Call to Action: Cosmic Light Edu kit Workshops

In the framework of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) and the Cosmic Light programme organised by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the IAU seed-funded Cosmic Light EDU kit team invites science educators around the world to implement workshops in their communities. Local organisers will receive tailored virtual and physical support from an international team of experts to train educators and bring the science of cosmic light to the classroom.


One of the efforts spearheaded by the IAU under the framework of IYL 2015 is the Cosmic Light EDU kit, which comprises a virtual kit with many activities, tools and other resources on the topic of the science of light. This kit will feature continued support for teaching communities around the world, and a special component designed for children with visual impairments will also be incorporated.

The Cosmic Light EDU kit team invites science educators around the world to organise workshops locally in the framework of IYL 2015. Organisers will receive a packet with Cosmic Light goodies, guidance on organising workshops, support with evaluation and information on the availability of a panel of experts to speak at the workshops via Skype or Hangout on Air about various topics. The workshops will be tailored training sessions for educators aiming to bring cutting-edge topics to their classrooms. Light for education is the vision for this unique opportunity where expertise from diverse areas will be provided virtually through the team, training the participants hands-on and minds-on in the kit materials and activities.

Apply by 15 June 2015 through the online form here.

About IAU IYL 2015 Cosmic Light Programme

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recognize the importance of light for astronomy and supports that technology in the achievement of greater energy efficiency, in particular by limiting energy waste, and in the reduction of light pollution, which is key to the preservation of dark skies. The IAU is therefore a supporter of the IYL 2015.

The IAU IYL 2015 Cosmic Light Programme Cornerstone Projects are: Cosmic Light Awareness, Light: Beyond the Bulb and Galileoscope.

For more information please visit the IAU website.

About NĂșcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO)

NUCLIO is a non-profit organisation created by professional astronomers with the goal of promoting science outreach and education. NUCLIO coordinates the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), one of the largest teacher training movements in the world with more than 100 countries participating. Since it was established, the organisation has reached over 10 000 students directly and 2000 teachers at a national level. In Portugal NUCLIO is responsible for iconic international educational projects such as the International Asteroid Search Campaign, Universe Awareness, Astronomers Without Borders and Dark Sky Rangers.

For more information please visit the NUCLIO 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 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.


Thilina Heenatigala
Press Officer
NUCLIO Portugal

Rosa Doran
President of the Excutive Council

Sze-leung Cheung
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach

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