Mobilization for the Day of Photonics on 21 October 2014

21 October 2014 is the DAY OF PHOTONICS, where companies, research organizations, and organizations involved in photonics will reach out to their communities to raise awareness about what is photonics and why it is important.

21 October is the DAY OF PHOTONICS: every company, university, school, association and organization is invited to participate and organize an activity!

The DAY OF PHOTONICS is an annual event that promotes "photonics" towards the general public. This year’s event is being held on the 31st anniversary of the adoption of the current speed of light value by the General Conference of Weights and Measures and its timing is also chosen to create public and industry awareness of the upcoming plans for the International Year of Light 2015.

The idea behind DAY OF PHOTONICS is to mobilize industries and other partners to run a public awareness campaign about photonics.  This can be done in many ways.  One way will be to invite people outside of your organization into your company or institute to discuss the role of your products/technologies/activities in the various fields of photonics.  Even easier to organize and perhaps more directly relevant to your own objectives may be a discussion on how your own activities and objectives are positioned in the broader photonics area.  Other possibilities include organizing a family day, staff drink, visiting a school and tell them about photonics, invite suppliers/customers, or any other practical idea that you think will have impact.

Every company, university, school, association, organization is invited to participate and organize an activity!

To make organization even easier, a pre-prepared set of slides that you can use has been prepared by EPIC and these are downloadable here: Photonics-examples

The 2014 DAY OF PHOTONICS is managed by EPIC, a not-for-profit industry association who is a GOLD Associate partner of the International Year of Light.  Participation is of course open to all, and feedback from the DAY OF PHOTONICS will be invaluable in allowing us to improve International Year of Light plans for 2015. 

After the event, please let us know what you have done by sending a report and ideally a photo to the EPC Director-General

You can get more information and see events already planned at the link:

About EPIC

The European Photonics Industry Consortium is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, coordinates EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.

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