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News from the International Day of Light 2018

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 12 September 2017

After the success of the International Year of Light in 2015, the International Day of Light will be proclaimed at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017 and take place on 16 May 2018 in Paris.

Stay tuned by following #IDL2018 on Twitter and by subscribing to the IDL2018 newsletter here.

Tags:  IDL2018  International Day of Light 2018  IYL 2015  Light 

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Launch of the IYL 2015 Final Report on 3 October 2016

Posted By Administration, 13 September 2016

The Final Report of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be delivered to UNESCO leadership at a special half-day event to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on Monday 3 October 2016.

The IYL 2015 has been a tremendously successful global initiative with thousands of events reaching millions of people worldwide. United by the interdisciplinary theme of light, IYL 2015 has brought together a diverse range of participants along with UNESCO, all committed to raising awareness of how light science and technology provide solutions to the many challenges facing the world today.

The event will consist of an overview summarizing key facts and figures of the International Year, followed by a series of short speeches from a selection of IYL 2015 partners. Finally, the IYL 2015 Final Report will be officially delivered to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Flavia Schlegel. For more information, see the programme below.

Participation at the event is free but invitations are limited and therefore registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend the event, please contact as soon as possible to provide further details on the registration process.

Tags:  events  International Year of Light 2015  IYL 2015  report 

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Interview of EPS president Christophe Rossel

Posted By Administration, 26 November 2015
Read an interview of the EPS president Christophe Rossel in the last newsletter of the ICFO.

He shares his vision for EPS and reflections on opportunities for the EPS Young Minds initiative on outreach and education as well as the role of physics in industry and society.

Download the ICFO newsletter at:

Tags:  EPS president  EPS Young Minds  ICFO  IYL 2015  LIGHT2015 

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Call for entries for IYL 2015 Film Festival at the IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony

Posted By Administration, 23 November 2015
Dear all,

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be brought to an official close with a ceremony to be held over three days from 4-6 February 2016 in the city of Mérida, Mexico. As a parallel event of the programme, we are glad to announce the organization of the IYL 2015 Film Festival to showcase videos/documentaries developed to celebrate the IYL 2015. A call for entries is open to select films for the festival. We would appreciate if you can disseminate this information as wide as possible using your own dissemination channels in your countries.

The art of cinema can show us the true nature of life but it is just an illusion. An illusion, at 24 frames per second, which fools our eyes into sensing motion when light is projected onto a big screen. Over the year, many people worldwide have decided to celebrate light and the IYL 2015’s themes and goals by creating several videos documenting IYL 2015 anniversaries, physics phenomena related to light or just IYL 2015 activities. With this festival we would like to get a glimpse of what have been produced around the world and pay homage to the creators of the videos.

Information about Submission Process

1) Any form: Films of any length. (Shorts and Features)
2) Films that were produced to celebrate the IYL 2015 or that fit the IYL 2015 themes and goals
3) Films that are in English/Spanish or suitably subtitled in English (films originally produced in any languages are welcome).
4) Entries for selection are required to be sent in digital (upload) format.

How to submit a film:

Please fill in the following form (

Deadline for submission: Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 23:59:59 CET.


For any enquiries, please contact
For more information:

Best regards,

Jorge G. Rivero González
EPS IYL2015 Outreach Officer

Tags:  call  film  International Year of Light 2015  IYL 2015 

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Optics in the Land of Morning Calm

Posted By Administration, 30 July 2015
Updated: 31 July 2015

The Optical Society of Korea (OSK) held its annual meeting on July 13 to 15, 2015 in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Korea located in the south of the country. This conference brought together physicists working in optics and laser-matter interaction. While most of participants came from Asia, some of them traveled from US and European countries to celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of OSK and the International Year of Light.  Presidents and official representatives of many learning societies (The Optical Society - OSA, IEEE, SPIE, EPS, the Japanese Society of Applied Physics) willingly answered the invitation of the OSK managers to address this meeting and debate the future of light in the world and more particularly in Korea.

