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International project reaches final milestone in mission to train lighting designers

01/04/2021

Helping lighting designers understand and act on the health implications of light has been the focus of an international project, led by the University of Wolverhampton.

The third and final training event of the LIGHT4HEALTH international project is underway and is focusing on the impact of lighting on human health in healthcare environments.

Previous events have focused on home, workplace and educational environments.

The final ‘summer school’ started on 19 March and will conclude on 5 May. The event is taking place virtually due to international restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and is being hosted by Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The LIGHT4HEATH project is led by University of Wolverhampton academics Dr Paul Hampton and Dr Ezekiel Chinyio, along with Academic Enterprise Manager Natasha George.

Dr Chinyio said: “It’s great to have reached this final milestone event. It’s been a prestigious project to work on, alongside five other international academic institutions. 

“The project has provided a unique opportunity for students to learn skills alongside colleagues from different countries of the world.

“There have been a number of changes along the way, due to the ongoing pandemic. We’d never considered that we might have to deliver the project’s programmes virtually, but it has been brilliant to work with such a fantastic team and overcome a number of challenges together.”

Part of the final summer school will see the students from the various international institutions experiencing practical sessions using simulation software to work within four different healthcare settings; patients’ room, waiting room, health centre, a nurses’ station and physiotherapy room.

The students will evaluate the lighting conditions in the studied rooms and answer how much light is needed for a particular space and develop recommendations for improving lighting.

The universities and schools involved are: ITMO University, Russia; Thomas Jefferson University, USA; University of Wolverhampton, UK; Aalborg University, Denmark; Hochschule Wismar, Germany; and KTH Royal Institute, Sweden.

The University of Wolverhampton is planning an international conference to take place on 14 May 2021 to share the results of the project with academics, students and businesses.  Details will be released soon.  Dr Paul Hampton said “We are really looking forward to sharing the real practical findings of this project with a wider audience."

The LIGHT4HEALTH project is co-funded through the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

To learn more about LIGHT4HEALTH project, click here: https://www.light4health.net/

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