Photonics4All – Discover the Power of Light

Photonics4All reaches out to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public throughout Europe to inspire them with and inform them about Photonics. The project’s unique approach is that it combines the development of new promotional photonics educational tools and their delivery during a wide range of outreach activities with different audiences.

  • Young people are addressed at events like ‘children universities’ with hands-on Photonics experiments, using the ‘Photonics Explorer Kit’ produced by the company EYESTvzw. A Photonics App, Game and Quiz will be developed by the Photonics4All team to provide additional outreach tools to educate young people about photonics. An animated photonics video will be developed and shown to young children and their families at local events and cinemas.
  • Young Entrepreneurs will also be targeted during the project with a number of tools and events produced for them such as; the brochures “Study Photonics!” and “Create a business with Photonics!”; an entrepreneurial boot camp; Photonics workshops, and a ‘Start-up Challenge’.
  • The General Public will also be provided with engaging bookmarks which describe 5 important Photonics applications which benefit our lives, and they will be invited to attend special events like ‘Science Slams’ and photonics campaigns. An “OmniLight Laboratory” is also being designed to inspire large audiences with information about photonics and its practical applications through the use of fascinating demonstrations.

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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.


Nadja Just
Photonics4All Coordinator

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