Increasing European lighting resources and competitiveness


Lighting as such can not boost a great visibility and clear profile as independent research field or higher form of education in the Danish universities. Lighting appears as an application to larger domains such as building sciences, urban planning and architecture or photonics and optics, electronics and ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

As the awareness of the energy-saving potential of lighting rises, as well of the importance of implementing  user-friendly lighting with great design and aesthetic qualities, lighting and photonics will grow in importance within the scientific environments and universities of Denmark.



Technical University of Denmark, DTU

Department of Photonics Engineering

  • In the world class laboratory facilities of DTU Fotonik, the research encompasses a broad spectrum of today’s photonics research, ranging from nanotechnology at one end to complicated network architecture at the other.  The term photonics basically covers all technical applications of light over the whole spectrum from ultraviolet over the visible to the near-, mid- and far-infrared. The science of photonics includes the generation, emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, detection and sensing of light.
  • Contact:  Paul Michael Petersen,  Head of Research, Professor,  +45 46 77 45 12,

Department of Electrical Engineering

  • DTU Electrical Engineering conduct research within biomedical engineering, antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power- and physical electronics, electric technology, acoustic environment, audiology, and electro-acoustics. A large part of the research is carried out in close interaction with industry and research institutions in Denmark and abroad.
  • Contact:  Michael A E Andersen, Professor, +45 45 25 36 01,

University of Southern Denmark, SDU

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute

Centre for Energy and Environmentally Efficient Technologies

  • Centre for Energy and Environmentally Efficient Technologies is an interdisciplinary collaboration between several of the internationally renowned scientific and technical research environments at the University of Southern Denmark. The aim of the centre is to contribute to sustainable growth through research in and development of energy and environmentally efficient technologies.
  • Contact: Lars Porskjær Christensen, Professor, +45 6550 7361,

Aalborg University, AUC

Danish Building Research Institute (SBi)

  • SBi develops research-based knowledge to improve buildings and the built environment. SBi identifies subjects that are important for professionals and decision-makers involved with building and the built environment.
  • Contact:  Kjeld Johnsen, Senior Researcher, +45 9940 2387,

Niels Bohr Institute

Quantum Photonics

  • Quantum Photonics investigate the quantum interaction between light and nanophotonic semiconductor materials. The quest is to develop methods to coherently control the coupling between photons and matter utilizing tailored nanophotonic structures such as photonic crystals.
  • Contact: Peter Lodahl, Professor, +45 353-25306,

Roskilde University, RUC

Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change

  • The Department conducts research and education in a wide range of topics related to interactions between humans and their environmental, social and spatial conditions. Research areas include population and ecosystem ecology, environmental planning and governance, sustainable foods and renewable energy, among others.
  • Contact: Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Head of Department, Professor, +45 4674-2155,



Aalborg University Copenhagen, AUC


  • Medialogy focuses on research, which combines technology and creativity. Apart from studying technologies behind areas such as advanced computer graphics, games, electronic music, animations, interactive art and entertainment, Medialogy tries to understand how these technologies influence human perception and interaction.
  • Contact: Stefania Serafin, Professor,

School of Architecture, Copenhagen

  • Research covers a broad spectrum of areas from theory of architecture, planning, design and communication to restoration and building science. Furthermore, it embodies development work as well as architectural experimentation. Research includes naturally lighting.
  • Contact: Jacob Kristoffer Hansen, Head of Research Division, +45 41 70 15 34,

The School of Design, Copenhagen

  • Research at The School of Design covers basic research as well as strategic research and practice based research. Since The School of Design has an artistic profile there is a research equivalent for artistic development.
  • Contact: Troels Degn Johansson, Head of Research, Associate Professor, PhD, +45 35 27 76 43,



Danish Lighting Innovation Network

  • The vision of the Danish Lighting Innovation Network is to promote the Danish lighting industry and to support the industry to be at the forefront when it comes to the global light market and to ensure that it will dominate a significant part of this – within the next 10 years.  Moreover, the network will contribute to promoting an innovative usage of light in Denmark in terms of both public and private spaces in connection with quality, design, usability and sustainability.
  • Contact: Flemming Madsen, +45 26 12 26 30,

Danish Lighting Center

  • Danish Lighting Center, DCL, is an independent association for lighting people in Denmark as well as a knowledge centre. The centre was founded in 1948, and the object of the centre is to promote the use of good and appropriate lighting. DCL strives to advance knowledge and to disseminate information for improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society. As DCL is the Danish representative in the International Commission on Illumination, CIE, the communication also includes knowledge about EU Directives and standards.
  • Contact: Anne Bay Overgaard, +45 47 17 18 00,

Danish LED Network

  • Danish LED Network is a trade organization for all kind of LED lighting activities. The aim is to support LED lighting by promoting knowledge of research, education and development within the LED technology. The intention is also to promote energy efficiency by deployment of LED and support innovation by assembling the different stakeholders.
  • Contact: Paul Michael Petersen,


  • FABA represents almost all producers and importers of lighting fixtures in Denmark and hence represents more than 90 percent of all sold and installed luminaries in Denmark. As a trade organization FABA takes care of various kinds of interests of the members from legislation matters to promotion of certification issues, international standards and innovation.
  • Contact: Willy Goldby, +45 33 91 46 77,
  • (only in Danish)



University of Copenhagen/Glostrup Hospital

Department of Ophthalmology

  • The ophthalmological department at Glostrup Hospital is a central department for ophthalmological care in Greater Copenhagen, serving 1.6 million inhabitants. A dedicated research unit is integrated in the department, focusing on development and applications of new technologies and implementation in the daily clinic. The main research area is retinal diseases and the use of medical lightning in diagnosis and treatment. The department has a close collaboration with the National Eye clinic at the Kennedy Center, which is a diagnostic unit for patients with severe visual impairment and research in genetic diseases.
  • Contact:  Department of Ophthalmology, Glostrup Hospital, +45 38 63  48 10,
  • (NB! Only in Danish)