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VELUX Daylight Academic Forum

More than 10 years ago, Professor Steve Fotios (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Jens Christoffersen sat down with an idea to establish a network where PhD students from around the world could meet. This network is now an established yearly event with two parts: the VELUX Academic Forum events, focusing primarily on daylight, and the LumeNet events, extending to broader lighting research. This network aims to provide PhD students with an opportunity to present their work to an invited panel of leading academic experts and fellow students. Each student receives dedicated time for discussion and feedback on developing their project further.

Contrary to scientific conferences, these discussions primarily focus on research objectives and methodologies, rather than scientific results. Over the years, more than 200 PhD students have attended these events, and several of these students have now established careers in academia.


The Daylight Academic Forum is designed to overcome the limitations of conferences by:


  1. Providing each student with a significant session that is devoted mostly to critical discussion with invited senior researchers
  2. Focusing on the aims and methods of research, not the results
  3. Making attendance to the Daylight Academic Forum accessible to many students from around the world by having no registration or admittance fee
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Attending Daylight Academic Forum 

By attending the Daylight Academic Forum you will:

  • Meet and network with fellow PhD students working with daylight as their main topic
  • Receive constructive feedback from a group of international researchers and fellow students, and leave with the opportunity to sharpen your research project
  • Another intention of these events is to support PhD students with the challenges they face in their academic journeys through mentorship. These networking events connect PhD students and academic experts and foster lifelong connections between students across academic institutions.


In this section you will find information about past and upcoming VELUX Daylight Academic Forum events, including the participants’ name and affiliation, as well as a brief description of their research subject. In the library section you will find links to completed thesis from the students who attended the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum.

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