Light + Human Health SymposiumA lighting research symposium organized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to explore how light affects human health

Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown – Atlanta, Georgia, USA – April 8-10, 2018

Extended Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2018
In order to allow presenters to complete their submissions during this busy time of the year, the symposium committee is extending the deadline for the Call for Posters to January 15, 2018.


How does light during the day and night affect our circadian, biological, and behavioral responses? At the 2018 IES Research Symposium, Light + Human Health, we will hear the latest research and consider how this research might affect current and future design applications. The Symposium will bring together researchers and design professionals 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 human health can be affected as a result. Topics of interest include:

  • Impacts of light on circadian rhythms and other physiological responses
  • Metrics and measurement approaches for light as it influences human health
  • Applications combining visual needs with human health concerns in the built environment

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:, IES Research Symposium Poster Coordinator. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should explain the poster content and how it relates to the Symposium theme.


  • January 15, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission
  • January 31, 2018: Authors notified of acceptance
  • March 15, 2018: Deadline for final poster abstract
  • April 8-10, 2018: Symposium – Atlanta, GA
  • April 30, 2018: 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)

Robert Davis, Ph.D., FIES – email:


If you have administration questions, contact the IES at

If you have technical questions about poster submission (topics, content), contact:

John Bullough, tel.: 518.687.7100 or email: