2018 IES Annual Conference Call for Presenters

Relevant Dates
Submissions Close: March 30
Submissions Reviewed: April 2-20
Submitters Notified: April 23
Draft Due: May 25
Final Presentation and Handouts Due: June 1

Poster Submissions Close: May 1
Paper Submissions Close: May 19
Presentations Reviewed: April 2-20
Presenters Notified: April 23
Presentation Draft Due: May 25
Final Papers Due: June 29
Final Paper Slides Due: July 17

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference provides a range of educational programming–including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and other design disciplines.

The 2018 Annual Conference will foster personal and career growth through educational and networking opportunities and enable attendees to earn CEU credits through participation. The theme of this year’s conference is “Light.Balance.”

About the Conference
In addition to a provocative keynote presentation, attendees will hear from noted professionals and subject matter experts as they introduce and discuss topics relevant to the “Light.Balance” theme in a variety of formats. Breakout sessions will allow attendees to gather in smaller settings to participate in seminar and paper presentations.

Date and Location
August 9-11, 2018
Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, MA

Submission Formats
The IES Annual Conference is an educational and technical conference. Presentations must strictly adhere to the IES’s non-commercial policy. You may submit an abstract for presentation in the three following categories:

*Educational Programming Session (one hour) Use this link to submit (you will be required to set up an account first). If accepted, your full presentation will be due June 1, 2018. Extensions past June 1 are not permitted under any circumstances. Missed deadlines will result in cancellation of the presentation.

*Technical Paper & 30-minute presentation – Submit extended abstract, up to 3 pages (maximum 800 Words, plus figures), by May 1. Details on how to submit and desired abstract content can be found here. Final written papers (up to 8 pages) are due by June 29, with presentation slides due by July 17.

*Poster Session Presentation – Submit extended abstract, up to 3 pages (maximum 800 Words, plus figures), by May 19. Details on submitting and desired content can be found here.

Ideas for Educational Programming Sessions:

*Art and Application – Inspirational sessions and case studies exploring new pathways for defining and designing connections between humans and their built environment. Sessions may address: how the art of lighting design impacts the human condition; experiential lighting installations; integrated design; how the evolution of new technology enhances or alters our perception and execution of design.

*Science and Research – Human Factors, Health and Technology sessions that delve into the new and exciting research in lighting design. Sessions may address: recommended practice, tools, and relevant industry or education-related topics and issues; modes of teaching and learning about light; the exploration of new lighting technologies; scientific research, sources, luminaires, controls, alternative energy sources, daylighting or adaptation of peripheral technologies and their application to lighting design.

*Career/Education Planning and Business Building – Sessions may include: new ideas on instructional theory for lighting programs; creating life-long learners and transitioning new professionals into our industry. Topics not generally taught in a conventional academic lighting program – recruiting, managing and motivating people, effective communication skills, making impactful presentations, building and maintaining a profitable business, planning for transition, contract negotiations, work/life balance. Defining the myriad professional roles and their critical functions within the lighting design industry, such as distributor, broker, owner’s rep, manufacturers rep, general and electrical contractor.


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