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Age of Light Innovations

Age of Light Innovations

By Shelley James

Interviews with experts from around the world on the impact of light on performance and wellbeing.
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Interview with Dr Stuart Pierson, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Sir Jules Thorn Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institution (SCNi) 3 December 2021 

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Drivers for Change Panel Debate, 9th December 2021
Drivers for Change Panel Debate, 9th December 2021
This event is part of the Luna Pro campaign, a six-month programme of events, interviews and cross-sector debates to build the business case for healthy lighting. This has been made possible by a team of six international manufacturer sponsors and a global network of scientists, regulators, industry bodies and media specialists. We are building on a social media campaign earlier in the year to raise awareness among teens of the impact of lighting on their health and well-being. These ‘Tik Tok’ style videos reached 2.5 million young people around the world with a click-through rate of up to 230% among German students. The young people pointed out that they don’t buy the lights. It became clear that around 80% of the professionals who buy lighting for our homes and hospitals, schools and offices have no formal training. So I set out with this brilliant team to find successful business people who had invested in better-quality lighting as a sound financial decision. And it was surprisingly hard to find. But the people I did find were passionate advocates. They were all clear that spending a bit more was good for their people, good for profit and good for the planet. So why is it so hard to find people who are really willing to talk about how better-quality lighting stacks up in commercial terms - and then put their money on the line? It’s a huge tanker to turn around: a fragmented sector with split incentives, a lack of transparency and a sector built on short term results to shift boxes rather than lighting solutions that integrate daylight and longer-term whole life costing. I'm under no illusions. But the only way to do that is build bridges outside the lighting sector - thanks to people like our amazing panel today who are not only outstanding innovators, thinkers and leaders in their own fields, but also are starting to make a real difference to the way we buy lighting.
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January 07, 2022
Interview with Dr Belal Abboushi, Senior Associate Lighting Research Engineer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 11 November 2021
Interview with Dr Belal Abboushi, Senior Associate Lighting Research Engineer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 11 November 2021
Dr Belal Aboushi is a senior associate lighting research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this conversation, Belal shares some of his research into the role of light in creating a happy, healthy and productive workplace. He explains how four key dimensions of lighting combine to improve sleep duration and quality - intensity, spectral distribution, orientation and dynamic changes over time. He also describes research that explores the potential of artificial lighting to replicate some of these qualities - with promising results. If you want to reach out to Belal, see his contact information here. 
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January 04, 2022
Interview with Dr Stuart Pierson, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Sir Jules Thorn Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institution (SCNi) 3 December 2021 
Interview with Dr Stuart Pierson, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Sir Jules Thorn Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institution (SCNi) 3 December 2021 
Stuart Peirson is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Sir Jules Thorn Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institution (SCNi). He completed a PhD in Neuroscience on visual pigments and circadian biology at University College London in 2001. During his subsequent work at Imperial College, he contributed to the identification of the melanopsin pRGC system in humans as well as the characterisation of melanopsin signalling pathways. He was appointed as a Lecturer at Imperial College in 2005 before moving to the University of Oxford in 2006. His work has continued to focus upon characterising the signalling pathways mediating the effects of light on physiology and behaviour, with the aim of understanding mechanisms underlying sleep and circadian rhythm disruption.
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December 17, 2021
Interview with Steve Guy, Operational Services Manager, Norwich Biosciences Institute Interview November 2021
Interview with Steve Guy, Operational Services Manager, Norwich Biosciences Institute Interview November 2021
The Norwich Biosciences Institute is a cluster just outside Norwich of four international centers of excellence in plant science, microbiology, harnessing foo for health and controlling food-related disease: the Earlham Institute, the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, and Quadrant Institute of Bioscience. Steve recently oversaw the refurbishment of the lighting for two buildings in the business park.
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November 22, 2021
​Interview with Erik Askensjö, Manager Director, Schaeffler Sverige AB & Manager, Industrial Nordic and Baltic area 28 September 2021 
​Interview with Erik Askensjö, Manager Director, Schaeffler Sverige AB & Manager, Industrial Nordic and Baltic area 28 September 2021 
Interview with Erik Askensjö, Manager Director, Schaeffler Sverige AB & Manager, Industrial Nordic and Baltic area 28 September 2021
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October 12, 2021
Interview with Lawrence Harrison, Director at Light Planet, 24 August 2021
Interview with Lawrence Harrison, Director at Light Planet, 24 August 2021
In this conversation, Lawrence explains how he combines access to a range of manufacturer - and a pragmatic approach - to help his clients achieve more sustainable, affordable - and high-quality- lighting solutions in a range of sectors from educational to industrial, large and small, new build and retrofit projects.
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Rebecca Weir, Creative Director of Light IQ and Iain Johnson CEO of Rigby and Rigby, 24 August 2021
Interview with Rebecca Weir, Creative Director of Light IQ and Iain Johnson CEO of Rigby and Rigby, 24 August 2021
Interview with Rebecca Weir, Creative Director of Light IQ and Iain Johnson CEO of Rigby and Rigby, 24 August 2021
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Jim Collin, Partner and head of architectural lighting pf Annell Ljus + Form 29 June 2021
Interview with Jim Collin, Partner and head of architectural lighting pf Annell Ljus + Form 29 June 2021
