LumeNet is a research methods workshop for PhD research students studying lighting and related issues. It was established by Steve Fotios along with Jens Christoffersen of VELUX. There are annual events, focussing on daylight (the Academic Forum) and general lighting (LumeNet) in alternate years.

The aim is to raise discussion of research objectives and methodologies. To do this, students present their proposals to senior researchers in the field of lighting for critical review.

Professor Steve Fotios
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK






LumeNet logo designed by Aicha Diakite of Berlin Technical University.



LumeNet 2016: Belgium

This event is being organised by Peter Hanselaer of the Light & Lighting Laboratory at KU Leuven (Gent, Belgium) for April 2016. Lumenet 2016 Flyer (PDF 1.2MB)

Academic Forum, London, September 2015

The VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is held in connection with the biennial VELUX Daylight Symposium. The aim of the Daylight Academic Forum is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their current research projects with a panel of other fellow PhD students – supported by a panel of independent researchers – to get critical feedback at an early stage of a research project.

The forums give time for the students to discuss research methodology and how you, as a PhD student, can arrive better results of your experiment than to find out, from blind review, when your paper is rejected for publication.

Here Professor Steve Fotios talks about the aims of the forums and why he was involved in setting them up.



LumeNet 2014: Berlin Technical University, 10-11 April 2014

Alessia Pedace: It was a wonderful experience and I definetely recommend it to other PhD students! It really helped me understand the points I need to focus on in my PhD project, I am also grateful for being able to meet with other PhD students and share ideas with them.

Saurabh Sachdev: I would like to thank you again for giving me this incredible opportunity to be part of such a wonderful and informative workshop. It has been a unique learning experience for me. I am especially thankful to you, for being able to interact with some of the leading figures in Lighting Research.


LumeNet 2012: Sheffield University, 19-21 June 2012

Coralie Cauwerts: definitely the most interesting and exciting light-focussed event I have ever participated.

Mike Pointer: an excellent meeting …. a good balance between work and play.
Peter Boyce: just the right balance between detailed discussion of projects and general discussion of process.
Jennifer Veitch: a great opportunity for the reviewers and students alike to have detailed conversations about lighting research in all its fascinating aspects.
Ruth Kelly: a "must do" for any PhD student in the field of lighting.