SkyLight – a Global Science Opera

«SkyLight – a Global Science Opera» is the first science opera in history to be written and performed together by a global community of children, teachers, scientists and artists. «SkyLight» has been endorsed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as part of the Cosmic Light programme of the International Year of Light 2015 and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). The premier performance will coincide with the opening of World Space Week, on Oct. 3rd, 2015.

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«SkyLight» has its roots in the European Commission’s Comenius Project “Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching (CREAT-IT)”, which is coordinated by Stord\Haugesund University College, in collaboration with additional international creative learning projects.  During 2015, as part of “SkyLight”, students from schools in 30 countries within the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), Global Hands on Universe (GHOU), Lunar Mission One, and leading cultural institutions, are working together to create and simultaneously perform a Science Opera inspired by Cosmic Light with the support of real-time technological cooperation, providing a platform for creative science learning around the globe as well as cross-border friendship and cooperation. The premier performance will coincide with the opening of World Space Week, on Oct. 3rd, 2015. You can watch it live online here.

Additional performances are scheduled at festivals in Denmark, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand and Japan.

About Stord\Haugesund University College

Based in the midst of the Norwegian Fjords at Haugesund/Stord campuses, HSH accomodates 3000 students and 250 staff members. The college is divided into 3 faculties: Faculty of Teacher and Cultural Education; Faculty of Technology, Business, and Maritime Education; Faculty of Health Education

Its Faculty of Teacher and Cultural Education coordinates the EU Comenius Multilateral project “Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching (CREAT-IT)”, the „SkyLight – a Global Science Opera“ initiative, and is a partner in the newly-funded H2020\SWAFS project „CREATIONS“, alongside a varied portfolio of R&D projects in various educational fields. In recent years HSH has developed a cooperation with the EU R&D unit based at the University of Stavanger, a joint initiative between the University of Stavanger (UiS), International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), Stavanger Hospital University (SUS) and HSH.

Website: www.hsh.no

About IAU IYL 2015 Cosmic Light Programme

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recognize the importance of light for astronomy and supports that technology in the achievement of greater energy efficiency, in particular by limiting energy waste, and in the reduction of light pollution, which is key to the preservation of dark skies. The IAU is therefore a supporter of the IYL 2015.

The IAU IYL 2015 Cosmic Light Programme Cornerstone Projects are: Cosmic Light Awareness, Light: Beyond the Bulb and Galileoscope.

For more information please visit the IAU 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

Oded Ben-Horin
SkyLight Opera Coordinator
oded.ben@hsh.no

Andrea Volbers
EU project adviser
andrea.volbers@hsh.no

Sze-leung Cheung
International Astronomical Union
cheungszeleung@iau.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