IES Research Symposium

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 In-person IES Research Symposium has been postponed to 2021. More information to follow.

Keynote Speaker

Brad Pease

Brad Pease, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President Technical Services Paladino and Company

Brad Pease is vice president at Paladino and Company, an internationally recognized green building consulting firm. Brad leverages the diverse expertise and perspectives of his team members to deliver sustainability concepts and technical design strategies to clients. Through rigorous technical analysis, Brad helps building owners, operators and developers optimize various sustainable strategies and high performance systems organized around the Triple Bottom Line.

Brad has supported clients in industries and sectors such as government, banking, commercial real estate, green building product manufacturing, hospitality, and food and beverage. He led Paladino’s work on The Tower at PNC Plaza, the greenest high-rise office tower in the world, which achieved LEED Platinum certification, and manages the firm’s engagement with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Building Operations to create more sustainable and energy efficient embassy buildings worldwide.

Brad will discuss the benefits of wellness design, a repeatable technique to quantify the business impact of wellness design features, and a couple of relevant case studies that show how third-party data informed design decisions. Learn how to translate research and building science into a language your clients can understand (money!).

Call for Posters

A lighting research symposium organized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to explore how quality lighting affects human behavior and performance

Orlando, Florida
April 27-29
Light + Quality


As energy regulators continue to push for energy codes that promote reduced lighting power densities and increased use of automatic lighting controls, the IES plays a key role in balancing these trends with protecting the quality of light. Lighting that addresses a holistic approach to satisfying human visual and non-visual needs must consider lighting quality concerns such as glare, color quality, flicker, luminance ratios, spatial distribution of light, and others. The Light + Quality Research Symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners for an open exchange of ideas that will influence future priorities for developing and adopting metrics, standards, and recommended practices.


Researchers and designers actively involved in the study and practice of light and lighting are invited to submit posters describing their work and how the quality of lighting can affect human performance, behavior and well-being. Topics of interest include:

  • Metrics of lighting quality that influence humans’ visual and non-visual responses
  • Methods and measuring techniques that allow to gather useful data for lighting quality research
  • Applications and case studies (economically feasible) showing how lighting positively affects humans

Posters, whether focused on research or applications, will be an integral part of this symposium supplementing the case studies and research findings of the invited speakers. Of particular interest will be examples that help explain certain lighting approaches or that challenge conventional wisdom. A dedicated session for viewing posters and interacting with poster presenters is included in the symposium agenda. Symposium attendance is limited to encourage attendee discussion and interaction with both authors and invited speakers. Authors of accepted posters will be invited to submit papers based on their posters for the Symposium Final Report (proceedings) and to the IES Journal Leukos.


Poster abstracts must be submitted via email to John Bullough (email: or Ute Besenecker (email:, IES Research Symposium Poster Coordinators. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, and should explain the poster content and how it relates to the Symposium theme.


  • January 15, 2020: Title, author information and abstract deadline
  • January 30, 2020: Authors notified of acceptance
  • April 27-29, 2020: Symposium
  • April 30, 2020: Deadline for poster PDF, extended abstract (1-2 pages/1-2 figures) or full paper (up to 10 pages) for inclusion in Symposium Final Report (proceedings)


Darcie Chinnis, Ph.D. – email:


If you have administration questions, contact: Zoe Milgram - (646) 834-1449 or at

If you have technical questions about poster submission (topics, content), contact: John Bullough, (518) 276.7138 or email: or Ute Besenecker, email:

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Light + Quality: Meaningful Metrics Beyond Energy
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Orlando, Florida
April 27-29, 2020

How do you balance the push for energy codes that require reduced lighting power densities and automatic lighting controls with a holistic view of the purpose of the lighting? Lighting that addresses a comprehensive approach to satisfying human visual and non-visual needs must consider lighting quality concerns such as glare, color quality, flicker, luminance ratios, spatial distribution of light, and others.

Research that documents how these lighting quality issues affect measurable human responses such as productivity, performance, comfort, satisfaction and overall well-being in a variety of lighting applications continues to emerge. More efforts are needed to inform future design directions and drive economic decisions to install high-quality lighting systems.

This symposium will consolidate the current evidence related to these topics and current metrics, and will define future research priorities.

All conference hotel information will be listed on this page and at no time will anyone outside IES or ConferenceDirect contact you regarding making or changing your hotel reservation. If someone does contact you, please direct them to Klara Steupert at or Diane Schroder at