6th DIN Expert Forum
DIN's Lighting Technology Standards Committee (FNL) staged the sixth DIN Expert Forum in Berlin on 28 June 2012 as part of the "Innovation through norms and standards (INS)" programme financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
(2012-07-02) Every type of lighting, whether artificial or natural, affects the biological system of human beings. It is true of the standard illumination that is to be found everywhere, and it also applies to darkness. This is why it is so important not only to have optimum lighting conditions but also to have the right light at the right time.
The six DIN Expert Forums that have taken place once a year since 2007 deal with these topics, with scientists from various disciplines presenting their most recent findings for discussion.
In the morning session, the 130 or so attendees of the sixth DIN Expert Forum listened to six highly interesting presentations on the current status of basic research on light, chronobiology, health and performance, and also the way these affect one another.
This was followed by a panel discussion in which the audience, composed of experts from industry, research and lighting practice, each a specialist in their field (whether lighting technology, medicine, chronobiology, psychology, occupational science or politics) were able to enter into a lively discussion with the speakers.
The afternoon was devoted to the user forum, with nine presentations on the efficient use of light to ensure individual comfort. The correct use of light can increase safety at work and help children and young people concentrate on their lessons. In nursing homes, in control rooms and in aeroplanes, dynamic light that is optimized to suit biological needs can favourably affect people's sleep/waking cycle, their activity level and their performance capability, thus increasing their well-being.
A special highlight of this year's event was a presentation with an artistic flavour: As part of the Syntopical Salon of the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) the artist Ildiko Meny presented her interdisciplinary installation "RAYs", which will be on show in Potsdam until 12 September 2012 (Address: Am Neuen Markt 8).
Special thanks go to the sponsors of this year's DIN Expert Forum.