“Ibn Al Haytham” International Working Group to coordinate the IYL 2015 program "Contribution of Muslim and Arab Scholars to optics"

The international steering committee of IYL 2015 is delighted to announce the setting-up of an International Working Group (IWG) “Ibn Al Haytham” to highlight the optics contributions of Arab scholars in the Islamic golden age, in particular the work of Ibn Al Haytham (Alhazen).


This WG includes leading optics and photonics scientists from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia as well as history and philosophy of science scholars.

The group is particularly delighted to have a local contact in Iraq, the native country of Al-Hassen Ibn Al Haytham.

The main objective of this IWG is to determine the best ways to celebrate the contribution of Ibn Al Haytham and Arab Scholars to optics. A common international vision of the contribution of Arab Scholars can be suggested and managed by the working group under the guidance of the international steering committee.

The IWG can, therefore, suggest specific sessions devoted to the contribution of Arab Scholars to be included in domestic programs. In addition, the WG will suggest and organize prominent regional events as well as produce materials related to the contributions of Arab scholars to optics in the Islamic golden age.

Composition of the International Working Group “Ibn Al Haytham”

Prof. Mohamed Abdel Harith
National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science, Former Dean of Cairo University,  Al Hazen OSA Egyptian local section,  (Egypt)

Dr. Marie Abboud
Former Head of Physics Department, Saint Joseph Univeristy, UNESCO-L'OREAL "For Women In Science" Award 2009 (Lebanon)

Prof. Ali Al-Kamli
Vice Rector for Academic Development and Chair of Physics Department, Jazan University (Saudi Arabia)

Prof. Ali Al Mashat
Air and Space Academy, Former Ambassador and Representative (Permanent Delegate) of Iraq to UNESCO

Dr. Moza M. Al-Rabban
Chair of the Board of Directors, Arab Scientific Community Organization ArSCO (Qatar)

Prof. Selçuk Aktürk
Istanbul Technical University (Turkey)

Prof. S.M. Razaullah Ansari
Former Professor of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Founder-President IUHPS Commission for History of Ancient and Medieval Astronomy (2001-2005, 2005-2009), Member of Research Projects of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (India)

Prof. Zhora Ben Lakhdar
UNESCO LOREAL “For Women in Science” Award 2005 (Tunisia)

Prof. Mohamed Baghdadi
Former Director of Theoretical Physics, University Rabat (Morocco)

Prof. M. Aslam Baig
Distinguished National Professor, National Center for Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan)

Dr. Osman Benchikh
Chief of Section “Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering”at UNESCO

Dr. Denis Bernard
Light and arts, Graphic design (France)

Prof. Azzedine Boudrioua
Head of PON group LPL, Chair of Photonics Network Nour 21, Member of the French Optical Society Board, University Paris 13 (France)

Prof. Nurdogan Can
Physics Department, Jazan University (Saudi Arabia)

Prof. Majed Chergui
EPFL, Head of Lab. of Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Editor-in-chief, ”Structural Dynamics“ (Switzerland)

Prof. John Dudley
Chair of IYL 2015 Steering Committee, President of the European Physical Society

Prof. Hossein Masoumi Hamedani
President of the Group "Science Studies" Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Iran Institute of Philosophy (Iran)

Prof. Zianuriah Hassan
Director CRI Natural Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, (Malaysia)

Prof. Riad Hidour
Polytechnic School, ONERA, Treasurer of the French Optical Society  (France)

Dr. Zahid Husain Khan
Former Professor Department of Physics and Honorary Advisor, Jamia Millia Islamia - Central University, New Delhi (India)

Dr. Ausama I. Khudiar
Center of  Applied Physics Research, Directorate of  Materials Research, Ministry of Science and Technology (Iraq)

Prof. Omar Lamrous
Chair of Algerian Optical and Photonics Society (Algeria)

Prof. Nouredine Melikichi
Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Delaware University, NASA program member (USA)

Dr. Mohammed Dhafer Al-Amri
National Centre for Applied Physics (NCAP)
King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) (Saudi Arabia)

Dr. Ali Ibrahim Moussa
Dammam Community College, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

Dr. Maciej J. Nalecz
Director, Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector

Dr. Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
Assistant Programme Specialist, Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector

Prof. Roshdi Rashed
Leading Scientist and Author of many books of history of Arab sciences, CNRS (France)

Prof. Bahaa E. A. Saleh
Dean of CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics Florida (USA)

Prof. Abderrahmane Tedjeddine
Former Director of LURE, Former vice Director of CNRS in charge of big Infrastructures for Chemistry and life science, CNRS (France)

Prof. Habib Tajalli
University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran)

Prof. Majid Taki
Univ. Lille 1 (France)

Prof. Amadou Wagué
Director Laser and Atomic Physics Center, University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar (Senegal)

Prof. Mourad Zghal
Chair of Tunisian Optical Society (Tunisia)

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.


Azzedine Boudrioua
Coordinator of the WG Ibn Al Haytham

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

Maciej J. Nalecz
Director, Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building
UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector

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