Do you have an interesting story related to light that you would like to share worldwide?
If you are a scientist, a science writer, a light designer or just someone interested in light and you have a fascinating story related to light or its application, you can also be part of the International Year of Light by contributing to the IYL2015 blog.
If you have an interesting idea for a blog post, please send a small pitch (100-150 words max.) to our editorial team and we will review it first and provide feedback.
We are planning to publish as many posts as possible during 2015 and prepare a publication in 2016 with all the blog posts to submit to UNESCO and the UN as part of the Final Report on the International Year. This is a truly unique chance to be part of a one-of-a-kind publication.
Looking forward to reading your stories!
Interpreting our universe can be difficult, but science, philosophy and culture can together play a huge part in explaining our place within it. The Story of Light (SOL) festival – that will take place in Goa, India on 14-18 January 2015 – has been conceived under the framework of IYL 2015, to celebrate life and the universe, and is championed by collaborations between artists and scientists. The festival has three main goals: to increase public awareness of quantum physics and our universe; to spur new philosophical perspectives on the nature of reality; and to encourage society to ponder light technologies for sustained development.
Code as communication. Credits: Gene Kogan
As you are turning on the bedside light and are about to read a story to your children, tell them that in many parts of the world, millions and millions of children their age live with no electricity and with no electric light. Tell your children that most of these children spend the evening with the dim light of an open fire, a candle, a kerosene lamp or a flashlight. Tell your children that because of the very poor lighting, these children are really not able to do any school work or read a book at night.
It is estimated that 1.3 billion people worldwide have no direct access to electricity and no electric light. Instead, they resort to candles, kerosene lamps, or flashlights. Kerosene generates noxious fumes that are harmful to health. Indoor pollution from the fumes can cause many respiratory issues such as asthma and bronchitis and the accidental ingestion of kerosene can lead to poisoning and even death. Candles and kerosene lamps are also prone to causing dangerous body burns and triggering house fires that, in crowded areas, can devastate entire communities. In addition, candles and kerosene lamps give light that is very dim, only one hundredth to one tenth of the standards recommended to accommodate many tasks and to allow for reading.