France extends IYL 2015 celebrations in the country until June 2016

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be celebrated in France until 30 June 2016. Due to the large number of requests to organize events beyond 2015, the French IYL 2015 National Committee have decided to extend the IYL 2015 celebrations in the country six more months.

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Launched on January 8th with a prestigious Opening Ceremony at La Sorbonne in Paris, the French National Committee is convinced that the final goal of 1,000 IYL 2015 events in France will be achieved before the end of the year.  

The French IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony will be held on February 2nd, 2016 in the Salons of the Paris City Hall. The Mayor of Paris will be the partner of this beautiful festival which will run from 1.30pm to 9pm in the Great Hall of the City of Festivals, the Arcades Salon and Salon Georges Bertrand.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in France, please visit the French IYL 2015 National Website.

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

Costel Subran
President IYL 2015 French National Committee
costel.subran@sfoptique.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