Day of Optics and Photonics at the University of Jijel in Algeria to celebrate IYL 2015 and Ibn al Haytham’s Optics

To celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) and the contribution of Arab scholars to optics through the centuries, the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Jijel University, located in the East of Algeria, organized a Day of Optics and Photonics in partnership with "Ibn Al Haytham" International Working Group (IWG) and with the support of the Optical and Photonics Algerian Society (OPLAS).


This day was organized on 3 May 2015 with the participation of Ph.D. students of the faculty and managed by Dr. Mahmoud Riad Beghoul. During the opening ceremony, Prof. Mohamed Rachid Mekideche, the dean of the faculty, emphasized the importance of celebrating the IYL 2015 with a special concern about the contribution of Arabs to Optics. Prof. Nouredine Boutaoui, the director of Laboratory LEM of the faculty, indicated the interest of this day of Optics and Photonics for Ph.D. students especially with the recent development of photonics technology. Finally, Prof. Azzedine Boudrioua, the coordinator of Ibn al Haytham International Working Group (IWG), presented the activities of the IWG group and animated a session dedicated to Arab’s Optics with a focus on the contribution of Ibn al Haytham as the father of optics and the scientific method. Moreover, during this event, many Ph.D. students presented several posters related to light and light-based technology.

Arouse interest in this event push university officials to consider organizing a major event during the academic year in October 2015.

Algeria is involved in the celebration of IYL 2015 through many events around the country, starting from the opening ceremony launched last April 11th in Algiers with the major participation of the UNESCO Director General.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in Algeria, please visit the IYL 2015 Algerian National 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.


Mahmoud Riad Beghoul
LEM Jijel University

Omar Lamrous
President of OPALS

Azzedine Boudrioua
Steering Committee Chair
Coordinator of the WG Ibn Al Haytham

Maciej J. Nalecz
Director, Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building
UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector

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