Earlier this year, a simple afternoon drink with friends reminded me how light can be used as a context to teach science, from physics through to biology and chemistry.
The Luces para Aprender (LPA) program is a regional initiative promoted by the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and it was approved in 2011 by the Ministries of Education of the Ibero-American countries at the XIX Ibero-American Conference on education in Asuncion, Paraguay. LPA has been nominated in 2015 among the finalist projects for the WISE awards innovative education projects of the Qatar Foundation.
True 3D visualisation has been theorised about and fantasised over for the past fifty years. Every science-fiction fan, not to mention the scientific community, knows that the best way to make 3D images is using holographic or similar techniques. The term ‘hologram’ is derived from the Greek meaning ‘whole image’. Holograms are able to capture and reproduce both the brightness and direction of light emerging from a 3D object or scene. This is unlike a photograph, which only stores brightness, without a sense of direction, thus yielding a two-dimensional representation.
So, what is holographic 3D? The scientific definition of holography is image creation using the physical principles of diffraction. Most of us are familiar with the notion of reflections off a mirror and the refraction or bending of light in water. Diffraction occurs when light scatters from structures that are the same size or smaller than the light. Diffraction can reproduce both refraction and reflection effects, making it a powerful optical phenomenon.
Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 28 September – 4 October. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.
- 24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS-24) (Curi, Brazil) | 28 September – 2 October
- Connecting to Tomorrow’s Technology (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada) | 28-29 September
- live-broadcast of the lunar eclipse by Offenburg.University (Offenburg Germany) | 28 September
- RSC/ACS Symposium [SCIX 2015] – Analysis with Photons – Laser and Synchrotron Spectroscopy Science and Applications I and II (Providence, Rhode Island, United States) | 28-30 September
- Advanced School/Workshop on Fibre Optics: Light in action from science to technology (Alice, South Africa) | 28 September – 1 October
- Supermoon Debunked (Sydney, Australia) | 28 September
- 3rd Fast-Dot Summer School Photonics Meets Biology (Anissaras, Crete, Greece) | 28 September – 2 October
- DSPE Optics and Optomechatronics Week 2015 (Delft, Netherlands) | 28 September – 2 October
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Curitiba, Brazil) | 28 September – 2 October
- DAE-BRNS National Workshop on Laser Additive Manufacturing and Allied Technologies (LAMAT-2015) (Indore, India) | 28-30 September
- Photomask Technology (Monterey, CA, United States) | 29 September – 1 October
- Scanning Microscopies (Monterey, CA, United States) | 29 September – 1 October
- Man and the Light (Zagreb, Croatia) | 29-30 September
- Project Einstein 2015: An International Conference Celebrating 100 Years of General Relativity (Manila, Philippines) | 29 September – 1 October
- Bend it and Reflect it: School Interactive Workshop (Amman, Jordan) | 29 September – 31 December
- Shining a light on health and well being (Worldwide) | 30 September
- Evening Symposium “Materials 4 Photonics” (Essen, Germany) | 30 September
- Materials 4 Photonics – Young Researcher Symposium (Essen, Germany) | 30 September
- ELENORE 2015 – The All Kerala Intermedicos Festival (Kottayam, Kerala, India) | 30 September – 5 October
- Swiss ePrint 2015 (Neuchâtel, Switzerland) | 30 September – 5 October
- ICIQ Symposium – Lights on Chemistry (Tarragona, Spain) | 1-2 October
- Interdisciplinary Colloquium “Visions of Light” (Colóquio Interdisciplinar “Visões da Luz”) (Coimbra, Portugal) | 1-3 October
- From lamps to… mastrapas. Pottery in the broader area of Trikala from Early Christian to Post Byzantine era (Trikala, Greece) | 1 October – 31 December
- Night of Heritage Light (NoHL) (United Kingdom & Ireland) | 1 October
- Yinchuan Light Festival – Dream of Silk Road & Sparkling Yinchuan (Yinchuan, China) | 1-31 October
- Science Film Festival (Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East) | 1 October – 20 December
- SPIE.FOCUS Armenia: 3rd International Symposium “Optics and its Applications” (Yerevan, Ashtarak, Armenia) | 1-5 October
- International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture (Paris, France) | 1 October -30 September 2016
- Planetarium Program “The Universe observed using light” (Munakata-shi, Japan) | 1 October – 27 December
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Framingham, MA, United States) | 1-31 October
- IALD Chase the Dark (Worldwide) | 1-2 October
- The City of Light event – Jyväskylä (Jyväskylä, Finland) | 1-3 October
- Light from the Baby Universe (Yerevan, Armenia) | 1 October
- LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) | 1 October – 31 December
- Gravitation 2015 (Vienna, Austria) | 1 October – 6 November
- Light based technologies (Hyderabad, india) | 2 October
- Star Festival (Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki, Japan) | 2-12 October
- BergamoScienza2015 (Bergamo Science) 13th edition (Bergamo, Italy) | 2-18 October
- Conflux 11 (Canberra, Australia) | 2-5 October
- LIGHT EXPO: light&design (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia) | 2-18 October
- Making light work for your business (Birmingham, United Kingdom) | 2 October
- MIAAPT Fall 15 Meeting (Interlochen, United States) | 3 October
- PASSAGGI DI LUCE (Venice, Italy) | 3-31 October
- Sky Light – A Science Opera (Perth, Australia) | 3-4 October
- SkyLight – a Global Science Opera (Stord, Norway) | 3 October
- 2nd Symposium of Slovene Society for Photomedicine and Photobiology with international participation (Ljubljana, Slovenia) | 3 October
- Globe at Night (Worldwide) | 3-12 October
- 4th International Frontiers in Neurophotonics Symposium (Quebec, Canada) | 3-6 October
- OPAL 2015 (Algiers, Algeria) | 4-8 October
- International Writers Festival FIE Atacama 2015 Year of Light (Copiapo, Chile) | 4-8 October
- IEEE Photonic Conference (Reston, Virginia, United States) | 4-8 October
- International Symposium on Optical Memory 2015 (Toyama, Japan) | 4-8 October
- Light & Music Competition (Hassan, India) | 4-7 October
Please note that some last-minute additions to the event programme may not appear here. For an up-to-date overview of IYL 2015 events please visit the IYL 2015 Event Programme.
Hundreds of children and their parents attended daytime event at the National Museum of the American Indian in September for hands-on activities and fun — and to learn about light and light technologies.
Earlier this month, as I crunched the crushstone and pounded the pavement on a sticky, late-summer Saturday, the singular thought occurred to me that the day had finally arrived. Nearly an entire year’s worth of preparation, countless contributions by a dizzying number of volunteers, weekly meetings over the phone for months, late night wrangling over last minute details, and it had all come down to this: hundreds of children having fun as their parents and caregivers watched.
As the half-day event called “Wonders of Light: Family Science Fun” was getting started at the National Museum of the American Indian, I was wandering the adjacent promenade, handing out fliers to families. Some of the same families I saw again later that afternoon, participating in the event.