Legal Notices

Online Privacy Policy

As a visitor to, we collect standard internet log information and you are offered opportunities to participate in the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).  These opportunities could include announcements and newsletters from the IYL2015 Secretariat hosted at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, or its partners.  In order to provide the information or service that you may have requested, and in order to help us keep in contact with you and to place you in contact with appropriate IYL2015 partners, you may be requested to provide us with personal information.

Of course, many areas of this website can be accessed without providing any personal information.  Where personally identifiable information is requested through the website, the IYL2015 Secretariat will explain on the website and how it will be used.  Any personal information you submit is saved and processed exclusively within the scope of the relationship between you and the IYL2015 Secretariat.  Any personally identifiable information that you submit will be processed in accordance with applicable legislation and your personal details will only be used to: provide the information/service that you have requested; allow IYL2015 partners to provide the information/service that you have requested; allow third parties to carry out or develop services in the frame of IYL2015; and/or for other closely related purposes.

This website contains links to and from third-party websites. This privacy policy does not cover the links within this website which link to other websites.  You are encouraged to read the privacy statements on these third-party websites before you submit personal data via these websites.

Any queries, comments or suggestions relating to the way the IYL2015 Secretariat collects data or uses personal information should be sent to

Please note that this privacy policy was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind and does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of the IYL2015 Secretariat’s collection and use of data or personal information.  If further information is needed regarding privacy policy regarding the collection and use of data or personal information, please email the IYL2015 Secretariat directly at


The material contained in this website is for general information purposes only.  Neither the IYL2015 Secretariat nor its IYL2015 partners make any warranties or representations about the accuracy, completeness or suitability (for any purpose) of the website’s content.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither the IYL2015 Secretariat nor its IYL2015  partners accept responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained in this website.

Copyright terms

You may use the material in this website for personal non-commercial use only. You may not otherwise download or copy, reproduce, store in any medium (including any other website), distribute, transmit, re-transmit, modify or show in public any part of the website without the IYL2015 Secretariat’s prior consent.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work (or work more efficiently). Cookies are also used to provide information to the owners of the website. The content of a cookie can only be read by the website which created the cookie. This means that the content of the cookies generated by * cannot be read by a website having a different domain name.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse and also allows us to improve our website.

We use the following cookies on our website: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies - these are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies – these are cookies that allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

First-party cookies are cookies that are placed on your computer by this site. In the table below, we've listed the first-party cookies that we use, their name, their purpose and where you can find more information about each cookie.





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Managing Cookies

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