Originally an electrical engineer Jim Collin went back to school to study lighting design when he realized that his metric toolbox was not enough to create good spaces for people. Following his degree Jim has spent the past 20 years enlightening people in the duality of light as a combination of function and aesthetics. After a multiple award-winning career in lighting design, ending as the international head of Light Bureau, Jim today drives his own business as an internationally hired speaker and lecturer in lighting combined with a partnership at the lighting supply company, Annell Ljus + Form. Jim has throughout his career strived to raise general awareness of the great potential in proper handling of the lighting matter. By creating good lighting for people, enormous energy savings can be made while lowering the total cost of the lighting installation. A true win-win-win situation
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Mark Ridler, Lighting Director of BDP 28 June 2021
Interview with Mark Ridler, Lighting Director of BDP 28 June 2021
Mark is an award winning international lighting designer who leads the lighting profession across BDP architects. He has ove35 years’ experience and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). After designing over 100 shows, he became an associate at MBLD in 1998 and joined BDP in 2003. Mark believes that collaboration is essential for great design and has recruited a vibrant team from varied backgrounds, including product designers, engineers, theatre designers and architects, effectively forging them into a winning force in international lighting design. Human interaction with architecture through the medium of light is central to his philosophy and practice. His projects are varied, covering commercial, public realm, leisure, retail, art and art galleries, transport and daylight design. Mark has won many international awards including an Award of Merit for Princesshay, Exeter, and the IALD Award of Excellence for Finsbury Avenue Square, London. Mark was named Lighting Designer of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards in 2014 and was honoured with a Special Recognition Award from the Institute of Lighting Professionals in 2016. Mark was Vice President, Architectural for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and its first Chartered Lighting Designer. He has authored the PLDA ethics policy and is one of the founders of the Joined Up Lighting initiative hosting regular seminars for industry professionals. He co-authored the BCO Guide for Office Lighting and is the founder of the Green Light Alliance, a body devoted to promoting the circular economy in lighting. In this conversation, Mark discusses the refit of the BDP office in Central London, his views on design and his work with the Green Light Alliance.
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Dr James Greenberg and team of Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Robert Soler, VP Biological Research and Technology of Bios Lightning 21 June 2021
Interview with Dr James Greenberg and team of Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Robert Soler, VP Biological Research and Technology of Bios Lightning 21 June 2021
Interview with Dr James Greenberg and team of Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Robert Soler, VP Biological Research and Technology of Bios Lightning 21 June 2021
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Ed Russell, CEO of WCS Care, 16 June 2021
Interview with Ed Russell, CEO of WCS Care, 16 June 2021
Ed has over 29 years’ experience working in health and social care in the not-for-profit sector. Joining WCS Care in 1992, Ed progressed from care worker to home manager, before moving into senior management in 2005. With his proven background in operational management, compliance and quality inspections Ed has led the management of HR, workforce development, health and safety, sales and marketing, and business growth and development. For the last nine years, Ed has also led WCS Care’s new build programme and the organisation’s use of innovation and technology. In 2016, Ed was instrumental in the creation of the country’s first care sector Innovation Hub, attracting over 700 national and international visitors, and significantly influencing the sector in its approach to the use of technology and innovation. In his role as Deputy Chief Executive, Ed contributed to numerous national and international events from the National Care Forum and CQC inspector conferences, to the 2020 Senior Living 100 leadership conference in the USA, successfully advocating for the use of technology and innovative approaches in the social care sector to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents. Now, as Chief Executive, Ed continues to have an eye on the here and now, as well as the future, believing passionately in WCS Care’s ambition of Every Day Well Lived, whilst constantly striving to develop the care services people will want in the future. Outside of work, Ed regularly contributes to the family farm where he lives in the Warwickshire countryside, ploughing fields or helping out with lambing. And in his spare time, Ed is a keen cricketer with a passion for classic cars. ​ For more information and to contact Ed please click this link
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Mark Major, Senior Designer of Speirs Major Light Architecture, 14 June 2021
Interview with Mark Major, Senior Designer of Speirs Major Light Architecture, 14 June 2021
Mark trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture. He was honoured as a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012, and is currently serving as Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry until 2022. Mark established Speirs Major, with Keith Bradshaw, who are recognised as being one of the world’s leading lighting designer practices, using light and darkness to enhance the experience of the visual environment. He has led a wide range of award-winning lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St. Mary Axe, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Recent award-winning projects include Gasholders London, The Macallan Distillery and Norwich Cathedral. He is a specialist in the field of urban lighting and was named as a key city advisor by Monocle in 2013.
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Florence Lam, Global Lighting Design Director of Arup, 10 June 2021
Interview with Florence Lam, Global Lighting Design Director of Arup, 10 June 2021
Interview with Florence Lam, Global Lighting Design Director of Arup, 10 June 2021
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September 24, 2021
Interview with Dr. Peggie Rothe, Chief Insights & Research Officer of Leesman, 7 May 2021
Interview with Dr. Peggie Rothe, Chief Insights & Research Officer of Leesman, 7 May 2021
Dr Peggie Rothe is passionate about employee workplace experience and the strategic role of workplaces in organisational success, and she has a deep understanding of the user perspective of the built environment. As Chief Insights & Research Officer at Leesman, her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace experience database and helping organisations understand the link between people and place. Before joining Leesman in 2014, she was as a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Management. She published her findings in several peer-reviewed academic journals and earned her doctorate in 2015. Prior to this, she worked as management consultant and real estate advisor.
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September 24, 2021