A Year of IYL 2015 activities in Hungary

The grand series of events organised in Hungary to commemorate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) is coming to an end, with only a couple of exciting events due in the autumn. Here is a summary of the past events and the programs highlights.

Children observing the Solar Eclipse on March 20th.
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Children observing the Solar Eclipse on March 20th.

Hungary has joined the initiative and had its opening ceremony in February where academician Róbert Kroó, the president of the programmme committee for the IYL 2015 spoke about the significance of the five main pillars of the distinguished year, namely – science, education, industry, arts and international relations.

During the months that have passed since, schools, research centres and exhibition halls have organised a great lot of activities at several hundred locations for those interested. In the spring, nature came to help out the organisers because on March 20th a whole country or even a whole continent had the chance to see a partial solar eclipse.

Prof. Norbert Kroó
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Prof. Norbert Kroó

In the middle of April the Roland Eötvös Physical Society (ELFT) organised all around the country spectacular demonstrations and experiments in Physics such as the "walking rainbow‟ and many more exciting shows for the visitors in more than thirty towns on the opening day of the series of programs called "Physics – we all own it". The event was kick-started at the ELTE Lágymányos Campus by Prof. Kroó.

Less than a week passed and another festive opportunity rose for the Physics’ lovers: the European Physical Society (EPS) inaugurated a memorial site for Physics to honour Jenő Wigner, a Nobel Prize Winner physicist in his beloved high school, the Fasori Evangélikus Gimnázium. This was the first EPS-memorial site inaugurated on school grounds.

The Light Relay event in May was an exciting experiment in which a light signal sparked from Szeged was passed on through fifteen settlements drawing a huge circular path only to return to the point of initialisation. A great number of students and voluntary people took part in the event and transferred the light signal by using various devices, such as lasers, firing signalling rockets, etc. to its next station.

Inauguration of the Fasori Evangélikus Gimnázium as EPS Historic site.
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Inauguration of the Fasori Evangélikus Gimnázium as EPS Historic site.

An exhibition to open on November 10 will feature the best pictures of the contestants of a thematic photographic contest in the subject of the international year of light at the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

More Information about IYL 2015 activities in Hungary on the IYL 2015 Hungarian 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

Norbert Kroó
IYL 2015 National Contact in Hungary
kroo.norbert@titkarsag.mta.hu

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