Mérida will Shine during the IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) celebrates its closure in Mérida, Mexico, on 4-6 February 2016. As a parallel celebration, there will be many activities for the general public around the city on 2-6 February including a cultural programme with international artists, an outstanding outreach programme including two talks by Nobel Prize Laureates John Mather and Shuji Nakamura and the International Year of Light Film Festival that comprises videos/documentaries that have been inspired by IYL 2015.

Cultural Programme

The cultural programme will take place in different spaces of Mérida. Alongside the academic programme, it will be testimony to an intense year in which different public had the opportunity to get acquainted with light, optics, photonics; in which we learned more about the effects of light and our vital relation with it, about the circadian cycles that in so many ways determine our lives, about the life of plants on which we ourselves depend and which would be impossible without light. Both local and international artists will take part in the cultural programme, which will include gigantic light alebrijes walking through the streets of the city and works by artists reflecting about the phenomenon of light, urban light projects.

For more information on the cultural programme visit the following link.

Outreach Programme

From 2 to 6 February prominent researchers and internationally renowned communicators will give informative conferences in high schools and universities all over Mérida. Most notably, the Nobel Prize Laureates John Mather and Shuji Nakamura will give a public lecture on February 4th and February 5th, respectively. The lectures will start at 5pm and they will be organized at the Sala Mayamax at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.

The outreach festival will also include scientific hands-on activities about light comprising science workshops, games, puppet theater, and scientific theater. These activities are aimed to promote a scientific culture in society at large and will be held at Edificio Central of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) and the Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, from the same university, located in downtown Mérida.

On 4-5 February there will be also astronomical observations at the Parque Animaya open to the general public.

Find more information about the outreach programme here.

International Year of Light Film Festival

During the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), many people worldwide have decided to celebrate light and the IYL 2015’s themes and goals by creating videos documenting IYL 2015 anniversaries, physics phenomena related to light or just IYL 2015 activities. With this festival we would like to offer a glimpse of what has been produced around the world, and pay homage to the creators of the videos.

The programme includes 68 videos/documentaries from 18 different countries comprising acclaimed productions inspired by IYL 2015 such as Einstein’s Light produced or 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham.

The Film Festival will be celebrated on 3-5 February at the Cinema Siglo XXI at the Centro de Convenciones Yucatán Siglo XXI.

For more information on the festival’s programme please visit the International Year of Light Film Festival 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.


IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony Organizing Committee

Romeo de Coss
IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony Outreach Programme Coordinator

Jorge Rivero González
IYL 2015 Film Festival 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