On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).
Why is this important? By making the proclamation that 2015 will be recognized as the International Year of Light, the United Nations has essentially recognized the importance of raising world-wide awareness of the role of light-based technologies in sustainable development.
New approaches to lighting can provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives, and light science cross-cuts almost every scientific discipline in the 21st century.
The activities of IYL 2015 will be structured around four broad thematic subject areas containing elements of sustainability, education and history:
- Science of Light
- Light Technology
- Light in Nature
- Light and Culture
Read more in this message from the President of the European Physical Society that explains more about each theme.
IYL 2015 will bring together many stakeholders including UNESCO, scientific societies and unions, educational and research institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector professionals to promote and celebrate the significance of light and its applications during 2015.
Photo credits: Robert Gutmann, Timo Frey, Natascha Micieli – University of Applied Sciences Offenburg