Enter a Science Haiku Competition about the Science of Light

In celebration of The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, RiAus – Australia’s National Science Channel - is inviting Sci-ku entries to reflect the National Science Week theme “Making waves – the science of light”.


Inspired by the Japanese haiku, Sci-ku is a short three-line poem about sciences. Sci-ku is a small, modest and humble poem that depicts the everyday world around us, aiming to give a flash of insight into that world — like a scientific ‘Eureka!’ moment expressed briefly in words.

This is a broad topic, with lots of creative scope. We are looking forward to seeing how you interpret the theme; the only rule is that it must relate to the science of light.

There are three event categories: Primary School, Secondary School, Open (no age limit). The deadline for entries is Sunday 23 August 2015.


  • 1st prize: $200 JB Hi Fi voucher for you to purchase your own e-reader
  • 2nd and 3rd prizes: $100 book gift vouchers
  • Winners of the Primary and Secondary categories will have their poems published in the December / January edition of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, PLUS a one year subscription!

For more details about rules and writing haiku poetry, please download the entry guidelines.

For more information on the completion and instruction on how to submit your sci-ku visit the contest 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.


The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

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