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UNESCO proclaims May 16th as the International Day of Light

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 14 November 2017
Updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017

PARIS, 14 November 2017: The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has today proclaimed the date of May 16th as the International Day of Light. The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development. The International Day of Light is an enduring follow-up to UNESCOs highly successful International Year of Light in 2015 that reached over 100 million people in over 140 countries. The International Day of Light was introduced to UNESCO by sponsors Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and the Russian Federation, and supported at the UNESCO Executive Board and the General Conference by 27 countries: Argentina, Colombia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Nigeria, Paraguay, Qatar, Togo, Vietnam, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The International Day of Light is administered from UNESCOs International Basic Science Programme by a Steering Committee that also includes representatives from: the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), Bosca, the European Centres for Outreach in Photonics (ECOP), the European Physical Society (EPS), the International Association of lighting Designers (IALD), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), lightsources.org - the international network of accelerator based light sources, Light: Science and Applications, The Optical Society (OSA), Philips Lighting, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) and Thorlabs.

Partners worldwide are now making plans for an ambitious series of outreach and education activities in May 2018, with special focus on students, young people and the public at large. In addition, a flagship inauguration featuring Nobel Laureates and leaders in areas of education, industry, design and lighting will take place on 16 May 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

Involvement and Opportunities: UNESCO welcomes all partners who wish to get involved in the International Day of Light either through organizing their own activities or by supporting the flagship event on May 16 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. For event registration, enquiries about partnership opportunities, and any other questions, please contact:

John Dudley, IDL 2018 Steering Committee Chair, john.dudley@univ-fcomte.fr

Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga, International Basic Sciences Programme UNESCO HQ, Paris, jj.ngomeabiaga@unesco.org

 

Jorge Rivero González, International Day of Light Secretariat & Press Officer, dayoflight@eps.org

Further Information

Website: lightday.org
Twitter: twitter.com/IDL2018 and #IDL2018
Facebook:
facebook.com/IDL2018

Tags:  IDL2018  International Day of Light  International Year of Light 2015  IYL2015 

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Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche's Lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse

Posted By Administration, Monday 6 June 2016

The French Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche will give a lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse (France) on June 10th as the final event of the European project LIGHT2015 coordinated by the European Physical Society.

Serge Haroche was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David J. Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems", a study of the particle of light, the photon. Since 2001, Haroche is a Professor at the Collège de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics.

S. Haroche’s talk will discuss how quantum physics was born from fundamental questions about light and will serve to close the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) activities in Mulhouse, France.

The lecture will be the final event of the LIGHT2015 project, which is funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, and that have organized around 120 activities in 30 European countries during IYL 2015 to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in Europe during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

The event will be organized on Friday 10 June 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Amphitheatre WEISS
Université de Haute-Alsace,
6 rue des Frères Lumière - 68200 Mulhouse, France

Free admission

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 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.

About European Physical Society
The European Physical Society (EPS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe through methods such as physics outreach. Formally established in 1968, its membership includes the national physical societies of 42 countries, and some 3200 individual members. The EPS Secretariat is based at Mulhouse, France.

Contacts

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Manager
jorge.rivero@eps.org
 

David Lee
European Physical Society Secretary General
d.lee@eps.org

Tags:  conference  IYL2015  light  LIGHT2015  quantum mechanics 

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IYL2015 EPS Young Minds Activity Grants

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 6 January 2015
Dear Members,

Young Minds is providing International Year of Light (IYL) Activity
Grants to support YM Sections in developing local community events and
activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our
daily lives.
The International Year of Light in 2015 is a unique opportunity to
showcase optics and its impact on our daily lives to world, and students
are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

EPS Young Minds Sections can apply up to 500€. This grant has to be
considered an Extra Grant with the respect to the 1000€ ordinary YM Grants.
The deadline for the application is January 15th.

To be eligible, each YM Section must be in good standing to apply for grants.
This means that its members are members of EPS or one of its national
societies. Sections need to have an annual election, around September,
to renew their officers.

Funding decisions were made based on the following criteria:
- potential to raise awareness of optics and its impact in daily life
- potential to reach a large audience
- clarity and structure of the project
- clear timeline and budget.

Don't loose this opportunity!
http://www.epsyoungminds.org/benefits/iyl2015/

The YM Action Committee

Tags:  EPS Young Minds  Grants  IYL2015 

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Launch Ceremony of the International Year of Light

Posted By Administration, Friday 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

Tags:  ceremony  International Year of Light  IYL2015 

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21 October is DAY OF PHOTONICS

Posted By Administration, Sunday 5 October 2014
Updated: Monday 6 October 2014

On 21 October 1983, the General Conference of Weights And Measures adopted the value of 299,792.458 km/s for the speed of light. At the occasion of the anniversary, over 100 activities will be organized in more than 30 countries in the world and encompass all kinds of demonstrations and discussions on the impact of photonics on our day-to-day life.

Any company, research organization, university, is welcome to organize an activity. Please contact the organizers to have your event listed!

More info can be found on http://day-of-photonics.org/activities-on-21-october-2014/

Tags:  IYL2015  photonics 

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

Posted By Administration, Thursday 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, Tuesday 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, Monday 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, Friday 9 May 2014
Updated: Friday 9 May 2014
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IYL2015: the official blog is online

Posted By Administration, Monday 5 May 2014
The official blog for the International Year of Light 2015 is online now!
Add it to your favorites: http://light2015blog.org



Tags:  International Year of Light  IYL2015 

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