The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) annual conference is set for July 31 to August 2 in Washington, DC, at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Hotel. This three-day conference serves as the most comprehensive educational forum for the lighting industry. Author-presented paper sessions will focus on the latest research in design theory, measurements and controls, photometry, daylighting, energy, ballasts, and fiber optics. Educational seminars will cover a wide range of topics including environmental issues, exterior lighting design, reflectors, NCQLP and the LC update, energy and government issues, outdoor lighting, design, and architectural trends, and the future of lamp technologies. Three 3-hour workshops (IESNA CEU accredited) titled "Museum Lighting," "Effective Presentation Techniques," and "Contract Writing" will be conducted on Sunday, July 30.

The conference opens Monday with the annual meeting of the society, presided over by incoming IESNA president Martyn Timmings, of Canlyte Inc. Also on Monday, the IESNA will present its prestigious awards (Medal, Marks, Distinguished Service, and Fellow) at a special luncheon honoring outstanding individuals who have furthered the art and science of lighting or advanced the society's goals and mission.

On Tuesday, the Society's IIDA (International Illumination Design Awards) luncheon will be held. Lighting designers will be recognized at a gala luncheon featuring their outstanding and original lighting design projects from this year's program.

On Wednesday, new products and services will be showcased in a unique Progress Report presentation followed by a tabletop exhibit featuring products from leading manufacturers in the lighting industry.

The IESNA, established in 1906, is the recognized authority on lighting in North America. The conference serves to advance its purpose of disseminating new research and information for the improvement of the lighted environment for the benefit of society. Full conference fee is $525 for members, $575 for non-members, meals included; full technical fee is $420 for members, $440 for non-members; daily fee is $160 for members, $180 for non-members; for retired IESNA members and IESNA student members, full technical fee is $50.

For more information, contact Valerie Landers, manager of member services, at phone: 212/248-5000, fax: 212/248-5017, or visit the IESNA website,