Light Symposium Wismar (LSW), organized by Hochschule Wismar, the University of Applied Sciences Technology Business and Design in Wismar, Germany, will take place October 12 – 14, 2016. This is the fifth iteration of the LSW symposium, and this year’s theme is “Future of Healthy Light and Lighting in Daily Life.” The 13 scheduled speakers, who represent the lighting design, art, environmental science, and medical science professions, and hail from Germany, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, and the United Kingdom, will discuss the latest developments in light and health topics as it applies to research, theory, technology, design, and applications.

The program also includes two keynotes speakers: Mark Major and Alexander Wunsch. Major, founding partner of U.K.-based Speirs + Major, will give a talk on Oct. 13, titled, “The Qualities of the Night – Why We Need Light After Dark.” On Oct. 14, Wunsch, a physician, researcher and lecturer in light medicine and photobiology will give his presentation titled, “Photoendocrinology and How Natural and Artificial Light Impact on the Human Endocrine System and Hormones.”

In addition to the scheduled talks and keynotes there are several complementary activities taking place during the symposium: Attendees will be able to test the latest lighting measuring devices in the Experience Room; there will be guided tours of the old town of Wismar; and the Light Symposium Paper Competition awards will be presented. The symposium concludes with a Professional Lighting Design Conference (PLDC) 2017 Warm-Up event in advance of the PLDC Conference, which will take place in Paris, November 1 – 4, 2017. Following the Light Symposium, on Saturday October 15th, VIA-Verlag will host a meeting for early career researchers.

For more information about Light Symposium Wismar 2016, go to the symposium website. Additional questions can be addressed to symposium organizer Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska, via e-mail: