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International Year of Light 2015

What is the International Year of Light?

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in areas such as energy, education, communications, health, and sustainability.

Who is running the International Year of Light?

The UN resolution A/RES/68/221 designates UNESCO as the lead agency in cooperation with a consortium of hundreds of worldwide partners and the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP).

How will it achieve its goals?

IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015 - from the first studies of optics 1000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

When will events begin?

The first official event is the Opening Ceremony over 19-20 January 2015 at UNESCO HQ in Paris. Other events will take place all year, starting on New Year’s eve 2014!

Where can I find information?

Please browse www.light2015.org for information on national contacts, events, resources, videos and more!

Get Involved!

To get involved please contact the Global Secretariat located at ICTP,the UNESCO Category I Centre in Trieste, Italy (email) or the International Basic Sciences Programme at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France (Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga)

Press releases

See below to read the press releases.



Visit the IYL 2015 website

Resources

Download prospectus
Download the short presentation (1,9 MB)
Download the long presentation (6 MB)
Download bookmarks and posters (PDF)

Logos

Download colour logos or black logos

Founding partners

Founding Partners

Patron sponsors

Associate sponsors

International Year of Light 2015 - Press Releases

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You will find here the PR related to the International Year of Light and Light-Based Techologies 2015
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Launch Ceremony of the International Year of Light PDF (208.9 KB)  more ] Administration Yesterday
Ibn Al-Haytham to be the focus of IYL 2015 PDF (270.91 KB)  more ] Administration 18/12/2014
IALD is Patron Sponsor PDF (285.24 KB)  more ] Administration 03/09/2014
Philips Lighting as first Patron Sponsor PDF (218.76 KB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
Philips Lighting parrain de l'Année de la Lumière PDF (216.92 KB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
Final UN resolution for IYL in 2015 PDF (31.67 KB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
Year of Light declared at UN General Assembly PDF (232.88 KB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
Year of Light initiative presented at UN HQ PDF (3.62 MB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
UNESCO supports IYL in 2015 PDF (69.93 KB)  more ] Administration 19/08/2014
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