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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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Launch Ceremony of the International Year of Light

Posted By Administration, 19 December 2014

Over a thousand participants will converge on Paris for the two day event, and speakers and attendees will include international diplomats and decision-makers, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe. After high-level opening addresses by international political leaders, a series of keynote lectures, symposia and round-tables will cover areas of basic science, innovative lighting solutions for society, light pollution, emerging trends in photonics, the Einstein Centenary, the role of light-based technologies in addressing global challenges, light in art and culture, the history of science, and science policy.

Keynote speakers from the light science community will include Nobel laureates Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, Zhores Alferov, William Phillips and Serge Haroche, pioneering and inspiring scientists who will speak on a diverse range of topics: light and life, energy, telecommunications, and the fundamental physics of light-matter interactions.  The programme will also include contributions by: Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi (President of the Pontifical Council for Culture); renowned Mexican architect Gustavo Avilés; the CEO of Royal Philips Lighting Eric Rondolat; Harry Verhaar (President of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association); Alessandro Farini (Expert on Human Vision and Art); Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran, (Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center); Linda Wamune (SunnyMoney and SolarAid); Martin Aufmuth (from onedollarglasses.org); Illac Diaz (aliteroflight.org); Andrew Forbes representing the Photonics Initiative of South Africa; Zohra Ben Lakhdar (UNESCO L’Oreal Prize Winner); and many other leading scientists and representatives from international NGOs. The Opening Ceremony will also see leading science and cultural heritage organization 1001 Inventions launch their accompanying international campaign to promote the life and works of the pioneering scientist from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, Ibn al-Haytham.

The programme will also feature several cultural and musical interludes, and the outside of the UNESCO Building in Paris will be lit by Finnish light artist Kari Kola with a display entitled “Light is Here” which will reflect the powerful elements of the Northern lights.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, 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 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.

Contacts

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
president@eps.org

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it
 
Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
Assistant Programme Specialist
International Basic Sciences Programme
UNESCO HQ, Paris
jj.ngome-abiaga@unesco.org

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The International Year of Light consortium welcomes the International Association of Lighting Designers as Patron Sponsor

Posted By Administration, 21 August 2014

21 August 2014 - IYL2015

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). The IYL2015 consortium is delighted to welcome into its partnership the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) as a Patron sponsor, and to include as a major focus of the year’s activities Light in the Built Environment.

The theme of “Light in the Built Environment” addresses both indoor and outdoor environments. The goals of good lighting are to put light where it is needed, when it is needed, while simultaneously minimizing energy use and light pollution. Practitioners of many disciplines, from engineering to architecture, deal with light in the built environment. Lighting designers specialize in applying insights from both science and art to optimize lighting installations, improving human comfort and productivity while also highlighting architectural impact. IALD is the only global organization of independent lighting designers, all of whom are recognized as leaders in the field.

As John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL Steering Committee explains: “Figures suggest that lighting represents almost 20% of global electricity consumption. The future development of society in both developed countries and emerging economies around the world are intimately tied up with the ability to effectively light our cities, homes, schools and recreation areas. Moreover, addressing issues of light pollution is essential for many reasons – from reducing energy waste to allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Raising awareness of the importance of the interdisciplinary theme of Light in the Built Environment will be a key goal of the International Year of Light in 2015.”

The IALD will celebrate IYL 2015 throughout the year within its existing worldwide program of activities, such as its annual portfolio of Enlighten conferences, and by integrating with the other activities planned by UNESCO and the IYL community.

Members of the IALD community work closely with a diverse range of scientists and experts in many fields. As IALD President Barbara Horton, FIALD, stresses: “The International Year of Light 2015 offers a great opportunity to help draw public attention to the impacts of light on human comfort, productivity and well-being. IYL 2015 will allow lighting organizations around the world to build public and policymaker understanding of the role that light and lighting play in daily life.”

As a Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light, IALD will work closely with the IYL2015 Consortium to design and implement actions to highlight the crucial role that lighting design can play in improving the quality of people’s lives worldwide. IALD will kick-off its involvement in IYL2015 through participation in the Opening Ceremony of IYL2015 in January 2015, where an IALD speaker will highlight the importance of these themes in a special symposium on lighting challenges for the future.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. With UNESCO as lead agency, 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 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the International Centre of Theoretical Physics ICTP. Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the lightsources.org International Network, The Optical Society (OSA) and 1001Inventions.

