Tell us about your IYL 2015 activities!

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) is a truly international initiative with events taking place all around the world to fulfil the objectives of the United Nations resolution that proclaimed the Year.

The IYL 2015 Secretariat is now beginning to compile a Report on all the activities that have taken place as part of IYL 2015, and in 2016, a Final Report will be formally submitted to UNESCO and the United Nations. 

The IYL 2015 Secretariat will shortly be contacting organizers of past IYL events, with a link that they should use, to access a simple web form, where details about the event can be submitted and photos uploaded. 

It is essential that as many events from around the world are included in this Final Report, as this will demonstrate the international impact of the Year and will allow us to look at follow up areas for the future. 

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

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

Maciej J. Nalecz
Director, Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building
UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector
M.Nalecz@unesco.org