The 2015 World Science Forum highlights the International Year of Light

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be part of the programme of the 2015 World Science Forum (WSF) that is being celebrated in Budapest (Hungary) on 4-7 November. On November 6th, keynote speakers will provide an overview of the aims the Year and will present several topics to raise awareness of how important the science and technology of light is for humankind, and the many ways in which photonics provides solutions to problems of global importance.

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The 2015 WSF is organized under the theme ‘the enabling power of science’, to examine and highlight the many ways in which science improves quality of life for the benefit and advancement of society.

The WSF programme will explore relevant topics linked to the theme and provide a platform for improved dialogue and collaboration between the scientific community, private sector, government and civil society. It also provides opportunities for young scientists and researchers to lead and participate in debates.

On Friday 6 November, there will be a thematic session focused on the International Year of Light. The session will be moderated by the IYL 2015 Steering Committee Chair John Dudley and will provide an overview of the aims and activities of the year and will showcase a selection of events and initiatives that have taken place around the world. It will also provide a short introduction to the other topics that will be presented in the session. The panel will include:

  • Naomi J Halas (Founding Director of Laboratory for Nanophotonics, Rice University)
  • Wolfgang Sandner (Director General, ELI-DC International Association The "Extreme Light Infrastructure" ELI)
  • Claudia Mignone (Astrophysicist , Science Writer and Communicator)

Organized every two years, the forum is one of the world’s major science events. It brings together over 600 scientists and provides linkages between scientists, industry and policy makers. The 2015 World Science Forum is organized by UNESCO, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). This is the 7th edition of the World Science Forum. The previous WSF took place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013.

For more information, please visit the 2015 World Science Forum 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

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

Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
Assistant Programme Specialist
International Basic Sciences Programme
UNESCO HQ, Paris
jj.ngome-abiaga@unesco.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