Elsevier Organizes Video Contest to Celebrate the International Year of Light

Elsevier invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) by participating in a video contest to raise awareness on the role that light plays in our daily lives.

Light is one of the essential disciplines of this century. The 2014 Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry were awarded to scientists who work in the fields of light sciences and light-related technologies, and Elsevier has a wide array of journals in Optics & Astronomy, which cover light in the broadest sense.

To connect researchers with the International Year of Light, Elsevier will hold activities throughout the year as part of the Elsevier Lightens Your Research initiative

Light and light band technologies play a vital role in our daily lives. What role does light play in your life? Participate in Elsevier’s video contest and shed your light on this topic. Create your own video and show everyone - creatively, with a visual demonstration - how important light is in your daily life.

You can submit your video entries here. The deadline for entries is Wednesday April 1, 2015, 23:59:59 p.m. GMT. The two best videos each win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Tablet.

Let your light shine on the importance of light in your daily life and submit your video.

For more information, please visit the 2015 Elsevier Lightens Your Research Video Contest

About Elsevier

Elsevier is the world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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.


Mareike Gutschner
Marketing Communications Manager, Physics

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