Discussion seven: Clotilde and Jan

Clotilde Pierson, a PhD student at Université Catholique de Louvain, interviewed Jan Wienold.

Conferences are an essential component of science. Jan describes how informal discussion with enthusiastic researchers can lead to new ideas, and suggests that difficult questions after a presentation can lead to better research. 

Jan also raises an issue which should concern us all: “research in the last years is mainly focused on producing very fast results without focussing on the thoroughness”.


Discussion Six: Michael and Peter

 Michael Kent, a researcher at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore, interviewed Peter Tregenza, formerly chairman of the Lighting Research and Technology editorial board and Head of the Sheffield University School of Architecture.

Peter Says “It is not calculations that are important, a machine can do those. You have got to answer the question ‘What is actually happening here?" 

Read the interview to find out more about his research achievements, his view on retirement, and the help he had from a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.


Discussion Five: Antonello and Kit

Antonello Durante, a PhD student at Dublin Institute of Technology, interviewed Kit Cuttle over skype on November 28th 2018.
Kit says “It has been the people … that have really driven my interest in lighting” Read the interview to find out how his career was influenced by Derek Philips, Joe Lynes, Mark Rea and Howard Brandston.


Discussion Four: Kiran and Mark

Kiran Maini Gerhardsson (Doctoral student in environmental psychology at Lund University; Illustrator/architect at Pecan Studio) met Mark Rea, June 2017.
KMG: Do you wear sun glasses?

MR: I do, but not in the airplane

Read the whole transcript to find out why sun glasses are an interesting topic for lighting researchers

Discussion Three: Kiran and Steve

Kiran Maini Gerhardsson (Doctoral student in environmental psychology at Lund University; Illustrator/architect at Pecan Studio) met Steve Fotios, April 2017.

In a wonderful display of shrewd planning, Kiran set up this interview without Steve being aware until the end of the intended purpose. 
KMG: Any publication you are particularly proud of ?

SF: … a review of the Kruithof curve … When you look at credible evidence, it is not supported ... But I suspect that conclusion will be ignored because people like a nice simple rule.


Discussion Two: Jim and Wout

Jim Uttley (Researcher, University of Sheffield) spoke with Wout van Bommel, January 2017

 Wout offers some useful advice for new researchers: “make difficult things in lighting a little bit more easy in order to make them suitable for practical application.”

Regarding presentations: “talk only about things you know about (and) make very simple graphs”



Discussion One: Kynthia and Peter


Kynthia Chamilothori (PhD student at EPFL, Lausanne) met Peter Boyce 

on a visit to Sheffield University in July 2016 

“The Director sent for me and said 'I want you to work on lighting'. The rest is history” 

“If we are as smart as we think we are, we ought to be able to find 
something interesting in what seems to be the most mundane project”