Inauguration of the International Year of Light in Honduras

The Space Sciences Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Honduras inaugurated the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) in Honduras on 9 April 2015. With this inaugural event, Honduras joins the group of nations worldwide that collaborate in the task of promoting awareness of the importance of light and its applications in science.

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At the opening event, the IYL 2015 Honduran National Node Committee was presented. It is composed by specialists of several departments: Archeoastronomy and Cultural Astronomy, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science and Technology of Geographic Information and Aeronautical Sciences.

As part of this celebration, the projects and activities that each department will make in the coming months were announced. These activities comprised exhibitions, school activities, stargazing, seminars, symposia and scientific conferences, among others.

The Faculty's Dean, María Cristina Pineda de Carías presented the most important milestones in the Science of Light during the conference "International Year of Light". This conference served as the starting point for a cycle of conferences in the context of IYL 2015, which seeks to highlight the importance of light in different disciplines.

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

Ricardo Pastrana
IYL 2015 Honduran National Contact Point
r_pastrana@hotmail.com

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
john.dudley@univ-fcomte.fr

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