Korea is clearly becoming a leader in both the fundamental and applied aspects of optics and photonics. Its world leadership, as emphasized by OSA President-Elect Alan Willner, is already visible in the scientific review Optics Express, where Korean contributions amazingly increase and even dominate US and European submissions in number. Korea is also very active around the new technologies for petawatt-class (PW) lasers and their applications to plasma-based accelerators. In this field Korean researchers already hold some records in laser-driven proton and electron acceleration and they are fully in the race for the next generation of 10 PW lasers.

Many other scientific issues were treated, among which nonlinear optical microscopy for biology and medical imaging, photonic integrated circuits, realistic 3D imaging, plasmonics and nanophotonics, holographic data storage, optics in wireless communication networks, pumped diode and disk lasers, attosecond science, and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy.

A round table was moreover organized about the future of light. Dalma Novak, President of the IEEE Photonics Society, emphasized the importance of rapid wireless technologies and the need to increase the links between optics and electronics in information transmission devices. We insisted on the importance of realistic 3D calculations and the ever-increasing use of high-performance scientific computing. Another point of discussion was large-scale PW laser projects (e.g., ELI), which enrich joint efforts on extreme nonlinear optics and plasma physics, and should further improve medical imaging techniques and cancer treatments.

About 450 researchers attended this exciting meeting. Invited attendees enjoyed the great hospitality of the organization committee. As Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of EPS, I would like to thank again Professor Yun Chung, President of the Optical Society of Korea, for his kind invitation.

The Land of Morning Calm appears as the right place to be for future meetings in optics between Asia and Europe.

Luc Bergé,
chair of the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

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Tags:  conferences  IYL 2015  QEOD 

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LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics and Young Entrepreneur in Photonics Awards Winners Announced

Posted By Administration, 09 June 2015

The European Optical Society, together with the LIGHT2015 project, announces the LIGHT2015 Award winners.

The Young Women in Photonics Awards
to honour young female scientists who has made outstanding contributions to photonics goes to: Na Liu (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems) in the Fundamental category and Nathalie Vermeulen (Photonics Team (B-PHOT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)) in the Applied/Engineering category.

The winner of the Young Photonics Entrepreneur Award is Garret D. Cole (Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC& GmbH). The awards will be presented during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday 24 June 2015.

Seppo Honkanen, President of the EOS remarks: “We were delighted to receive such a large number of outstanding applications for the Young Women in Photonics Award, and the jury wishes to extend its thanks to all applicants. With such a broad range of research areas, we decided in the end to give two awards in different categories: Fundamental and Applied/ Engineering. The large number of excellent candidates suggests that measures to attract women into photonics are having a positive effect, but we believe there is still very much more to do.  As a legacy of the LIGHT2015 project, the EOS will therefore plan to continue giving these awards in the future, in connection with its bi-annual EOSAM Symposium”.

LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award: Fundamental Category

On the Fundamental category, the prize is awarded to Dr. Na Liu for “her seminal contribution to nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics. She established 3D stacking of plasmonic structures, enabling the manufacturing of complex plasmonic functional devices. Using this method, she realized the first 3D stereometamaterials, the first 3D analog of EIT in plasmonics, exhibiting well-modulated Fano resonances, the first single plasmonic antenna-enhanced gas sensor, the first near-IR plasmonic perfect absorber, the first plasmonic glucose sensor based on Fano resonances, the first plasmonic 3D ruler, the first 3D chiral plasmonic structure, the first 3D reconfigurable plasmonic system based on DNA assembly, and the first DNA-based plasmonic gas sensor. Her work has transformed plasmonics from a fundamental field in science into the applications realm.“

Na Liu (age 36) completed her doctorate at the University of Stuttgart. She worked as a postdoc at the University of California at Berkeley and later as a visiting professor at Rice University. She is a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and also a full professor at University of Heidelberg.

LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award: Applied/Engineering category

On the Applied/Engineering category, Dr. Nathalie Vermeulen has been awarded for “introducing a disruptive model for the nonlinear process of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering and employed it to conceptualize a novel cooling technique for Raman lasers. She also came up with a groundbreaking phase matching approach for on-chip nonlinear wavelength converters, enabling device manufacturing in photonic foundries with standard fabrication rules. Today Dr. Vermeulen impacts mid-infrared solid-state laser development, and targets nextgeneration nonlinear photonic devices based on graphene.”

