Duke of York Declared IYL2015 Patron

Well, we have our first big piece of news to announce about IYL2015 in the UK – The Duke of York has agreed to become our patron! The Duke of York is Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II and a longstanding supporter of UK science and technology.

This is really great news for us. We can be sure of getting some sound and sensible advice from the Duke about the kind of activities we are planning for IYL2015, based on his own wide experience. We hope he will get involved in a number of events around the UK during the Year. And his support will undoubtedly raise the profile of the Year in the media, and with all the other stakeholders that we hope will participate in IYL2015.

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Light Enables Tomorrow’s Technologies

Living in a high-tech world, we don’t always stop to think about what enables us to video chat across the globe, detect cancer or even play an interactive video game. In all of these cases, a key enabler is photonics—applying light (photons) to advance technologies.

The Optical Society (OSA) has been a leader in the science of light for almost 100 years. As we approach the International Year of Light, our members are well positioned to create awareness of the importance light and light-based technologies. As a founding partner of IYL2015, OSA supports the IYL goal of “highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures and for the development of society.”

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Photonics is a Player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

At the FIFA World Cup, 800 players and their coaches are responsible for showcasing the “Beautiful Game” to the world – the clever tactics, the graceful moves, the spectacular strikes.

Behind the scenes, however, the field of photonics has been a most valuable player in the development and ever-increasing popularity of the sport, contributing to lighting technology, image transmission, photography, and even art.

With the shifting of kickoff times into the evening hours, the world of sports — and of football in particular — entered a new dimension, both in an aesthetic and an economic sense. The latest in floodlighting technology has been installed in sports arenas, with photonics playing a crucial role.
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