The 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops: Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017.

Extended Abstract Submission DeadlineFeb 26th 2017.

Final Abstract Submission DeadlineMarch 31st 2017.


Lighting technology and science is a rapidly evolving field. Developments in colour and vision science, materials properties, and illumination and environmental engineering, pose new challenges and offer opportunities for lighting applications in museum environments.  These opportunities must be considered in the context of continuing pressure to improve the sustainability of energy use, and, crucially, to be compatible with existing principles of preventive conservation. Innovative design and energy management integration is even more critical than in the past, particularly with regards to the introduction of higher colour temperature lighting and intelligent lighting systems.


The 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops (London, September 11th-12th 2017), aims to explore all recent research and applications in the field of museum lighting, providing a dialogue platform for scientists, conservators, curators, architects, lighting professionals, and other academics and professionals working in the field. The event is jointly organised by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) founded by University College London (UCL), University of Brighton, and Oxford University and the Society of Light and Lighting.


We invite abstracts on (but not limited to) the following topics:


  • Human Colour Perception: Colour Appearance, Colour Constancy, Individual Differences in Colour Vision
  • Technology and Innovation: Spectrum Fine-Tuning, Energy Efficiency, Constraints, Daylighting, Connected Lighting, Luminaire Design, Light Sources
  • Physics of Light Measurement: Metrology, Colorimetry, and Photometry
  • Preventive Conservation and Policy: Materials Behaviour, Light Sensitivity Testing, Collections Management, Display Techniques
  • Visitor Experience: Visual Performance, Cognition, Behavior, Interpretation, Display Context, Emotions, Education, Colour preference


We particularly welcome collaborative work between academia, government, heritage institutions, and industry demonstrating successful applications of integrated science and technology in display and ambient illumination.


Abstracts should be 1000 words (and may contain figures and tables) and should be submitted by the 31st of March, 2017. All submissions will be double-blind reviewed. Following the event, accepted authors will be invited to submit longer papers to a dedicated special issue.

Submission is open, and accessible at