Unique intelligent event in St. Petersburg as a center of Russian lighting culture

Russian creative association of lighting designers RULD and CLD ITMO University, is one of the leading educational and experimental project at ITMO University in the fields of science, art, technology and lighting design, are pleased to announce The 4th International Research-to-Practice Conference Lighting Design – 2017. The event, which will be on the theme “Identity”, will bring together over 500 the leading Russian and foreign experts and be held at the high-tech New Stage complex of Alexandrinsky Theatre on October 12–13, 2017.

Entrance is free, registration is required

International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design is a unique annual international research-to-practice conference in St. Petersburg. From 2018 through to 2030, with a look towards 2050, this city will develop as the center of Russian Lighting Culture according to “The Complex Development Program of the city of St. Petersburg”. The International Conference is a key platform for the interaction of domestic and international representatives in the fields of science, business, art and the innovation sector to implement this program.

The main goal of the conference is to connect Science with Business through Art and Innovative Technology to develop a competitive market of lighting design and produce new ideas and trends. Over 500 architects, lighting designers, engineers, IT and multimedia specialists, scientists, representatives of Russian government, top-managers, set designers, producers and artists are expected to attend this year’s conference and discuss the main theme “Identity”.

Last year the International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design gathered 390 participants and attendees. 25% of them were top-managers and business owners. 41% were designers, lighting engineers, architects, artists, set designers, representatives of government, multimedia and the IT market. 34% were scientists, students, professors and staff members of universities and international laboratories. Eight countries were represented by international headliners from Germany, UK, USA, France, Hungary, Italy, Finland and Netherlands. More information about this event is available on this link.



390 people
visited Conference in 2016
66% of total participation
were specialists, top managers and owners of Russian and foreign companies
8 countries
presented the foreign speakers

The two-day event features four general panel discussions, more than 20 presentations, workshops and lectures given by key Russian and international experts. In addition to the main program, there will also be cultural and social events arranged, as well as open lectures for the city to promote the development of lighting culture and to increase awareness and knowledge amongst the local citizens in the field of science and light.

Furthermore, during the conference the Award Ceremony of the first International Lighting Design Competition will be held during the Festival "Night of Lights in Gatchina". The competition is organized by St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution of Culture “Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum” and the Higher School of Lighting Design (CLD ITMO University) with the support of the Committee of Culture of St. Petersburg. The best installations from the competition will be displayed for the visitors of the festival on the 12th of August 2017 along with professional installations that are included in the event’s main program. The winner of the competition will be chosen by the festival expert jury. The winner of the online poll will get the Audience Choice Award. The prizewinners will be announced at the 4th International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design in 2017.

Conference photos

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. Conference provides great networking opportunities to meet people who are interested in the same things you are on a deep level. If you have a desire to become a part of our project, we would be very glad to find the best ways of joint cooperation. More detailed information about partner and sponsorship you can find on the link below.

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Lighting Design Conference 2016