Dr. Franz Hölker
Prof. Jörg Stehle
Only in complete darkness is it easy to see: The Milky Way. Yet a variety of artificial light sources cloud the heavens even when the nights are clear. Thus, our view of the starry sky is lost - a view that gives us the immediate sense of being connected to the universe and part of the whole. A great cultural loss, but light pollution also has far-reaching consequences for the human organism and the environment. For the most part, this could be avoided by cleverly designed, efficient and intelligently-controlled lighting technology. The discussion focuses on the causes of increasing lighting at night and seeks solutions for better lights and lighting.
Overview of all events of the theme day on 15.03.20: (Urban) Nature
Thomas Erfert is Managing Director of the Mainova subsidiary SRM StraßenBeleuchtung Rhein-Main GmbH and responsible for the planning, construction and operation of street lighting in Frankfurt am Main. He advises the standardization committees of the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies.
Dr. Franz Hölker, Head of the Light Pollution and Ecophysiology Group at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, has been working on the effects of light pollution on a broad spectrum of biological processes since 2009.
Prof. Jörg Stehle is Director of the Institute for Anatomy III, Goethe University Frankfurt. His research focuses on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind the day-time dependency of memory performance.