The European Physical Society is
delighted to announce the official start of a global project aiming at a
United Nations proclamation of an International Year of Light in 2015.
The project prospectus can now be downloaded here.
Light plays a central
role in human activities in science, technology and culture. Light
itself underpins the existence of life, and light-based technologies
will guide and drive the future development of human society. Light and
optics have revolutionized medicine, have opened up international
communication via the Internet, and continue to be central to linking
cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.
Advances in lighting and solar energy are considered crucial for future
Scientists and educators,
in a large variety of scientific disciplines ranging from physics, to
astronomy, to chemistry and material science, to biology, etc., are very
well aware of the tremendous importance of optical science and
technology for future international development. But as the application
of light through the field of photonics becomes the key cross-cutting
discipline of science in the 21st century, it is critical that the
brightest young minds continue to be attracted into science and
engineering careers in this field.
It is the need to promote
improved public and political understanding of the central role of
light in the modern world which has motivated EPS to coordinate a
proposal for the proclamation of an International Year of Light in 2015
under the auspices of the United Nations. As well as celebrating the
anniversaries of important milestones in the history of science that
fall in 2015, the International Year of Light project will include
important aspects of education and development, focusing specifically on
how the science of light can improve the quality of life in the
developing world and in emerging economies.
"Light is an immediate and
fascinating topic, but also inter- and multidisciplinary in all its
numerous forms,” says EPS President Professor Luisa Cifarelli. "It is
ideal to be chosen for the declaration of an 'International Year'.”
The project involves many
international partners, representing major international scientific
societies from all branches of physics. The release of the prospectus
will be followed by a formal request for endorsement at the
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) General Assembly
in November 2011. This is the important first step in the process to
approach the United Nations.
Luisa Cifarelli, EPS President firstname.lastname@example.org
EPS Project Secretariat email@example.com