Myriam Aries is Sweden’s first full professor in Lighting Science at Jönköping University, and assistant professor of Lighting Technology at her alma mater Eindhoven University. She has special expertise in the field of daylight application and simulation, visual comfort, human light and health demands.
Healthy light environments
The fascination for the relationship between light and health runs like a red thread through Myriam Aries’ work. In her PhD research she examined human lighting demands and health requirements in office buildings. During a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the lighting group of NRC Canada, and later as a professor in Eindhoven, she continued to research the relationship between light and health at work.
”I think it is extremely important that we get lighting in our buildings right. In the Western world we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors. That’s why we have to create healthy and inspiring lighting. A light that agrees on human visual and non- visual effects, without compromising visual comfort”, she states.
As a building engineer (Myriam holds a MSc in Building Technology from Delft TU and a PhD in Building Physics/Lighting from Eindhoven TU) she is committed to the planning of buildings with respect to human lighting needs.
”Allowing lighting expertise to participate early in the process, architects and developers can ensure that the building will have a healthy and energy efficient lighting environment, where daylight and electric lighting are combined in an effective way.”