Organizes YouTube Contest to Celebrate the International Year of Light

Starting from Summer 2015, invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies by participating in a YouTube video contest. Together, we discover the different roles that light plays in our scientific lives and what it reveals about the nature of the universe.


Your favourite YouTube videos on all subjects of light and light technology and for all ages are welcome for consideration for one of the following categories: Daily Life; Science Fiction; Scientific Instrumentation; Tutorial.

Light is one of the most essential nature phenomena in both our daily and scientific life. The Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry 2014 were awarded for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy and for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes. Not only the Nobel committee but also YouTube plays an important role for distributing scientific knowledge to a broad audience. To connect researchers all over the globe, shares a variety of information of those technologies and media content.

The video contest is open from August for submissions and ends on December 31, 2015. The best YouTube videos will be chosen by our audience, including scientists as well as other interested people. For more information on the submission process please visit the video contest website.

About draws scientists` attention to things that matter. Every day, our volunteers scour the web to find compelling and meaningful information on scientific instruments and play with ideas that reward you deeply for the time you spend with us.

As scientists spend considerable time with searching and comparing research equipment, we focus on content that educates and inspires while being rich, compelling - and sometimes entertaining and enlightening.

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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.


Larisa Arena
Volunteer Coordinator Chemistry

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