Launch of the IYL 2015 Final Report on 3 October 2016

The Final Report of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be delivered to UNESCO leadership at a special half-day event to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on Monday 3 October 2016.

IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony.
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IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony.

The IYL 2015 has been a tremendously successful global initiative with thousands of events reaching millions of people worldwide. United by the interdisciplinary theme of light, IYL 2015 has brought together a diverse range of participants along with UNESCO, all committed to raising awareness of how light science and technology provide solutions to the many challenges facing the world today.

The event will consist of an overview summarizing key facts and figures of the International Year, followed by a series of short speeches from a selection of IYL 2015 partners. Finally, the IYL 2015 Final Report will be officially delivered to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Flavia Schlegel. For more information, see the programme below.

Participation at the event is free but invitations are limited and therefore registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend the event, please contact jorge.rivero@eps.org as soon as possible to provide further details on the registration process.

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

Jorge Rivero González
IYL 2015 Outreach Officer
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
jorge.rivero@eps.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