The Minneapolis–Saint Paul Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day


The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end -users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.


Our attendee base, over 900 and growing, includes managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals come from across the country and the industry. All are vitally interested in learning about products and services and include decision-makers from investor-owned regulated electric utilities, unregulated marketing affiliates, cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent contractors and consultants.

LIGHTFAIR International 2020 @ Las Vegas Convention Center
May 3 all-day

The connected future is yours to discover here: LIGHTFAIR® International 2020. The lighting and design industry’s source for all that is new and next. Where brilliant solutions in lighting, connectivity, design and integration will unfold in a synergy of light in life. In the unsurpassed resources of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event.

“Starving for Darkness” @ Online - login information will be sent with registration confirmation
Mar 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Since the industrial revolution and the invention of the electric light bulb, the natural ecosystems of the Earth spend more and more time bathed in artificial light within a 24-hour cycle. How does the artificial light and lack of darkness impact wildlife? How does the obstruction of the night’s sky affect bird migration, pollination, and reproduction?

Much of the study of light and health has been dedicated to the impact of light upon humans, however animals and plants are also intrinsically photosensitive and subject to the unwanted effects of stray light. How can a rethinking of design and codes alleviate some of these harmful effects?


At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify exterior lighting conditions that can be harmful to wildlife.

2. Look at existing case studies and projects that have caused harm to wildlife.

3. Understand existing lighting regulations and how these can support wildlife, and what can be done to improve existing standards.

4. To look at existing case studies and projects that have been designed for the wellbeing of wildlife habitats and the environment.


Jane Slade, MID, LC, IES – Senior Associate, Specification Sales Jane is a recent Richard Kelly Grant recipient for her explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused

Event Fees

IES Member – Free
Non-Member – $10.00
Student – Free

To Light, or Not to Light @ Online
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What is lighting design, and why does focusing on lighting layouts fall short?

Lighting layouts are not the same as lighting design. Quality lighting design begins with concept development – a form of programming for the visual environment that considers many elements such as perception, contrast, and visibility. This seminar outlines the steps taken on various diverse projects to address those essentials and create the desired mood, atmosphere, and functionality.

The case studies span different sectors, from heritage to retail to residential, and identify the range of challenges that good design can help overcome, with many universal lessons.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Deborah Gottesman, P.Eng., MBA, LC, Assoc.IALD

“At Gottesman Associates, we balance all facets of light to reflect the lighting priorities that are unique to each client and project.”

Deborah Gottesman is the principal of Gottesman Associates, an award-winning architectural lighting design firm established in 1999,with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage applications.Deborah’s 30+ years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering, management, education, and manufacturing gives her a uniquecontextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives.

Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students to senior architects. A past president of the Toronto Section Illuminating Engineering Society, Deborah has been involved in the IES at local, regional, and international levels, and was awarded the Toronto Section Service Award in 2013.

IES Lighten UP! Luminaire Design Competition
Aug 13 – Aug 14 all-day
IES Lighten UP! Luminaire Design Competition

IES LIGHTEN UP! Luminaire Competition was founded by IES member, Laura Ashley A. Alferes. With networking in mind for cross-Section and cross-organization collaboration, this was initially a local event that grew internationally. The 2018 competition had 4 participating IES sections and 2019 had 14 participating sections.

LIGHTEN UP! brings individuals within the design community together to engage, inspire and challenge one another to create a luminaire made from everyday objects. LIGHTEN UP! is an exciting and rewarding experience — so take a breather from work, ‘lighten up’ and join the fun!

Participants will have 24 hours to design and create a luminaire based on a given theme using resources and LED light source from their home. Each Section will have a people’s choice and Judges choice winner, based on aesthetics, creativity, and theme interpretation. The Judge’s award winner from your participating section will be submitted for international voting on the IES Lighten Up webpage. Grand prize (and of course bragging rights) is still in the works.

WHEN: August 13–14, 2021
TIME: 7:00PM Friday – 7:00PM Saturday EST
RSVP: Please reply to your local Section Event invitation

2021 Illumination Awards @ The Commodore Hotel
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IES MSP is committed to the health and safety of our event attendees. The following City of St. Paul and CDC guidelines will be followed at the IA Banquet to ensure a safe environment and minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus:

– We recommend that all attendees wear face coverings at all times during this event except when actively eating or drinking.

