International Symposium on Light and Life to Celebrate IYL 2015 in Pakistan

A three-day International Symposium on ‘Light and Life’ is being organized at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) on Islamabad, Pakistan, from 14 to 16 October 2015 to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). This event is intended to provide a platform for discussing advancements in the study of light and light-based technologies, and its role in sustaining and enhancing the quality of life on this planet.


The Symposium will consist of plenary sessions, invited and contributed talks, poster/ workshop sessions and an exhibition. Renowned scientists and experts on light and light-based technologies from all over the world are expected to contribute to the symposium.

The main topics of the Symposium are:

  • Light Detection & Harvesting
  • Light Emitting Devices
  • Light-Matter Interactions
  • Light-based Technologies
  • Light and Health
  • Cosmic Light
  • Light in Art, Culture & Society
  • Photochemistry & Photobiology
  • Optoelectronics & Photonics
  • Imaging Science
  • Quantum Informatics

Among the list of Speakers we found:

Ahmer Naveed (CIIT, Pakistan); Andrea Goldoni (Elettra, Italy); Arshad S. Bhatti (CIIT, Pakistan); Ezeddin Mohajerani (SBU, Iran); Gregory John Tallents (UoY, UK); Hakan Altan (METU, Turkey);
 Hani Elsayed-Ali (ODU, USA);
 Ian Ferguson (Missouri S&T, USA); M. Khizar Bhutta (Whirlpool, USA); M. Aslam Baig (NCP, Pakistan); M. Aslam Khan (CIIT, Pakistan);
 M. Yasin Akhtar Raja (UNC, USA); Maria Allegrini (E.Fermi, Italy); Masroor Ikram (PIEAS, Pakistan); Mushtaq Ahmed (NILOP, Pakistan); Nabeel Riza (UCC, Ireland);
 Sabieh Anwar (LUMS, Pakistan); Sajid Qamar (CIIT, Pakistan);
 S.H. Khan (COMSTECH, Pakistan); S. M. J. Akhtar (PAEC, Pakistan); Wolfgang Sandner (ELI, Germany); Xiangang Luo (CAS, China);
 Zahid Hussain (LBNL, USA); 
Zahid Yaqoob (MIT, USA).

The Conference is organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), and 
the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

For more information please visit the Symposium 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.


Majid Khan
Director InternationalAffairs COMSATS

Muhammad Aslam Baig
IYL 2015 National Contact for Pakistan

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