The Richmond 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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Lunch & Learn: IES Webinar @ Mason & Hanger
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for a showing of the IES’s most recent webinar. Lunch will be provided.

Lunch & Learn: I Love Industry Updates @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for an update on the state of the industry. We’ll be discussing the updates on lighting technology that have come out in the last year and how best to incorporate these into the local lighting industry.

IES Bowling Tournament and Happy Hour @ TBD
Mar 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
IES Bowling Tournament and Happy Hour @ TBD

Our annual bowling tournament will be March 10. Spend the night bowling and partying with your friends and colleagues.

Lunch & Learn: Benefits of Using a Systems Integrator @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge
Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Mark Fink
Join us at Banditos for a talk on systems integration and what it means to you. Over the last few years, the industry has moved a lot into joining lighting with other building systems, so keep up to date with our talk. Lunch will be provided.

Lunch & Learn: LEED and Controls @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

When talking about energy efficiency and LEED in a building, everyone looks to lighting to get points. Join us for a presentation and discussion on how best to optimize those points and get the most out of your lighting design in a LEED building

The Taffetas – Invited Dress Rehearsal @ The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Taffetas - Invited Dress Rehearsal @ The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

Join the IES section in attending the Cultural Arts Center’s invited dress rehearsal of their rendition of The Taffetas. Following the show, we’ll get a look into the lighting design and controls of the theater.

It’s the 1950s and these four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana are making their national television debut on Dumont Television Network’s Spotlight on Music. Enjoy spending time with Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna as they pay tribute to the sounds of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes and remember what Sunday night television was like on your 12-inch black and white screen! “The happiest night in town!” – NY Daily News

Lunch & Learn: Preparing for the LC @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Want to take the LC exam but don’t know where to begin? Join us for a run-down of how to study, what the exam entails, and tips from an LC who’s been there.

Lighten Up! @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lighten Up! @ Bandito's Burrito Lounge

Join the Richmond section for our second year of participation in the IES’s annual Lighten Up! competition. Spend the night designing a luminaire with your colleagues from around Richmond, and compete for the national trophy. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

Exact date and time to be determined.

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.

Winter EP Social: Virtual Happy Hour & Trivia Night
Dec 9 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter EP Social: Virtual Happy Hour & Trivia Night

Calling All Design Professionals!

Join us virtually to discuss the latest lighting news and play some trivia with your fellow Richmond & Tidewater Emerging Professionals Wednesday, December 9th at 4:45pm. Festivities will officially start at 5:00pm. Every attendee has a chance to win an Amazon gift card and Emerging Professionals get entered for a chance at an IES EP Membership!

We’re also hosting a best drink (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) recipe contest. Please email us at [email protected] with your recipe prior to 12/09.

RSVP here! Deadline to submit your recipe and be entered in the prize drawings is 12/09 at 12 pm.  This event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.  The link to the meeting will be released to the Eventbrite Online Event Page 30 minutes prior to meeting start time.