– If you are experiencing the COVID virus symptoms identified by the CDC, please do not attend this program.

– IES MSP has secured the entire Commodore Restaurant to allow for both active networking/socializing and maintain proper social distancing.

Please contact Ann Kvaal at 651-489-1321 or with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Illumination Awards Banquet!

Register by Wednesday, October 6, 2021! 

Current Considerations for Lighting Education @ Virtual Option or In-person at KFI Engineers
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Current Considerations for Lighting Education

TUESDAY, November 9, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Your choice: In-person or Virtual Event



Pending Approval for 1 CEU  


Please join Professors Abimbola Asojo and Mary Guzowski as they discuss current considerations for lighting education at the University of Minnesota College of Design. Their discussion will focus on emerging trends in lighting education and the collaborative new lighting design undergraduate/graduate minor they developed through the support of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. They will also discuss how the lighting curriculum at the University of Minnesota is being expanded to integrate topics related to health and well-being.


Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design, University of Minnesota

Mary Guzowski, Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota

How/Where: This will be a free event and participants can choose to attend virtually or gather in-person to watch the presentation. The presenters will be joining us virtually.

For those that are interested in joining in-person for the presentation, we will gather at KFI (670 County B Road W, St. Paul, MN 55113) in the Training Room to watch. In-person attendees are asked to arrive between 4:15pm – 4:25pm for registration.  We will have some light hors d’ouevres and social time following the presentation. Please note: masks are required at KFI when you are not eating or drinking.

In-person Location:
KFI Engineers
670 County B Road West, Saint Paul, MN, 55113

Those participating virtually will be sent connection information prior to the event.


Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design, University of Minnesota

Professor Abimbola Asojo is the Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship and Engagement and a Professor of Interior Design. Her teaching areas are architectural lighting design; design and human factors; computing and design; corporate design; and commercial design. She actively engages her students in community based service-learning projects that tackle local and global societal challenges. Her research areas are cross-cultural design, architectural lighting design, African architecture, computing and design, globalization and design, sustainable design, post-occupancy evaluation and K-12 spaces.

Maru Guzowski, Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota

Mary Guzowski is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, biophilic, and sustainable design. Her recent research has focused on aesthetic and ecological innovations in daylighting and biophilic design, including a recent book entitled the Art of Architectural Daylighting: Design and Technology (London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2018). She is currently collaborating on a three-year grant with Emilie Snell Rood (PI) and a team of faculty from the College of Biological Sciences and Landscape Architecture on a new grant entitled A Framework for Function in Biology and Bio-Inspired Design, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project brings together faculty from the College of Biological Sciences and College of Design to develop, test, and apply a conceptual framework for function in biology and bio-inspired design to support engineers and designers with conceptual tools to navigate biological space. As a recent recipient of a new Nuckolls Grant for Lighting Education, she and Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design) are revising the Lighting Design Minor to integrate issues of health and wellbeing. Mary recently coordinated the Biophilic Net-Positive Design Project with a team of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design faculty in the College of Design to explore biophilic net-positive design across scales and disciplines. The project is continuing under the title of the Bio-Design Network.

Event Fees

IES Member – Free
Non-Member – Free
Student – Free


Please register by Monday, November 8th at 3 pm

Lighting for Livestock Animals @ Virtual
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Lighting for Livestock Animals

TUESDAY, December 14, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Online Event


Pending Approval for 1 CEU  


Please join IES MSP for a “Lighting for Livestock Animals” virtual program on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 3 pm featuring Aaron Stephan.

Learning objectives for this program:

• Review our understanding of visual and non-visual perception mechanisms in poultry and how this affects their reproductive physiology.

• Highlight our recent work to develop a “lighting recipe” for efficient and welfare-enhancing growth in chickens.

• Present data on how lighting is being used for biosecurity applications within the animal agriculture segment.


Aaron Stephan brings over 15 years of scientific research experience spanning Microbiology to Plant Science to Vertebrate Sensory Biology. In his role as Director of Biological Research and Development, Aaron leads photobiological research activities to develop new technologies that integrate light’s influence on physiology and welfare in poultry and livestock. Aaron conducts and coordinates research between industry partners, academic teams, and ONCE’s own laboratories, research farm, and lighting expert colleagues at Signify.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining ONCE, Aaron was a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the International Poultry Welfare Alliance.

Please register by Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 12 pm