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Troy, N.Y. -  3/16/2015

Mariana Figueiro to Deliver Keynote at Light Symposium 2015

Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center, will be a keynote speaker at Light Symposium 2015, March 20 in Stockholm, Sweden.

There will be two keynote speakers at the event, Figueiro and Satchin Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Figueiro and Panda were featured together last year in the May/June cover story of The Economist: Intelligent Life magazine as the two visionary leaders who are pushing forward the field of light and health today.

Light Symposium 2015 will be part of and contribute to the International Year of Light, an initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO to raise awareness of the potential of light and light-based technologies to provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. The focus of Light Symposium 2015 is lighting design for future healthy architecture.

Recognizing the impact of light on the individual and on a global scale, the United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light, citing that "light plays a vital role in our daily lives", "it has revolutionized medicine", and "light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health."

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.