I attend the IES Annual Conference whenever I can. The conference itself is a time to engage. Listen to technical paper presentations. Learn about case-studies. Meet other lighting professionals. Influence our industry. Encourage students and emerging professionals who are just entering the world of lighting. Join a committee. Brainstorm. Take a class. Network. Submit a project for an Illumination Award. Gain perspective - get a bigger picture.
As lighting professionals, we refer to the IES Handbook for recommended lighting levels and other industry standards on a daily basis. I give back to this Society because it gives us the tools that we rely on every day. If architectural lighting is any part of your profession, the IES has already given you much. Imagine how much you might get out of it if you actually engage!