Record number of submissions promisses high-level CPD

Record number of submissions promisses high-level CPD


submissionsby Joachim Ritter

Now the Call for Papers for PLDC 2017 in Paris has closed, the team of organisers can now draw an initial balance of the lighting design community’s interest in the Thought Leadership event in Paris as well as of the standard of the programme that will ultimately be presented.

The challenge is now to coordinate the evaluation of the 260 proposals submitted and to then compile a high-quality programme with the selected papers. Including the 80 applications received for the young designers‘ speaker competition “The Challenge”, the total number of submissions exceeds the proposals submitted for the Rome event by almost 20 per cent (225 submissions plus 50 for “The Challenge”). Fifty proposals were submitted for the tracks Urban Life 4.0 and Case Studies, respectively. The 80 submissions received for the Research track are an indication of the potential for dynamic growth in knowledge building in the field of lighting design. But professional practice is also a topic that concerns many designers. For this track 58 submissions were received.

Every proposal submitted will now be blind-reviewed by three members of the international Paper Selection Committee, which comprises over 20 experienced professionals. The proposals are assessed for their importance, their relevance and their innovative quality. In February, the programme is then put together based on the Paper Selection Committee’s evaluations and recommendations.

Over the last ten years, and based on this concept, PLDC has been able to raise the quality of the papers presented to above that of comparable events and include papers that have not been presented before in the lighting world. Every PLDC has thus become an indicator of the topics and issues that will be concerning the design community in the ensuing two years. And it is therefore also an event that inspires, encourages and promotes further education.

PLDC provides a sound basis for continuing professional development on an individual basis. In the near future VIA is planning to complement this basis for continuing professional development by offering and providing further information and assistance when it comes to expanding knowledge and skills, and thereby help define and support the creation of a career path in Lighting Design. In future, CPD – Continuing Professional Development – will gain a professional basis and, if accepted by the lighting design community, will accelerate the process to gain political recognition for Lighting Design as a profession, as defined in the Declaration approved by the plenary session at the first PLDC in London in 2007.

Ten years after the first PLDC in London, PLDC 2017 in Paris can become a true turning point for the profession.