International Year of Light 2015

International Year of Light logo
Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
Location: 
worldwide
Event type: 

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

Videos

Programs

Online Brown-Bag workshop


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.