Canadian National Committee of the CIE

Welcome to our website. The CNC/CIE is the collective Canadian voice of people interested in the science and art of light and lighting. Membership is open to anyone interested in any aspect of lighting including vision, photometry, colorimetry, photobiology and the application of these to the use of light and lighting both indoors and out. For further information on the CNC/CIE go to About the CNC. For a list of our recent events see our Activities page.

As part of its mandate, the CNC/CIE supports the Standards Council of Canada by providing the core of the membership of the Canadian mirror committee to ISO/TC 274 – Light and Lighting. ISO/TC 274 is responsible for standardization in the field of application of lighting in specific cases complementary to the work items of the CIE and the coordination of drafts standards from the CIE. For further information on ISO/TC 274 see About ISO/TC 274 or visit the ISO website.


2021 Joint Virtual Technical Conference of the Council for Optical Radiation Measurement (CORM), USNC-CIE and CNC-CIE November 15-17, 2021

The CNC/CIE will hold a joint Technical Conference with the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM) and the CIE-USNC.  Abstracts are welcome in the areas of light, vision, metrology, including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Current Research at the NMIs
  • Environmental Radiometry
  • UV & IR Radiation – Measurements, Concerns & Applications
  • Optical Properties of Materials
  • LED Lighting for Specialized, Industrial & Commercial Applications
  • Display Metrology
  • Horticultural Lighting
  • Health & Well-Being Responses to Light and their Measurement
  • Interior & Exterior Lighting
  • Vision & Color

Due Date for Abstracts: August 30, 2021     
Deadline for Presentation Submission: October 15, 2021

Presentations will be 20-25 minutes.  If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send your talk title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2021 Annual Meeting

The 66th annual meeting of the CNC/CIE will be held in conjucntion with the 2021 Joint Virtual Technical Conference of CORM, USNC-CIE and CNC-CIE.

Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 274 News

2021 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 274 will be held as part of the CNC/CIE Annual Meeting.

Local Light and Lighting Events

AIC Midterm Meeting 2022, Toronto, Canada

The Colour Research Society of Canada will be hosting the 2022 Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association (AIC)  June 13–16, 2022.

The theme, Sensing Colour, offers a great breadth of opportunity for participants from diverse disciplines and modes of inquiry to contribute to colour awareness and knowledge in an interdisciplinary forum. It highlights how colour offers itself to us, in what ways it approaches and engages us, affecting our awareness, and harnessing our attention. In so many diverse ways, and through so many different lenses, colour is being studied as an influential shaper of human experience.

Through all our senses and faculties – through intellectual, cultural and material ways of knowing and feeling – we seek to observe and utilize the remarkable and mysterious energy of colour, whether material or immaterial, whether conceptual or practical, sociological or biological, natural or technological.

For further information and program updates, please follow

CIE Events

CIE Midterm Meeting

The midterm meeting of the CIE, 26 September to 2 October, 2021, will now be totally online. The meeting is being hosted by the CIE National Committe of Malaysia. The website is now open. The deadline for early registration is 31 July, 2021. 

CIE News

Recruitment of CIE Scientific Manager

The CIE is recruiting a Scientific Manager (currently called CIE Technical Manager). The Scientific Manager plays a key role in the organization, including being responsible for the final steps in the preparation of all CIE publications, and in their promotion to the world. The full position description is located here.

Application for this role will be open until August 14, 2021 and requests for further information or submissions of applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the attention of the General Secretary.

Call for Experts

CIE has over 70 Technical Committees (TCs) working on new reports and international standards. A brief description of each TC is available under CIE Technical Committees. If you have expertise to contribute to any of these, especially the new ones shown below, you can apply for membership by sending a completed CIE TC Membership form and CIE Copyright Agreement form  to the relevant TC Chair, with a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the CNC/CIE Secretariat. Please note that all Canadian members of TCs must be or become members of the CNC/CIE.

TC 2-95: Measurement of obtrusive light and sky glow
TC 2-96: Revision of ISO/CIE 19476: 2014 Characterization of the performance of illuminance meters and luminance meters
TC 3-59: The integration of daylight and electric lighting
TC 3-60: Spectral Daylight Characteristics
TC 8-18: Guidelines for Definition and Evaluation of High Dynamic Range Images and Image Sequences

CIE Publications

One key activity of the CIE is the publication of technical and scientific work in the form of Technical Reports, International Standards, and Technical Notes. Technical Notes are freely available. Technical Reports and International Standards can be purchased through the CIE Web Shop. Summaries of recent publications, iincluding links to recent Technical Notes, can be found under New Publications.

In addition to formal publications, the CIE Board of Administration will, from time to time, issue Position Statements. Summaries of recentCIE Position Statements can be found here.

Members of the CNC/CIE are reminded that they are able to get a discount on all CIE publications. The latest discount code, effective December 2020, is currently available in the members only area under Publication Discount Code. To log in, go to CNC/CIE Members. If you do not have access, please contact the CNC/CIE Secretariat.

For general enquiries contact the CNC/CIE Secretariat.