Contacts

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
president@eps.org

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it

Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
Assistant Programme Specialist International Basic Sciences Programme UNESCO HQ, Paris
jj.ngome-abiaga@unesco.org

About IALD

Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, IL, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. Governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, the IALD is a volunteer association that relies on the active participation of its members. The over 1,000 lighting designers around the world who are members of the IALD hold a position of distinction and authority in the lighting design profession. Learn more at www.iald.org.

Contacts

John Martin
Public Policy
International Association of Lighting Designers [IALD] Tel. +1 415 898 5711
Mobile. +1 415 717 5200
john@iald.org

Download the press release

Tags:  International Year of Light  IYL2015  sponsor 

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IYL2015 Italian webpage at SIF - update

Posted By Administration, 29 July 2014
The IYL2015 Italian webpage, hosted in the Italian Physical Society (SIF) website, has been updated.
You can check the calendar and the news here: http://www.sif.it/attivita/iyl2015.

More info
IYL2015 website
SIF website

Tags:  International Year of Light  IYL2015  light2015  SIF 

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ILY2015: Spanish Committee for celebrating International Year of Light 2015

Posted By Administration, 19 May 2014
May 2014, Alba-Cells 

The kick-off meeting of the Spanish Committee in charge of promoting education and outreach activities for celebrating the International Year of Light in Spain has been held last week at the ALBA Synchrotron facilities.

The committee is composed by academic and industrial members from multidisplicinary knowledge areas related to light: physics, communications and GPS, environment, cultural heritage or artistic expressions. Participants included Dr. Caterina Biscari, former member of the EPS Executive Committee and director for the ALBA Synchrotron, Prof. María Luisa Calvo, vice-president of the Royal Spanish Physical Society (RSEF) and many others.

Read the full article on the Abla-Cells website: http://www.cells.es/NewsAndEvents/News/IYL2015_SpanishCommittee

Tags:  ALBA Cells  AM  International Year of Light  IYL2015  RSEF 

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Download nice IYL2015 bookmarks!

Posted By Administration, 09 May 2014
Updated: 09 May 2014
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IYL2015: the official blog is online

Posted By Administration, 05 May 2014
The official blog for the International Year of Light 2015 is online now!
Add it to your favorites: http://light2015blog.org



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Follow IYL2015 updates on Facebook

Posted By Administration, 04 April 2014

To get updates from the International Year of Light 2015, check out the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/IYLight2015

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International optics leaders present Year of Light initiative at UN headquarters in New York

Posted By Administration, 04 June 2013
Updated: 03 June 2013
Optics leaders from around the world had the privilege to be invited to present the aims and organization of the International Year of Light to representatives from United Nations Member States and UNESCO at an Information Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 16 May. The meeting was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations. It was Mexico, along with Ghana, New Zealand and the Russian Federation that submitted the International Year of Light proposal to the UNESCO Executive board in 2012 which led to its adoption with over 30 more countries as cosignatories.

The delegation of senior researchers consisted of Ana María Cetto from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Yanne Chembo Kouomou from the African Physical Society, John Dudley, President of the European Physical Society, Anthony M. Johnson, Past-President of OSA and representative of ICTP, and H. Philip Stahl, President-Elect of SPIE. During the Information Meeting, the delegation members described in detail the goals and activities of the International Year of Light, focusing especially on the role that optics and photonics can play in addressing issues of sustainable development and in promoting science education. They also considered emerging applications in archaeology and cultural heritage, and described the cross-cutting nature of the Year of Light themes in diverse other areas from art to philosophy.

An important outcome of the meeting was the decision to ensure that the International Year of Light highlights both the science and the technological applications of light, emphasizing the key role of photonics as an enabling technology to solve problems of global concern. As Delegation member John Dudley explained "An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. Photonics provides practical and cost-effective solutions to challenges in so many different areas: energy, sustainable development, climate change, health and agriculture.” The International Year of Light already has UNESCO endorsement, and this Information Meeting has now set in place the procedure towards adoption by the United Nations General Assembly.

Contacts :
John Dudley

Ana María Cetto

David Lee


More info...
EPS web page of the International Year of Light

Image:
Left: Delegation members Yanne Chembo Kouomou, Anthony M. Johnson and John M. Dudley in committee with Ambassador Yanerit Morgan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN.  Right: The delegation during their visit to the UN General Assembly Chamber (H. Philip Stahl, John M. Dudley, Anthony M. Johnson, Ana María Cetto, Yanne Chembo Kouomou).
© EPS - J. Dudley

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