IES & DOE 2024 Research Symposium

Symposium dates: 15 – 16 May, 2024
Location: OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
New this year! The IES and US Department of Energy will co-host the biennial Research Symposium. This event is structured to address specific areas of interest through invited participation of internationally recognized experts who present the most current knowledge on the topics. As in all our events, we seek to engage and collaborate with the broad diversity of interests contained within the lighting research community.

The 2024 Symposium will offer an expanded focus on research trends for next-generation lighting tools, new recommendations and methods to evaluate health impacts, innovative approaches to environmental stewardship and support of sustainable lighting practices, novel tools for post-occupancy evaluations, and design for resiliency.

Attendees will receive 9.5 CEUs.

Registration Now Open


Registration Rates

Regular Rate

IES Members




SOLD OUT Optional Tour of PNNL Lighting Science & Technology Lab

On Thursday, there will be an optional tour of research experiments at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Lighting Science & Technology Lab. Space is limited!

$25 Tour Transportation Cost

PNNL is a leading laboratory for lab- and field-based lighting research. Come join us after the end of the event to take a look at some of their cutting-edge experiments.


Wednesday, May 15
Thursday, May 16
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Registration Opens; Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Welcome/Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m

Ecological Considerations

Creating sustainable luminous environments demands a thorough understanding of lighting’s impacts on both human well-being and our broader ecosystems. This panel will bring together a diverse group of practitioners, researchers, and lighting manufacturers to advance the dialogue on how the lighting industry can significantly reduce its negative ecological impacts. Moving beyond solely a discourse on energy use, we will explore current research and practices that highlight opportunities to reduce embodied carbon in luminaires and mitigate the impacts of anthropogenic light at night. This session is a platform for deepening the understanding of current sustainable lighting practices and the lighting industry’s vital role in environmental stewardship.

Moderator: Dan Weissman, Lam Partners

  • Sean Darras, lightly
  • Kate Hickcox, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Brad Schlesselman, Musco / DarkSky International
  • Leela Shanker, WAP Sustainability Consulting
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Design for Resiliency

The improved efficiency and robustness of LED lighting enables greater resiliency in lighting systems, and this session will explore the latest thinking on design for resiliency. Reduced power consumption means there is reduced reliance on power sources and greater potential for local renewable energy or battery power. As a critical service, the resiliency of lighting systems should be considered as part of the lighting design, selection, and installation process. Considerations of resiliency include mechanical and electrical resiliency, usability, and reliability in the face of natural and man-made adverse events.

Moderator: Morgan Pattison, SSLS, Inc.

  • Nelson Jenkins, Lumen Architecture
  • Szymon Slupik, Silvair
  • Zach Suchara, LUMA Lighting Design
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.


Sponsored by DALI Allliance

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

L-Prize Innovation

The DOE L-Prize competition is designed to spur ground-breaking innovation for next-generation lighting in commercial buildings. DOE deliberately set the bar high, with ambitious innovation goals for efficiency, sustainability, connectivity, and more. Six winning prototypes demonstrated extraordinary performance and capabilities, and this session will gather these leading-edge innovators to explore what they see as the biggest remaining challenges, and what this prize teaches us about future research needs.

Moderator: Gabe Arnold, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Scott Metker, Autani
  • Cary Eskow, Grid Interactive Efficient Building Alliance (GiEBA)
  • Sean Darras, lightly
  • Stephen Zhou, McWong International
  • Kelly Seeger and Magdalena Beverly, Signify
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Topic Tables

This is your opportunity to provide input to IES and DOE! Registered attendees will select a single research topic from the provided list for small-group discussion. Each group will examine why this topic is important and what the technical challenges are. Some “questions to consider” will be provided for each topic to help spur the discussion. The inputs from each group will be used to guide planning for future DOE and IES research activities as well as IES technical committees

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.  

Happy Hour

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Light and Health: Translating Research into Recommendations

 For more than two decades, the academic research community has been investigating the impact of light on human health and wellbeing. While this remains an active area of research, new recommendations for indoor light exposure have emerged, considering the sensitivity of the human circadian, neuroendocrine, and alerting responses to light. This session provides an overview of the latest research findings, how these findings have been integrated into current recommendations for indoor light exposure, and finally, how these recommendations translate to lighting design and practice.  

Moderator: Morgan Pattison, SSLS, Inc.

  • Steven Lockley, Harvard Medical School
  • Renske Lok, Stanford University
  • Lisa Ostrin, University of Houston
10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

 Next-Generation Lighting Tools

As the lighting industry evolves, so do our tools. Artificial intelligence is impacting design and is poised to be integrated into industry practice and processes. This session will address new products and software that are adapting to meet new market expectations. The internet, electronics, and telecom industries are converging with lighting with the intent of adding it to their offerings. Trends including decarbonization, lighting for health, and a circular economy are triggering new standards and regulations that provide guidance and guiderails for lighting professionals. Join knowledgeable experts for a discussion of the next generation of tools available and needed for architectural lighting to meet current and future demands.

 Moderator: Mark Lien, Illuminating Engineering Society.

  • Michael Davidson, Synapse Wireless
  • Thomas Paterson, Lux Populi
  • Eve Phillips, Capital One, formerly of Google AI
  • Jon Sargent, Solemma
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.


Sponsored by UL Solutions

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Novel Methods for Post-Occupancy Evaluations

 Post-occupancy evaluations are somewhat common practice for measuring the success of a lighting project, testing a design hypothesis, or identifying lessons learned for future designers. Historically, these evaluations have linked relatively static estimates of lighting quantities to occupant feedback collected from surveys or interviews; however, new technology has enabled more sophisticated assessments of increasingly capable daylighting and electric lighting systems. This session will highlight novel methods for characterizing occupant light exposure and discuss how these methods can deepen our understanding of the relationship between lighting conditions in real-world applications and occupant outcomes.

 Moderator: Andrea Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  • Mike Martinez, Atelier Ten
  • Shadab Rahman, Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Siobhan Rockcastle, University of Oregon
3:00 p.m

Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m.

Optional Tour of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Lighting Science & Technology Lab

Partner Opportunities are Now Open

This is an exclusive opportunity to partner with this co-hosted IES and DOE Research Symposium. Choose from packages that include in-person engagement opportunities, branding visibility before, during, and after the event, together with complimentary Symposium registration and marketing opportunities.
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Housing & Transportation

There is no preferred hotel or hotel block this year. Feel free to stay wherever your points will take you! OMSI is conveniently located along the Willamette River, and is accessible by Portland Streetcar, Trimet, bike, or car.

Registration Now Open


Thank you to our 2024 Partners!

To become a 2024 Research Symposium Partner, please contact Graham Kirk:
Lunch Partner: Day One
Lunch Partner: Day Two
Networking Break Partner

Cancellation Policy

Registrants/Sponsors who cancel their registration for any reason (including the denial of a travel visa due to delays or other issues) will receive a refund according to the following schedule:

  • Registration canceled more than 30 days before the event will be refunded.
  • Registrations canceled less than 30 days but more than ten days before the event will be refunded 75% of the registration fee.
  • Registration canceled less than ten days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • No refunds are granted for “no-shows.”
  • Transfers and substitutions of registration are not allowed. 

Processing of Refunds

  • Refunds of registrations paid by credit card will be made by refunding to that credit card. Refunds of registrations paid by cheque will be made by check to the person or organization that issued the check.
  • All refunds should be requested in writing by completing the Refund Request form (over-the-phone cancellations will NOT be accepted). ALL cancellations and refunds processed will incur a $99 cancellation/processing fee