20201 IES Annual Conference Virtual Save the Date August 9-13

The theme for the 2021 IES Annual Conference is Brighter. Together.
Over the course of the last year, perseverance, persistence, and unity have all become key touchpoints throughout many aspects of our lives. This year’s conference theme not only speaks to those feelings and invokes a feeling of anticipation and hope for the year to come, but it also calls to mind the frenzy of research, development, and inspiration that has defined the last decade in lighting while acknowledging the growing importance of lighting as one of the many disciplines that combine to form the built environment.

This broad theme explores the relationship between light and the lighting community. The objective of this conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and other design-related disciplines. This year's theme is intended to spark the conversation about how light is used, how light affects the user, and how we affect and inspire each other. In addition to speaker presentations, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.

The IES Annual Conference offers subject-matter experts a platform to present their ideas, research, and project experience to a premier community of lighting professionals. It brings together industry thought-leaders, provocateurs, authors, and other highly qualified professionals to share their unique perspectives and contributions in an ever-changing market.

Your participation will provide you with an opportunity to engage with professionals across multiple disciplines with varying degrees of experience. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Share your knowledge with industry colleagues
  • Network within the global lighting community
  • Obtain immediate feedback and reactions to your work

We invite you to submit your presentation ideas, particularly drawing from the interpretations of the theme Brighter. Together., that deliver unique educational and relevant experiences for attendees. Formats can include interactive sessions, lectures, and roundtable discussions. While the traditional lecture-style presentation is a fine and trusted format, we encourage you to be creative in your approach and welcome submissions that use video, live demonstrations, audience interaction, and other techniques to create new experiences for conference attendees.

Sessions can investigate the role of lighting relative to:

  • Application Case Studies
  • Evidence Based Design research
  • Controls
  • Human Centric design & wellness
  • Art and Communication
  • Profitability and Economic Impact of Technologies
  • Career: Education Planning and Business Building

Conference attendees include lighting specifiers, lighting manufacturers and representatives, architects, interior designers, educators, researchers, and students.

Deadline for Speaker submissions has been extended to April 12, 2021
Deadline for Technical Papers is May 6, 2021
Deadline for Posters is May 13, 2021
Submitters notified by May 28, 2021


On behalf of the IES and members of the Annual Conference Committee, THANK YOU, and we look forward to receiving your submission for consideration.

Best Regards,

Dave Young
IES Annual Conference Committee Chair