Depending on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Lighting 2020 Organizing Committee is ready to host a Hybrid Conference // Virtual Conference on September 24-26, 2020.

The Hybrid Conference opens the in-person event, held in University of Ruse, Bulgaria, to online (virtual) attending participants. Registered attendees will be able to present their papers, follow the presentations and interact with the audience remotely.

In case of running a Virtual Conference, instead of in-person event in Ruse, Bulgaria, we will provide you with details of the specific audio/video tools we will be using, as well as, the scheduling and format of paper presentations.

In either case, remotely attended authors will be required to present their paper according to IEEE policies and procedures about publication(s).

A registration will still be required for all authors and conference attendees.

We will post further updates about the reconfiguration of other aspects of the conference.

Feel free to contact us if further questions arise.

Stay healthy and safe!

Welcome to Ruse

Ruse is the biggest Bulgarian city on the Danube River and the most significant transport, logistics, business and cultural centre of North Bulgaria. The number of the population is 150000.
23 centuries ago, an ancient Thracian port marked the beginning of the town. In the late 1st century, the Roman fortress of Sexaginta Prista (from Latin “port for 60 ships”) became part of the Roman Danube Limes, the northern frontier of the empire. Today, the ruins of Sexaginta Prista are an open-air museum exposition.
In the Middle Ages, Ruse and the Romanian city of Giurgiu on the opposite river bank existed as one settlement. In the early 17th century, Ruse developed into a centre of trade; the port played an important role in the commercial exchange between Central Europe and the Balkan area. That is why the city can be found on all geographical maps from that period.
In the 1860s, the city became the administrative centre of the Ottoman Danube Province, which covered a territory of the size of Bulgaria today. That was the time when for the first time in Bulgaria industrial companies were started in Ruse and the first railway line between Ruse and Varna was built. In the second half of the 19th century, the city was the seat of 11 European diplomatic missions. That accelerated the inflow of European influences, which triggered changes of the day-to-day routines of its residents. Ruse’s history is related to national heroes from the Bulgarian National Revival period. A large number of events that were pioneering to Bulgaria happened in Ruse, and that made the city one of Bulgaria’s major centres of cultural development.
In the 1950s the largest bridge across the Danube River in its Bulgarian section, and the only one until recently, was built. That bridge opened new prospects to the development of the city.
Ruse is a port on the Danube, where cultural traces from the West and the East, from the North and the South have landed and got rooted. The people living here, equally with the strangers, see Ruse’s identity as a bridge between cultures.

“Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse is an autonomous state higher school. There are eight faculties in the structure of the University: Agrarian and Industrial Faculty, Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Electronics and Automation, Faculty of Transport, Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Public Health and Healthcare, three Branches of Ruse University in Silistra, Razgrad and Vidin and a Bulgarian and Romanian Inter-university Europa Centre (Situated in Romania).
Around 10 000 students and doctoral degree students study in state-of-the-art study halls and research laboratories, spread on 67 490 sq m (of which over 13 000 sq m in the newly built school building -2, officially opened in 2010). The teaching staff consists of 411 highly qualified full-time lecturers, of whom 37 professors, 172 associate professors and 348 PhD lecturers. A great number of renowned specialists in different spheres of knowledge also teach part-time at the University.
Teams from “Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse participate in the implementation of over 250 multi-lateral and bi-lateral international agreements in the field of science and education, of which over 200 are under the Erasmus Programme. Furthermore, there are agreements with partners from about 40 countries from Europe, Asia and America under 20 international programmes for cooperation. The annual number of lecturers, administration, students and doctoral students, participating in international training and practical forums is between 450 and 520, with student mobilities growing continually. Every year between 70 and 100 students travel under the Erasmus programme only.


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Visa Information

Please check current visa requirements to enter Bulgaria. You may check the Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Visa for Bulgaria official web site whether you need a visa and how to obtain one if necessary.

Requests for Visa Support Letters (for those, who need a Visa to enter Bulgaria)

The conference has policy for issuing official Visa Support Letters as follows:

  • Visa Support Letters will be issued after successful registration of an accepted full paper and payment of conference fee
  • Visa Support Letters can only be issued for the person accepted to attend the conference
  • Visa Support Letters will be issued via email. Please contact a conference representative at to arrange for a Visa Support Letter. You must include the following details: (1) Your name as appears on your passport; (2) Your Date of Birth; (3) Your Passport Number; (4) Passport Date of Issue; (5) Passport Date of Expire; (6) Title of an accepted paper or poster

Note: Obtaining a Visa Support Letters from the conference will not guarantee that your visa application will be approved. The letter contains supplementary information that explains a visa applicant’s purpose of travel to Bulgaria.


Getting to Ruse
Venue Name
University of Ruse
8 Studentska Str., 7017, Ruse, Bulgaria | Plus code: VX3C+R3 Ruse (Google Maps)




Lighting 2020 will be held at the University of Ruse, 8 Studentska Str., 7017, Ruse, Bulgaria
Plus code: VX3C+R3 Ruse (Google Maps).

Conference participants can arrange their own accommodation/hotel bookings. You can also book your stay online at a nearby hotel using the links below: