The National Week of Science and Technology in Brazil Commemorates IYL 2015

The National Week of Science and Technology 2015 (SCNT) in Brazil has the central theme “Light, Science and Life” in connection with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). From 19 to 25 October, over 27,000 activities will be organized in 650 cities and small towns around the country with the participation of 2,100 educational and research institutions, schools and community organizations. Around 1,200 of these activities will be dedicated especifically to light and its technologies.

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The SNCT in Brazil is celebrated annually, in October, under the coordination of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and with the collaboration of educational and research institutes and scientific societies, such as the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science. The goal of SNCT is to mobilize the population, especially children and teenagers, around themes and activities of science & technology, stimulating creativity, scientific thinking and innovation. It intends to show the importance of science and technology for people´s lives and for the development of the country, and provide an opportunity for the Brazilian population to know and discuss the results and impacts of scientific and technological research and their applications.

Up to now, there are about 27.000 activities registered in the website of the SNCT. One hundred and fifty major events, as science fairs and festivals science in public places, scientific exhibits, mobile science, and events integrating science, culture and art, are scheduled. About 1,200 activities, specifically on light and its technologies, will take place across the country, as conferences, workshops, demonstrations of experiments on light, open days in research institutions, distribution of books, magazines, software and educational kits on science, scientific excursions, programs on radio and television, science on the internet and social networks and exhibition of scientific videos. We hope that in the next week the activities of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies will brighten Brazil with the engagement of millions of people.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in Brazil visit the Brazilian National website and Facebook page.

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

Ildeu de Castro Moreira
Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 in Brazil
ildeu@if.ufrj.br 

Douglas Falcão Silva
Coordinator of the National Week of Science and Technology (SNCT) in Brazil
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
douglas.silva@mcti.gov.br

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