More than 700 International Year of Light events in France so far!

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) has been an immense success and a great popular celebration of light in France. Until the end of October, more than 700 events have been organized all around the country where thousands of participants have learnt about how important are photonics technologies to tackle global issues for our modern society.

IYL 2015 French Opening Ceremony.
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IYL 2015 French Opening Ceremony.

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.

All regions across France are deeply involved in the programme, from big cities to small villages; they are all taking part of the IYL 2015 celebrations by organizing many different activities such as conferences, festivals, exhibitions, activities for children and students, lightshows and many, many more.

IYL 2015 activities in Besançon, France.
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IYL 2015 activities in Besançon, France.

Several major events have taken place during this month or are in preparation:

  • Lumière : Entre arts et sciences – Musée du Louvre (Nov. 2015)
  • Fête Lumière Lyon 2015 (Dec. 2015)
  • Projet Human Energy Tour Eiffel (Dec. 2015)

For more information 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