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Lighting Research Center to Host Research Summit

Lighting Research Center to Host Research Summit

TROY, N.Y. — The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold its 2019 Research Summit from October 15-17 in Troy, New York. At the event, LRC Partners, Alliance Members, and LRC Members will come together to network, discuss, contribute, and learn from each other on timely topics related to the impact of light on society and the environment.

The event starts on the evening of Tuesday, October 15 with tours of the LRC facilities, networking events, and a keynote dinner where Dr. Mark Rea of the LRC will discuss the new lighting ecosystem – using lighting to improve human health, enhance food production, and manage renewable energy supplies in the new electric grid. Wednesday, October 16 is a full day with keynote speakers for each of this year’s themed pillars:

  • Lighting for Healthcare & Humanity – Robert White, M.D., Director of the Regional Newborn Program at Beacon Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Standards Committee for NICU Design
  • Agricultural Lighting – Roger N. Beachy, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Washington University, who led the National Institute of Food and Agriculture under President Obama
  • Lighting & the Grid – Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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Thursday, October 17 is a half-day workshop led by industry veteran Govi Rao, co-founder and Managing Partner of Carbon Group Global and champion of sustainability. Building on the foundation of the first two days, this last session of the conference will focus on laying the groundwork for a collaborative, integrated and comprehensive approach involving all stakeholders from public and private sectors to academia and civil society — to reframe lighting in the context of global goals, fueled by the emerging possibilities brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution — placing customers at the epicenter of the economy and improving how they are served. Learn more.

This event is open to LRC Partners, Alliance Members, and LRC Members.

Additional information about the summit is available at


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