Organising a National IYL 2015 Programme

With just seven months to go till the start of the International Year of Light, I am sure that people all over the world have already begun the countdown to January 2015.

In the UK, we are forming a national committee with a series of different working groups to bring together all the different organisations who want to celebrate IYL2015. They represent a very wide spectrum of interests from astronomy, science and education to industry, healthcare, lighting, arts and entertainment. Apart from its wider objectives, the Year of Light will be a wonderful opportunity to break down some of the barriers between different branches of science and technology, and between science and the wider community of arts and culture.

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You’re Invited to Join the International Year of Light

I am delighted to have been asked to write the opening post for the official blog of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

Hopefully most readers will be aware by now that the United Nations (UN) General Assembly formally proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) on the 20th of December 2013.  The proclamation followed over four years of hard work by volunteers and society staff worldwide, and has now given us the green light to accelerate and plan a fantastic year of activities throughout 2015.

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