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​Sweden’s first full professor in Lighting Science

Press Release   •   Oct 26, 2016 11:15 GMT

Jönköping University was one of the first in Sweden to focus on lighting. Now it is time for the next step, as the School of Engineering installs its first professor in Lighting Science. Myriam Aries took office in September, making her Sweden’s first full professor within the field.

Myriam Aries has been appointed as a Professor in Lighting Science at the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction Engineering and Lighting Science.Jönköping University was one of the Swedish pioneers in the field of lighting research and education – thanks to the strong links to the regional lighting industry and ”Bertil and Britt Svensson's Foundation for Lighting Technology”. Now Jönköping takes a further step towards becoming Sweden's lighting capital.

Myriam Aries specializes in a timely topic: daylight application and simulation, visual comfort, human light and health demands – focusing on learning and work environments.

She comes from a position as an assistant professor at the Eindhoven Technical University which carries a long tradition of lighting research (Eindhoven is also known as ”The City of Light”). She has also conducted postdoctoral research at the NRC Canada, and conducted research on indoor environment at TNO in the Netherlands.

”This year, the lighting design programme is expanded into a three-year bachelor programme. I think we have a great opportunity to create a stronger link between education and research, letting our students benefit from our researchers’ knowledge and projects. A new master program within building technology was recently launched at our department and in the future, we can consider a specific master programme related to lighting, as well as expanding our rights to award PhD degrees”, says Myriam Aries.

”We will form our contribution to Jönköping University’s agreement with the Knowledge Foundation, which aims to build a research environment focusing on knowledge intensive product development. It is exciting times, indeed.”

Myriam Aries is available for comments and interviews, telephone +46 36 10 15 22.

Jönköping University Foundation is one of three independent institutions of higher education in Sweden offering postgraduate programmes. It is characterised by focused profiles, internationalisation, an entrepreneurial spirit and collaboration with surrounding society. Research and education are carried out at four schools: Jönköping International Business School, School of Education and Communication, School of Engineering and School of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University has some 10,000 registered students, 725 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 800 million.

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