The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative that will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.
International Year of Light website:
NISE Network activities and programs suggestions for the International Year of Light:
NanoDays short hands-on activities
- Exploring Materials - Liquid Crystals (NanoDays 08, 09, 10)
- Exploring Products - Liquid Crystal Displays (NanoDays 2013)
- Exploring Properties - Invisibility (NanoDays 13, 14)
- Exploring Products - Sunblock (NanoDays 2011 and 2012)
- Exploring Properties - UV Bracelets (NanoDays 2013)
- Exploring Materials - Thin Films (NanoDays 2011 and 2012)
- Exploring Structures - Butterfly (NanoDays 2012)
- Exploring Materials - Nano Gold (NanoDays 2012)
- Exploring Tools - 3D Imaging (NanoDays 2013)
- Butterfly Blues video
- Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly video
- Nano and Me videos - Gold
- What’s Nano About Bubbles? video
- Invisibility Cloak video
- A Little Bit of Sunshine video
- Colors at the Nanoscale: Butterflies, Beetles and Opals classroom program
- Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): Cart Version program
- Biomimicry: From Nature to Nanotech program
- Nanoparticle Stained Glass (cart demo) program
- Photolithography program
Online Brown-Bag workshop
- recorded online workshop March 2013 that included a discussion of light at the nanoscale
About IYL 2015
The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative that will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. A resolution declaring 2015 the International Year of Light was passed by the full United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2013. The Optical Society is one of nine founding scientific organizations that worked to obtain the formal declaration. The International Year of Light will consist of coordinated activities on national, regional and international levels.
Raising Global Awareness
In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.
Light in our Daily Life
Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. For centuries light has transcended all boundaries, including geographic, gender, age, culture and race, and is a tremendous subject to motivate education.