3rd Erasmus School L4H


Topic: Lighting for Healthcare Environments.

The third L4H Erasmus school will be held online from 19 March 2021 (welcome/kick-off) to 05 May 2021 (final presentation)

It is structured around different lighting needs of different user groups (children, elderly people, etc.) in the context of Healthcare Environments. It will provide mindsets, background and scientific knowledge of health research on light in healthcare institutions.

The module will present students with the different available tools, concepts and research findings that will support their designs. This will be achieved in two distinct ways: (1) by exposing students to examples of health research in different fields; and (2) by guiding students to learn how to conduct their own health research and data collection: what can be measured, and how measurements get interpreted.

The School was originally to be hosted in Copenhagen by AAU. AAU remains the Training Host, but because of the COVID 19 situation the school will be held online.

There will be four teaching modules and the last fifth module will be a project/presentation. For each one of the four teaching modules you will get access to interesting and innovative material as well as recorded lectures and you will work in four groups of about six students.

The 1st module will make an introduction to current trends in Healthcare Lighting. Focus will be given to the new health standards at CIE and IES and different studies will be presented covering various cases.

The 2nd module will be about daylight and more specifically will focus on the basics of daylight and health, will introduce daylight metrics and evaluation processes, will discuss how to design with daylight, and will analyze daylight and electrical light interaction. Finally, different daylight analysis software will be presented.

The 3rd module will discuss the dynamic light in healthcare environments. Dynamic and interactive light can play an important role to healthcare: topics such as atmospheric potential of chromatic lighting in healthcare environments, dynamic lighting & autism and use of VR in distraction therapy will be covered.

The 4th module will focus on biofeedback and measuring devices. Basic methods and devices used for evaluation and design will be discussed (eg flicker meters, spectrometers and how to make light modulations audible). Then, more methods and devices will be presented as used mainly by research (eye-tracking, actigraphy, EEG).

The 5th and last module will be a student presentation (in groups) on the basis of learning acquired in the last weeks by comparing, analysing and presenting findings from the four teaching modules and based on four 3d models of a patient room, a waiting room, a nurses’ station and physiotherapy room.

Each module corresponds to one week, and each Friday there will be a 3-hour Zoom meeting with all students to review the weekly material and assign the new ones.

The detailed schedule is (please note there is no session on the Good Friday):

  • Friday 19 March 21: Introducing Module 1
  • Friday 26 March 21: Discussing Module 1 + Introducing Module 2 
  • Friday 02 April 21: Good Friday (no activity)
  • Friday 09 April 21: Discussing Module 2 + Introducing Module 3 
  • Friday 16 April 21: Discussing Module 3 + Introducing Module 4 
  • Friday 23 April 21: Discussing Module 4 + Introducing Module 5 (project)
  • Wednesday 5 May 21: Project presentation (Module 5) + school ending

All the sessions are scheduled for 9am EST, 1pm UK, 2pm CET, 4pm St Petersburg Time

There will be additional Zoom meetings every Wednesday. The timing of these Wednesday meetings will be scheduled on a weekly basis, and the idea is that one member from each group can attend to touch base and ask any questions that may have arisen in between the Friday sessions.