International Year of Light at IEEE AFRICON 2015 Conference in Ethiopia

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will hold a special workshop as part of IEEE AFRICON 2015, the IEEE's flagship conference of the African continent which provides a platform for academics and industry professionals worldwide to share ideas and present their latest research. IEEE AFRICON 2015 will be held on the historic UNECA Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, from 14-17 September 2015. The theme of IEEE AFRICON 2015 is "Green Innovation For African Renaissance" and the event features a comprehensive technical program with distinguished keynote speakers.


The special workshop on the International Year of Light will discuss specifically how light-based technology can be used as an effective lever for green innovation, with topics covered including  the major challenges of photonics in Africa, the economic importance of light-based technologies for the continent, and to identify the actions on the national and regional levels that can enhance investment in education and research, and that can facilitate entrepreneurship. 
Please see for details on registration and key dates. 

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.


Yanne Chembo
African Physical Society (Cameroon) and CNRS (France) 

Andrew Forbes
University of Witwatersrand and CSIR-National Laser Centre
South Africa

Fisseha Mekuria
General Chair IEEE Africon2015 Conference

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