Programme details (topics, speakers, timing…) are subject to change. Please check back for updates 

Day 1


LUCI Executive Committee Meeting and Lunch
(for LUCI Executive Committee members only)


Working Groups on LUCI Pillars
(for LUCI members only)
Timing to be announced

19:30   Welcome Reception hosted by the City of Stavanger
Venue: Ledaal Manor House, Eiganesveien 45, 4009 Stavanger

21:00   Walking Tour of various Stavanger lighting projects

Day 2

Venue: Tou Scene, Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger

9:00   Coffee and Registration

9:30   Opening of the LUCI City under Microscope Stavanger

Morning Session

How to plan, develop and adapt in Stavanger and the region as we go from Oil City to Smart City

Stavanger has evolved from a shipping and canning city to Norway’s oil capital. This has affected the city. The decline in oil prices has given both Stavanger and the region major challenges. Challenges provide new opportunities – Stavanger and the region have chosen to meet the challenges by focusing on smart solutions. Could this be the new oil? A roadmap has been prepared for Stavanger’s work towards becoming a smart city. Stavanger has also set high climate targets. The use of clean energy in the transport sector will be important to achieve these goals.

Conference moderator: Kristin Støle Kalgraff , Content Manager, Communications, Lyse Group



9:45     What is Stavanger? The growth, the challenges, and the ambitions

Gunn Jorunn Aasland, Director of Urban and Community Planning, City of Stavanger

Stavanger has seen opportunities and challenges come and go through time, and has made choices that impact the citizens’ lives today and their future. A little glimpse of the main issues will be useful to understand the city today.

10:05     The power of Norwegian industry – adapting to new times

Tone Grindland, Regional Director, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises

With its status of European Capital of Energy, Stavanger is also part of a country that is considered Europe’s Green Battery. Industries continually adapt knowledge, technology and solutions to new business. How does industry in Stavanger and Norway play a key role in Europe’s “Green Deal” growth strategy?

10:25     Smarter together! 

              Gunnar Edwin Crawford, Head of Stavanger Smart City 

Learn how Stavanger is joining forces with its citizens and businesses to co-create a new and smarter city.

11:10     Smart city development – an industrial approach 

              Trond Thorbjørnsen, Senior Business Developer at R&D, Lyse

Learn how Lyse AS approaches innovation and development of smart city services and applications that benefit both municipalities and citizens.

11:30     Coffee break

12.00     Stavanger’s climate and environmental plan

Jane Nilsen Aalhus, Head of Environmental Department, City of Stavanger

Stavanger has ambitious goals for CO2 emissions: in 2030, the local emissions shall be 80% less than in 2015. Several projects to reduce the emissions are ongoing. How can we reach these goals?

12:25      Go electric!

Eimund Nygaard, CEO, Lyse

Transportation is becoming more and more electric. In 2019, almost half of all cars sold in Norway were electric – boats and buses are heading in the same direction – even planes may become electric. For electrification to be successful, the back-end system must be built to cope with the changes; the power grid should be flexible and built for the future.

13:00-14:30      Lunch

Afternoon session

Public lighting in Stavanger – history, management, operation/maintenance, strategy, projects

Stavanger put in place its first street lighting in 1865. The municipality later established a power station to secure electricity for the city’s needs including street lighting. The municipality manages street lighting, while operation and maintenance is carried out by an inter-municipal company. The municipality has prepared a technical lighting standard and a comprehensive replacement programme is underway for LED. Lighting includes not only street lighting, but also other lighting projects which is an important part of the lighting strategy for Stavanger’s city centre.


14:30     Streetlights in Stavanger: a historical overview

Hanne Windsholt, Head of the Cultural Heritage Management Office, City of Stavanger

Stavanger has had public streetlights since 1865. Since then, although some historic lamps have been retained, both the shape and number of lamps have changed significantly, in accordance with fashion, modern lifestyle and technology. Questions remain on how to illuminate the historic parts of the city.

14:45     Streetlighting in Stavanger: Facts, figures, ownership and strategy

Leidulf Skjørestad, Director of Urban Environment and Development, City of Stavanger

Stavanger went from 175 streetlamps in 1875 to 25 500 today. In 1910, a city-owned power station was established, and streetlights became electric. Today the city is undergoing a replacement program in favour of LED lighting. Both facts and figures will be shared, as well as tools and strategies.

15:10     Operation and maintenance of street lights in Stavanger and 7 other municipalities in the region 

Jarl Hoogstad, Product Manager for road and street lighting, Lyse

Lyse Lux is a company owned by 8 municipalities including Stavanger. The company supports the city with plans for new street lighting, installations, operation and maintenance. Learn about how they think and act.

15:40     Coffee break

16:10     A lighting strategy for the city centre of Stavanger: process and results

Nevena Kovacevic, Lighting designer, Zenisk

In 2005, Stavanger was one of the first cities in Norway to have a lighting masterplan. 15 years later, the revised lighting masterplan of Stavanger shows how the city can welcome change, while enhancing its identity, safety and wellbeing in synergy with an urban development that emphasises walkability and pedestrian experience. Simultaneously, Stavanger’s objectives to reduce light pollution and CO2 emissions are met by a better distribution of light, planned contrasts with darkness and use of smart city controls.

16:40     Lighting of the main square and Tivolifjellet

Halvor Næss, Lighting designer, Halvor Næss

Torget Square is an important location for concerts and markets. After its renovation, it was criticised for being too dull. The dynamic lighting project at Torget was installed to bring more life to the Square with the lighting changing automatically through the seasons. Tivolifjellet is a tiny little park overlooking Breiavannet. Here, there is subtle use of coloured light combined with a low light level.

