The International Year of Light comes to Washington D.C. on Sept. 12

To promote the progress and promise of light research and education, leading U.S. science organizations will host two events on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The programs will mark the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), a yearlong celebration of light science and its applications, as proclaimed by the United Nations. The events are organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the IEEE Photonics Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Optical Society and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

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These events will feature the latest in light-based technologies as well as leading scientists and educators to promote improved public understanding of the central role of light in the modern world.

Wonders of Light: Family Science Fun

What

An educational event for school-age children with activities demonstrating the science of light

When

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 12

Where

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Who

Public and media are welcome; no RSVP required
The first 1,000 visitors will receive an International Year of Light tote bag.

 

Hands-on activities to include:

  • A LED-orb that changes color with music
  • Build-your-own kaleidoscope
  • An interactive video game
  • A green screen to be a reporter for a day

Light for a Better World: A Celebration of U.S. Innovation

What

A public symposium and invitation-only reception

When

6 - 9 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 12

Where

National Academy of Sciences

Who

Media and invited guests
Interested members of the media, please email pwimmer@osa.org.

 

This symposium will feature:

  • Eric Betzig, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner
  • France Córdova, National Science Foundation Director
  • Gerald Duffy, GE Lighting Manager
  • Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics CEO
  • Shuji Nakamura, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner

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

Jason Socrates Bardi
The American Institute of Physics
jbardi@aip.org

James Riordon
The American Physical Society
riordon@aps.org

Molly Galvin
The National Academy of Sciences
mgalvin@nas.edu

Sarah Bates
Public Affairs Specialist
National Science Foundation
sabates@nsf.gov

Rebecca B. Andersen
The Optical Society
randersen@osa.org

Amy Nelson
SPIE
amy@spie.org

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