A workshop for PhD research students
Thanks to everyone who attended, LumeNet 2012 was a great success!
There were 41 students (from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, USA, and the UK) who presented the methodology of their work for review by invited senior researchers – Peter Boyce, Jens Christoffersen, Steve Fotios, Kevin Houser, John Mardaljevic, Mike Pointer, Jennifer Veitch and Stephan Voelker. Comments (below) received from the students and reviewers show the general feeling that it was a worthwhile and constructive event.
Wednesday morning started with a presentation from Peter Boyce: Thursday morning commenced with a discussion of research publication.
The reviews were carried out in small groups. Students presented their work for review led by two senior researchers. An aim of LumeNet was to provide sufficient time for discussion, sadly lacking at many conferences, and thus each student was allocated approximately one hour for their review. A further aim was to encourage participation in discussions: an issue where further encouragement is still needed.
Networking is an essential part of conference meetings. We met initially on the Tuesday evening for a delicious vegetarian buffet from Blue Moon café. Wednesday evening we went to the Milestone, a restaurant just a few minutes’ walk from the University that specialises in locally sourced food. And for those who waited following the meal, Jemima led a guerrilla lighting display!
Future events are being planned! This may include a daylight-focussed meeting in Copenhagen in 2013, and a broader lighting focus in Berlin in 2014. PhD students at an early stage in their research are advised to attend!
Finally, I must say thanks to VELUX, Thorn Lighting, Zumtobel Lighting and the Society of Light & Lighting for sponsoring LumeNet 2012. With their support it was possible to avoid a registration fee, which appears to be a barrier to attendance at some events.
Comments from the reviewers:
I thought it struck just the right balance between detailed discussion of projects and general discussion of process. I am sure everybody learnt something and many made valuable contacts. Overall, it was a very worthwhile meeting.
… an excellent meeting which seemed to have been enjoyed by all. The organisation was brilliant with a good balance between work and play.
I loved the conversational format, which allowed our small groups to pursue ideas without the need to stick to a rigid timeline. We were able to linger on a topic when deeper discussion was warranted, and these were some of the most fruitful periods of the workshop. It was also great to learn about the research problems that others are studying, and it was exciting to see so much enthusiasm and passion from all involved.
Kevin Houser, Penn State University
… and from the PhD students:
I certainly found the entire event beneficial at this very early stage of my research. It opened my eyes to the standards that I need to achieve and gave me new found enthusiasm to work towards them. Thank you once again for your hospitality and critical feedback on my work.
James Duff, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
It was a pleasure to be a part of LumeNet 2012! Thanks to you and your students for the excellent organization of the whole event. Loved it!
Jan Winter, Berlin Institute of Technology
Thanks very much for organising it, it was a really worthwhile event - in fact I'd go so far as to say it was a "must do" for any PhD student in the field of lighting. I'm particularly grateful for being able to have some time with Peter Boyce!
Ruth Kelly, De Montfort University
I think I met all the goals and I'll recommend Liisa to send someone there also in the future. I was really impressed for your devotion on the lighting.
Heli Nikunen, Aalto University