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Ljuskultur 3: First Symposium

In the third column for Ljuskultur, we present the outcomes of our inaugural symposium

Read, in Swedish, about the first symposium convened by the Light Collaboration Network which took place online in June 2021.

Representing the start of the LCN’s public work to improve collaboration within light research, architecture, design and industry, the symposium brought together a number of contributors from industry and academia in Sweden to discuss the challenges around improving communication and education opportunities across the disciplines.

The outcomes, as discussed in the article were summarised as:

Research

  • Science is a method, not a result and it requires help from industry in financing ongoing projects. This can be helped by more collaboration, transparency and access to academic information.
  • Time is a constraint for everyone, how can industry be encouraged and enabled to spend more time learning effectively about new research?
  • There is always a risk that small seeds of research can be over-interpreted by industry looking for the ‘next big thing’.

Education

Some ideas around improving education and knowledge exchange:

  • Improved access to academic publications
  • More awareness amongst academia about how to write with industry and end users in mind
  • What opportunities are there to increase knowledge transfer to industry through Continuing Professional Development activities?
  • There’s a role for a ‘translator’, someone who can stand between the research and its commercial implementation.
  • Journal clubs have proved popular in other sectors. Can regular meetings be established to update industry partners with research in an accessible format?

End users

  • There was a lot of focus on the end users: the clients. Often the cost of specified solutions can be deemed to be too expensive and end users don’t always understand what ‘good’ light is and it can become expendable after the design stage.
  • There’s a need for easy control systems, of which the end user can see the value.
  • Light is measurable and reports can be produced, but they can’t tell the whole story when it comes to user experience. How can we use evidence and research to quantify ‘good’ light design in a way which encourages its adaptation by clients and facility managers?

Interaction between Academia and Industry

The discussion brought up a variety of ideas for where the Light Collaboration could be involved in responding to the challenges identified:

  • Open Innovation Workshops
  • Common Research projects to help bridge the gap between academia and industry
  • Seek out case studies of research that has been implemented successfully
  • More common discussions and events, both online and physical

This summary, as well as a list of contributors and the programme for the afternoon are available as an earlier news item.

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Stuart Wales

Stuart works with arranging our events and communications. Originally from the UK, Stuart now lives in Umeå, Sweden, where he is experiencing first hand the effects of daylight seasonality.