RULD is a creative association of lighting designers whose goal is to raise the professional quality of Russian lighting designers, both in the theoretical and in the practical sense. Their objectives include: to promote the (creative) research and design activities of professors, young scientists, students, practitioners in the field of science and lighting design, to address issues concerning mainstream education system and to develop professional training programs, to provide a platform for effective professional collaboration in addressing the pressing issues in the field of science, education, lighting design and experimental design, and to develop and promote intellectual cooperation between university teachers, early career researchers, students and practicing lighting designers to involve them in discussing and solving problems in the field of lighting design.