PLDC 2017 to be held in Paris

June 20, 2016

(France) – The Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2017, will be held in Paris from November 1-4 2017.

With a modernised conference format, PLDC 2017 will take place at the Palais des Congres, a modern convention centre that claims to be the largest in Europe.

The PLDC remains a four-track conference, but the structure has been amended slightly so that the audience will only have to select between three papers at the same time instead of four. The research track has been split into two and will feature 20-minute papers on research findings form independent researchers and designers plus cutting-edge R&D input.

In preparation for the convention in Paris, and to give the Professional Lighting Design community the opportunity to meet a regular basis in the run-up to PLDC, a series of warm-up events will be held around the world. These will include evening events, breakfast meetings, film screenings, museum visits and much more.

Warm-up events are open to the entire lighting design community and lighting enthusiasts who are new to the market, and are designed to provide a networking platform with a back-up educational or cultural programme.

Warm-up events in preparation

Paris: July 7, 2016

The event will be in close collaboration with PLDC partner ACE, the French lighting designers’ association. ACE will be hosting the warm-up together with iGuzzini. As indication of the quality that PLDC conference papers offer, the evening will include a keynote presentation given by the enthusiastic international lighting designer Emrah Baki Ulas, who has given papers at former PLDC events.

Wismar: October 2016

At the close of the Light Symposium, the Events Team and partners will be inviting the seminar attendees to an evening event and cult party.

Dubai: October 2016

On the occasion of Light Middle East, the VIA Events team and partners will be organising a PLD-interactive seminar.

Vienna: November 2016

An advanced practical workshop on museum lighting, headed by Francesco Iannone and Serena Tellini, will be held in one of the world’s most famous museums in Vienna.

London: February 2017

Round III of The Challenge: A two-day conference.

The Challenge 2016/17 edition

The new edition of The Challenge promises to discover more new talents in the upcoming 18 months. The Challenge is a talent promotion project in the form on a speaker competition in four rounds. Participants can be students or recent graduates embarking on a career as a lighting designer. The goal of the programme is to activate more students and recent graduates from more schools to interact with each other, learn from each other and from experienced professionals, and become a more accepted part of the lighting design community. So far, 20 universities have already confirmed their participation in this global competition.