Prof. Michael F. Rohde, FILD, LiTG

Michael F. Rohde, is a German based practicing lighting designer and Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Architectural Lighting Design at the Hochschule Wismar, University of Technology, Business and Design Wismar, Germany. He completed his studies of Architecture at Karlsruhe University, Germany.
After three years of practice as an architect, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Light and Lighting from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL in London, UK.
In 1998, he founded L‐Plan Lighting Design, an independent lighting design practice in Berlin, Germany.
L-Plan provide lighting design services in all areas of artificial and day lighting for built environments.
In 2008, Michael established the Light Symposium Wismar (LSW), in concurrence with the 100th anniversary of Hochschule Wismar (HSW), to create an interdisciplinary event where light and health could be holistically addressed and connected with research and practice. He is Co-Chair of Scientific Committee.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska,

Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska, is a practising lighting architect, researcher & educator.
She completed her Master’s degree (2002) and PhD degree (2013) in Architecture and Urban Planning at Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT), Poland. She also has a degree in Architectural Engineering at HAWK, Hildesheim, Germany (2004).
Since 2018, Karolina is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, and co-founder of GUT LightLab, where she conducts research on various aspects of light and lighting in the built environment.
She was recognized with Polish Prime Minister's Research Award (2014), and the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award in the category "Research" for her work and research on the non-visual effects on light for humans, flora and fauna (2015). And recently she was awarded the IDA’s Galileo Research Award (2020).
She is also actively engaged in the Technical Committee work of international organisations such as the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), providing guidelines and sharing best practice for night-time illumination in the built and natural environment.
Karolina joined Light Symposium Wismar (LSW) in 2014, and is Co-Chair of Scientific Committee.

Dr. Ahmet Cakir

Ahmet Çakir, is Director of the ERGONOMIC Institute, Berlin. He studied telecommunication technology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. After receiving his doctorate degree in lighting technology, he served a research fellow with the Institute of Ergonomics, where he investigated VDT utilisation in German industries, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The scientific outcome of this study forms the main basis for German standards governing computerised workplaces. He was the principal author of “The VDT Manual”, which was published in five languages.
Since 1980, he has been the scientific manager of the ERGONOMIC Institute for Social and Occupational Sciences in Berlin, Germany. He is a fellow of the Ergonomic Society and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Behaviour & Information Technology. He is also chair of the international committee ISO/TC159/SC4/WG3 responsible for the standardisation of workspace and the work environment, and of the national German committee NAErg/NIA: Ergonomics for Information Processing Systems.
The publication of his research report “Light and Health” in 1990 marked the beginning of the ongoing debate on the health effects of lighting in work environments.

Gisela Cakir

Gisela Çakir, is Managing Director of the ERGONOMIC Institute for Social and Occupational Sciences in Berlin, Germany and a consultant in ergonomics, light and lighting.
In 1972, she completed her studies in telecommunication technology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Upon graduating, she worked as a computer specialist for Siemens until 1979.
Gisela has been a member of several DIN standard committees for artificial lighting. Since 2000 she has been a member of the board of FitLicht e.V.

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kramer, DIN, LiTG, CIE, FILD

Heinrich Kramer, is a retired practicing lighting designer and educator. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany in 1965, and obtained PhD degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. He has since devoted his efforts exclusively to lighting design.
From 1971 to 1980, he was head of the Marketing, Research and Development Department for a luminaire manufacturer.In 1980, together with H. T. von Malotki, he founded LICHTDESIGN studio in Cologne, Germany. Since 1990, he served as the general manager of the company. During his tenure, he has designed artificial and natural lighting for projects with many famous architects such as: Hollein, Foster, Meier, Nouvel, Pei and Ungers. Heinrich also owns several patents in luminaire design.
He was a founding member of the European Lighting Designers‘ Association (ELDA+) and was made a fellow member of the PLDA after a period of four years as its President (1995-1999).
Since 1988, he has been lecturing at the Faculty of Architecture of RWTH Aachen University. In 2000 he became an honorary professor at the same faculty, and since 2006 he has held the title of Professor Emeritus.
He is a member of several national and international committees responsible for the standardisation of light and lighting (DIN, LiTG, CIE).
Since 2014, Prof. Kramer has been a founding member of the Federation of International Lighting Designers (FILD).

Catherine Pérez Vega, MA, PhD CAND.

Catherine Pérez Vega, is a Panamanian interdisciplinary designer and researcher. She holds a bachelor degree in Product Design from L’École Supérieure de Design from France and a master degree in Architectural Lighting Design at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business, and Design, Germany.
She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Biology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany with her research taking place at the Light Pollution and Ecophysiology research group of Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Her work involves the interphase of ecology and architectural lighting to mitigate environmental solutions for urban lighting design applications.