2011 - Daylight Symposium
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ACADEMIC FORUM by Steve Fotios
Steve Fotios (UK)
University Of Sheffield
On May 3rd, the VELUX Daylight Symposium introduced an international Academic Forum for PhD students, and the forum was used as a platform where students could share and exchange experiences in the field of daylighting research. The Academic Forum were attended by 30 PhD students from 9 countries. Together with the students, a panel of scientific experts supported the discussion. The experts invited were Barbara Matusiak (N), Marilyne Andersen (CH), Jennifer Veitch, Peter Boyce (UK), and Steve Fotios (UK).
Within the Academic Forum, we centered our constructive discussion of the students research projects, with focus on what was the key problems/challenges; how could I solve it? What was the methodology I would use?; Who faces these problems/challenges?; and Why should I solve it?. This presentation will highlight the discussions within the Academic Forum, and provide a general overview of all the PhD projects, which will show the great diversity of topics and methodologies. Further discussion will focus on how we maintain a ‘working’ forum among the PhD students.
Steve Fotios, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture at Sheffield University, UK. Steve Fotios leads research of lighting and visual perception, and his research focus on investigating interior and exterior lighting with a strong emphasis on methodology. Exterior lighting research has focussed on pedestrians, and how lighting affects reassurance, ability to detect pavement obstacles, and ability to recognise the intent of other people. Interior lighting research has examined spatial brightness and glare on display screens.