Practical Information

The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 19-20 January 2015.

The Opening Ceremony will introduce all the key themes of the year, and will aim to inspire activities and events worldwide for the following 12 months. After high-level opening addresses by international political leaders and diplomats, a series of keynote lectures, symposia and round-tables will cover areas of basic science, innovative lighting solutions for society, light pollution, emerging trends in photonics, the Einstein Centenary, the role of light-based technologies in addressing global challenges, light in art and culture, the history of science, and science policy. 

Participation on the Opening Ceremony is by invitation only.

Please find practical information about the Opening Ceremony on the following pages.

For more information on the Programme please click here.

For more information on the Exhibition please click here.

For more information on the Venue please click here.

For more information on Accommodation please click here.

For any further question please contact the IYL2015 Global Secretariat at