Isolation and Darkness: Surviving Winters in Antarctica

When:  Nov 14, 2019 from 2:03 PM to 2:03 PM (ET)
Associated with  The IES New York City Section

Just visiting Antarctica, even as a tourist is something few people have the means, or the luck, to achieve. Those who work there during the summer season are even rarer. Most of these hundreds of workers leave at the end of the summer season and only some special bases remain operational twelve months a year. This means that a small handful of hardy people must live and work through an Antarctic winter. One such base is the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Station.

This presentation will explore how to meet the circadian needs of humans in completely artificial environments when they are sharing space with colleagues on different work/relax shift patterns.

The author, Martin Valentine, designed the lighting for Halley VI and the whole design for this new base was informed by over 40-years of endocrinological medical data gathered from previous stations. Now, 5-years since the station became occupied, the story and solution for Halley VI has a resonance and provides lessons to all in the field of human centric lighting.


Martin Valentine, Global Design Director, Ligman Lighting
Martin Valentine was appointed Global Design Director at Ligman Lighting at the beginning of 2018 and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 30-years. A Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and a Fellow of the Society of Light & Lighting, he has worked within the client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant and now lighting manufacturer sides. At Ligman, Martin’s role has a strong focus on the North American, European, Asian, Australasian and Middle Eastern markets. His work encompasses standards, quality, technology, training and events, defining R&D for future interior and exterior product ranges and interfacing with the international lighting design community and clients.

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