Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 in Mongolia

On March 31 2015, the opening ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) in Mongolia was formally held in the National University of Mongolia in the Ulaanbaatar city. The ceremony was attended by researchers from light related fields, professors, teachers, students, specialists and people who were interested in science.


The event was opened with addresses from Mr Gundegmaa Jargalsaikhan (General Secretary, Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO) and Dr. R. Bat-Erdene (President of the National University of Mongolia).

Dr. Tsolmon Renchin, the head of the Space Science Laboratory, National University of Mongolia and  IYL 2015 National Contact Point gave a lecture about the IYL 2015 and its importance to society and sustainable development. Dr. Renchin also talked about the wonders of cosmic light in her presentation. In addition, she highlighted the major IYL 2015 events and activities to be coordinated in Mongolia during the IYL 2015.


D. Amartuvshin, one of National University of Mongolia’s best students, introduced his invention “LED Technology and Smart Light via using the light ” during the ceremony.

Another highlight of the opening ceremony was a star-party for the general public. There were several presentations on cosmic light and proper use lights for society and environment protection. Public from all ages had the opportunity to observe the sky thanks to a clear night.

For more information visit the National University of Mongolia 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 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.


Tsolmon Renchin
IYL 2015 Mongolian National Contact

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015