Nathalie Vermeulen (age 33) is professor in the Brussels Photonics Team at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Her research is focused on generating light with multiple wavelengths in optical chips. In 2013 she obtained a prestigious European ERC Starting Grant, and she also became coordinator of a European FET project.

LIGHT2015 Young Entrepreneur in Photonics Award

Dr. Garret D. Cole, the Young Entrepreneur in Photonics laureate, won for “the development of a game-changing low-noise optical coating process that enables the integration of single-crystal semiconductor films onto arbitrary optical substrates, and for successful entrepreneurship through subsequently founding the high-tech start-up company Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH. High-reflectivity mirrors fabricated with his technique yield an order of magnitude reduction in thermal coating noise compared to state-of-the-art optical coatings. His technology solves a decade old roadblock in laser-based precision measurement and instrumentation.”

Garrett Cole (age 36), Co-Founder of Crystalline Mirror Solutions (CMS), obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 2005. Leveraging his wide-ranging expertise in micromechanically-tunable surface-emitting lasers, cavity optomechanical systems, and advanced microfabrication techniques, Dr. Cole co-founded CMS along with Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer in February 2012.

The LIGHT2015 awards consist of a diploma and an honorarium of €2500.

In addition, special recognition to young women in Photonics will also go to Francesca Calegari (National Research Council of Italy – Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (CNR – IFN) and Camille-Sophie Bres (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)) for their contributions to Photonics.

The Award ceremony will be held in Munich during the World of Photonic Congress on Wednesday 24 June at 16:00-16:20. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 23 June within the CLEO EUROPE- EQEC 2015 Plenary Session and Awards Ceremonies.

About EOS 

The purpose of the European Optical Society (EOS) is to contribute to progress in optics and related sciences, and to promote their applications at the European and international levels, by bringing together individuals and legal entities involved in these disciplines and their applications.

The EOS serves as the joint forum for all individuals, companies, organizations, educational institutions, and learned and professional societies, who recognise the opportunity and challenge that a common European base provides for the development of optics in its broadest sense.

About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 activities will include LIGHTtalks, a series of inspirational events, which will take place throughout the European Union in different cities at different times for the whole duration of the project in order to bring photonics closer to students and entrepreneurs. A specific series of events targeted to local industry and entrepreneurs, will take place during the period 25-28 September 2015 to take advantage of the international “100 Hours / Weekend of Light” of the global IYL 2015 programme.

Another highlight of LIGHT2015 will be a community experiment on smartphone photonics where thousands of participants from throughout the EU will carry out optical measurements of the sky to yield information related to air pollution. To aid teachers and to inspire student, Photonics kits will be distributed to schools around Europe to support the scientific education at secondary schools.

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw

Tags:  award  IYL 2015  light2015 

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Photo exhibition at IONS Karlsruhe 2015

Posted By Administration, 30 April 2015

IONS Karlsruhe 2015 is a 3-day conference targeted at PhD and Master students working in the field of optics and photonics. Participation is free of charge, details can be found on the registration page.

Besides the scientific and social program OSKar arranges a photo exhibition devoted to the International Year of Light 2015.  Hobby photographers and professionals are invited to submit their photographs in order to show the presence of light in all the areas of our life: arts, science and society.

Tags:  conferences  EPS Young Minds  International Year of Light  IYL 2015 

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IYL 2015: call for paper for the Fiat Lux conference

Posted By Administration, 17 February 2015
Updated: 17 February 2015

Dear colleague,
Within the framework of the UNESCO activities for 2015 – The International Year of Light, you are cordially invited to attend and submit memories to the:

International Scientific and Theological Conference
FIAT-LUX (LET THERE BE LIGHT), Roma (Italy), June 3-5 2015.

In the common language light means knowledge: “I had a lightning”! In nature, light has a larger dimension, regrouping together three main functionalities: light means energy, light means information, light means also time rhythm. All of them are somehow different expressions of “knowledge”: in fact, getting information and communicate means to know the surrounding, acquire energy from such knowledge and start associated actions. Physics and metaphysics have always analysed the surrounding nature from points of view which might be different but never opposite. FIAT LUX wants to be the place where scientists, philosophers and theologians will get together to discuss on the LIGHT, trying to find similar languages and common understanding.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2015. 

Visit the conference website at:

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