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About PLDC

PLDC stands for Professional Lighting Design Convention.


What is PLDC all about?

This biannual Convention was created for the global lighting design market. Designers, lighting architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities.

PLDC is supported by major market players, associations, universities and industry.
To date events have been held in
–  2007 in London/UK
–  2009 in Berlin/D
–  2011 in Madrid/E
–  2013 in Copenhagen/DK (old website)
Over the years PLDC has registered altogether almost 5000 attendees.

In 2013 in Copenhagen PLDC brought together
– 1500 attendees
– representatives from 24 associations
– representatives from 34 universities
– an exhibition of 60 partners from the lighting industry
– 18 media partners

PLDC 2015 will held be in Rome, Italy.
Based on the successful proven concept, PLDC will again be built around a three-day professional conference offering approximately 70 presentations given by high-profile speakers. All submissions will be blind-reviewed by an independent jury of experts from the lighting business. The convention will also include invited Keynote Speakers, a sponsoring partners’ meeting area, pre-convention meetings, social events, self-running electronic poster presentations and a Gala Dinner during which the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Awards will be given for outstanding achievements in Architectural Lighting Design.
PLDC offers further and continuing education in the field of lighting design and the presentation of cutting-edge technologies. PLDC 2015 will comprise the next chapter in a history of successful conventions. The convention offers a communication platform for established lighting designers, researchers, students, manufacturers, city planners, architects and related professions to network, exchange and share knowledge and new approaches in the field of light and lighting.

“An educated decision”
This year’s motto is a clear announcement and appeal for more education in the field of architectural lighting design. On the one hand, lighting design is an independent profession and the scope of work and value of working with a lighting designer needs to be communicated to related professions, clients and end-users. On the other hand, new technologies and the scope they offer, as well as the latest research findings, also demonstrate the need for more education on the part of the lighting designer him-/herself to ensure all clients’ needs and forthcoming standards can be met. PLDC 2015 will address education on both levels, taking the lighting design community’s efforts a step further and contributing towards all involved being able to make an educated decision in future!

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