The International Light Association is a diverse group of individuals, comprising those with a professional interest in light and colour, as well as those with a personal or creative connection to ‘light’. Some members are light and colour therapy practitioners or health professionals, while others are scientists and educators. Creative ILA members include artists, architects and designers. Many, however, have no professional role in using light. But they do have a deep connection with light and colour and an appreciation of their effect on our health and wellbeing, and on the world around us.
Beyond these individual interests, all ILA members have a common desire to share knowledge, skills and passions: learn about and apply the latest theories, techniques and technologies in light and colour; use this knowledge to promote health, enhance performance and learning, and raise consciousness.
Founded in Belgium at the 2003 Light Medicine Conference, the first meeting of the ILA took place in November in a building adjacent to Rubenshuis in Antwerp. The inspiration for the original logo comes from a beautiful window designed by the artist Peter Paul Rubens for his house. Overlooking the garden, Rubens´ window reflects the sun with mathematical precision and artistic skill, creating a unique metaphor for Antwerp, as the 'City of Diamonds' and also making a profound statement about the nature of light.
The ILA mission is to share and disseminate information; educate, initiate and promote research; and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of light and colour.