17:00     Free time

19:00     Dinner

21:00     Light Excursion (details coming soon)

Day 3

Venue: Tou Scene, Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger

8:30     Coffee

Morning Session

Light in a Norwegian context: Lighting for «hygge», health and wellbeing, facilitating outdoor activities, light and biodiversity

Norway is located far to the north where we have a long and dark winter period. How is light and dark experienced and how does it affect us? Stavanger’s focus on developing and preserving high quality green infrastructure provides for outdoor activities and experiences throughout the year, including during the winter. With light, nature can be explored and experienced in a different way when nights are long and days are short. How does artificial light in the dark affect nature and what should we think about in this context?


9:00     Light in the Norwegian context

Kristin Bredal, Director, Zenisk

Scandinavians live in extreme natural lighting conditions that affect every aspect of life. The four seasons in the north are very different from each other. Our long summer days are framed by midnight suns, while winter is characterized by long blue hours, long shadows and Northern Lights. While much effort is put towards our indoor spaces, urban lighting has traditionally been treated as a functional necessity for traffic. However, this is changing in the Nordic area. Learn how cities of the North use lighting to encourage people to spend more time outdoors during the dark and cold season.

9:40     Lighting green infrastructure for citizens’ health

Torgeir E. Sørensen, Parks and Roads Manager, City of Stavanger

Stavanger boasts some of the best green urban infrastructure in Norway. Stavanger has created a strategic plan for lighting all the most important walkways since this kind of infrastructure is important for the citizens’ health. Light can help to encourage access and provide for great experiences outside all year round. The walkway along the Håhammeren together with its lighting project has become an icon and a place people really enjoy visiting.

10:10     Light is magic: great experiences outside in the dark

Anne Katrine Lycke , Chief Advisor, Stavanger Trekking Association

“When darkness falls, Gramstad comes to life. The trolls come out from the mountain, the witches prepare their brew, and the nøkk, the lake monster, rises from the lake Revholstjern”… Every year since 2008, when Stavanger was European Capital of Culture, the Stavanger Trekking Association has invited people out into the wilderness when it is dark. Thousands of people, both children and adults, have participated with great enthusiasm.

10:30     Coffee break

11:00     Light and nature: the impact of light on nature

Arne Follestad, Research II, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

This presentation will give several examples on how artificial night lighting may impact all kinds of organisms, from bacteria to humans. Both plants and animals can be sensitive to various kinds of lights or varying intensities. This may prevent many species from thriving in urban environments, due to increased predator risk when darkness no longer can offer protection, or increased mortality due to collisions with streetlights or buildings. Mitigation measurements will be discussed and some suggestions for further studies on the effects of artificial light will be presented.

11:30     Less light, greater experiences

Arve Olsen, Design Director, Light Bureau

In an urban context, starting from darkness is rare. When Light Bureau was approached to illuminate the nature walk around the small island of Jørpelandholmen north of Stavanger, it was crucial to find the balance between light and darkness in order to enhance the experience of nature. The island has become a popular hiking destination and the lighting design was shortlisted for Best Product and Technological Solution at the 2018 Norwegian Lighting Awards.

11:45     Panel discussion – Light and nature: Finding the balance

12:15-13:45     Lunch

Afternoon session

Temporary and permanent lighting: a multiplicity of uses, from creative event lighting to tunnel lighting and permanent lighting

Light can be a powerful instrument. It can be a catalyst in urban development and with new technology, special effects can be created that increase the city’s experiential value. In tunnel projects, light can increase a driver’s attention and thus safety. The Norwegian Lighting Association will present some of the award winning projects from the yearly competition «Norsk Lyspris».

13:45     Vinterlys: Light as an urban catalyst

Tina Aksnes, Architect Urban and Community Planning, City of Stavanger

Vinterlys is an event developed to help enhance the Hillevåg and Kvalaberg neighborhoods in Stavanger with lighting. It aimes to attract attention to and encourage ownership of the public space, showcasing its qualities and opportunities . In January 2020, Vinterlys took place for the 3rd time.  This event gathers many people and creates a temporary meeting place.

14:05     Screen City in Stavanger: the first Nordic art biennial dedicated to the moving image

              Lene Heimlund Larsen, Producer, Screen City

Screen City was established in 2013 in Stavanger. Since 2017, it has been presented as the Screen City Biennial in close collaboration with local and international art institutions and organisations. The Biennial presents a new platform that works to explore uses of animation in contemporary artistic practice

14:25      Norway, the land of long tunnels: using light to enhance drivers’ concentration: the Ryfast Project

Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Visual Artist, Sculptor and Designer, Oslo

The Ryfast project comprises several sub-sea tunnels. The Ryfylke tunnel is the longest and deepest undersea road tunnel in the world: 14.3 km long and located nearly 300m under sea level. Light has been used to reduce monotony in the tunnels in order to enhance drivers’ concentration.

14:45     Awarded Lyskulturs- Best Norwegian Lighting projects and products

                Katia Valerie Banoun, Managing Director at Lyskultur, Norwegian Light and Lighting Association

Each year, Lyskultur holds an award ceremony organised during the Day of Light Conference to reward the best lighting projects of the year. This overview will present some of the winning projects from the last few years.

15:10     Coffee break

15:40     LUCI Announcements

16:30     Free time

19:30     Dinner


Optional Programme – Day 4

9:15-15:00     Boat tour into the spectacular Lysefjorden and visit of Lysebotn power station
Meet in Scandic City Hotel lobby at 9:15

Participants will have the opportunity to take a boat tour to discover the spectacular Lysefjorden and end the tour with a visit of Lyse’s Lysebotn power station.

Register soon, limited spots available!


Timing and speakers subject to change
 Photos @City of Stavanger; @LUCI