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LED-Linear to provide funding for the first endowed professorship at the University of Wismar

stiftungsprofessur_wismar_1-sIn the past years we have been honoured to welcome some of the greatest partners in the industry to PLDC. The exhibition staged for their benefit was certainly not of the standard format. The special quality of PLDC is that the conversations and discussions that take place there lead to new ideas, new developments and solutions. The exhibition hall at PLDC is a vibrant hub for such activities, and in that sense points the way to the future.

One company that has developed extremely well in recent years is LED Linear. LED Linear have been a Partner of PLDC since 2011. They have won a number of design awards in the meantime, but have also opted to assume more responsibility to support the interests of designers. This year LED Linear embarked on a new project in support of the lighting market of the future…

On 9. July, 2015 LED Linear signed an agreement with the University of Wismar to establish and finance the first endowed professorship, thus building a bridge between business and science, and making an essential contribution to strengthening the Architectural Lighting Design degree programme at the University of Wismar. The professorship is limited to five years and LED Linear will be providing a six-figure amount to partly fund the costs for the professorship.

CEO Dr. Michael Kramer: “For us it is especially important to make a significant contribution to the advancement of research in the field ‘Lighting Design’. The targeted support and training of highly qualified young people is extremely important to us”.

The responsibilities linked to the professorship comprise the usual list of tasks and include teaching, academic administration, the supervision of theses and the processing of further assignments in the context of studies. One prime focus will be the exploration of new fields of application of light in buildings incorporating linear lighting systems, both from an economic standpoint and with regard to the development of new approaches to product and application designs.

On signing of the agreement, LED Linear CEO Dr.-Ing. Michael Kramer, and the rector of the University of Wismar, Prof. Dr. jur. Bodo Wiegand-Hoffmeister gave to understand that the endowed professorship is a mutually beneficial step for both parties. The university will benefit from the additional teaching activities, and the market can look forward to an expansion of marketable LED applications.

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UL_Enterprise_red_4cPLDC is proud that every aspect of the lighting design market will be discussed at PLDC in the interest of the future for lighting. Many manufacturers are currently introducing their latest developments and services. At PLDC they will be discuss and developing new ideas and creating new trends together with lighting designers.

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