by the VELUX Group

The VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is held in connection with the biennial VELUX Daylight Symposium and provides PhD students with a unique opportunity to discuss their current research projects with a panel of fellow PhD students – supported by a panel of independent researchers – to get critical feedback at an early stage of a research project.

On 2 May 2017, we invite all PhD students working with daylight research to join the 4th VELUX Daylight Academic Forum at Technische Universität Berlin.

This year’s forum will create a special environment for PhD students to discuss research methodology and to find ways to arrive at better results with their experiments rather than find them during later stages, or from a blind review if their paper is rejected for publication. Through the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum, students will have excellent opportunities to develop their work while exploring further opportunities in daylight research.

“Innovative events such as the Academic Forum
(hosted by VELUX in Lausanne in May 2011) contribute to the
strength of the next generation of lighting researchers”

Jennifer Veitch, Principal Research Officer at National Research Council of Canada
– “The future looks bright” from Lighting Research and Technology, 2011; 43: 402

 Daylight Academic Forum

How is it different?

The Daylight Academic Forum is designed to overcome the limitations of conferences by:

  • Providing each student with a significant session that is devoted mostly to critical discussion with invited senior researchers and fellow students
  • Focusing on the aims and methods of research, not the results
  • Making attendance to the Daylight Academic Forum accessible to many students from around the world by having no registration or admittance fee

How will you benefit?

By attending the Daylight Academic Forum you will:

  • Meet and network with fellow PhD students working with daylight as their main topic
  • Receive constructive feedback from a group of international researchers, fellow students and have the opportunity to sharpen your research project
  • Have the opportunity to join in the full VELUX Daylight Symposium programme to experience the Symposium presentations, as well as viewpoints from the engineering and architectural practice as well as policy makers

What can you expect?

Get some insight into the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum through the experiences from three 2015 attendees, as well as Steve Fotios and Koen Steemers:

In previous years, researchers have presented daylight-inspired ideas on topics like energy saving, health, sustainability, visual comfort, metaphysics and more. Get inspired by past participants of the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum and view their research projects now in the world’s first library of PhD theses on daylight research: The Daylight Site Library.

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Register for the Daylight Academic Forum


Abstracts should be submitted by email to before 17 February 2017.