Thousands of people celebrate IYL 2015 in the Franche-Comté Region in France

On 8-11 October 2015 over 13,000 people celebrated the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) in the Franche-Comté region (France) thanks to an event from the LUX! Programme organized by the University of Franche-Comté and the CNRS FEMTO-ST Institute. The event was part of the French National Science Festival 2015.


LUX! is a French regional programme during the IYL 2015 bringing together scientists, young people and the general public in order to promote new opportunities to discover the different fields related to light. Since the beginning of 2015, LUX! has involved more than fifty partners and has organized as many activities for school children, students and the general public, with the particularity to bridge arts and sciences through initiatives such as labs tours, practical workshops, cross-residencies of artists and researchers and exhibitions.

During the French national science festival, LUX! celebrated the spirit of research, creation and sharing of knowledge with a broad programme including: scientific experiments, performances, installations, concerts, lectures, guided tours and a “light ride” with bycycles. These four days were dedicated to share knowledge and conviviality under the umbrella of the IYL 2015 bringing together 13,000 people that participated on the LUX! activities.


On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October, the activities were dedicated to school visits and the site hosted 3,500 students. They participated on a great variety of activities comprising hands-on activities, science quizzes, workshops, laser drawing activities, lectures and interactive courses and many more activities.

The site was opened to the general public on October 9th afternoon for an inauguration with music and light performances, and was visited by 9,500 persons over the weekend.

The event was part of the French National Science Festival 2015 where over 1,300 science outreach activities were organized all over the country.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in France, please visit the French IYL 2015 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.


Maxime Jacquot
FEMTO-ST Institute

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