Around October 2014 when I started taking care of the IYL 2015 blog, I was really excited to take this task. I wanted that the blog became a platform where members of different communities were able to share their different perspectives, both with each other but also with the wider public.
To this day, we have published 312 posts in 2015, covering major topics and themes of IYL 2015. During the year, the blog has received over 130,000 visitors from 204 countries, amounting to around 215,000 views . Soon, we will talk a bit more about statistics and the experience of managing an international volunteer initiative such as this blog.
I would like to thank all the contributors that have generously taken their time to provide a written record of their own involvement with light science and technology, or their particular involvement with the International Year of Light.
The blog will still be open until the IYL 2015 Closing Ceremony on 4-6 February 2016. Stay tuned for more surprises during January.
The first one is the first part of a list of posts I would like to highlight from 2015. You can find the list below.
The beginnings of the International Year of Light! by John Dudley
Seeing the Light by Martin Aufmuth
Light and vision: between an object and a subject by Alessandro Farini
New Light though and old hole by Justin Quinell
Changing how we Recruit Photonics Technicians and Engineers by Carolyn Hulla-Meyer
Light in Architecture by Victor Palacio
Searching for Schrödinger’s cat – How to turn photon quantum entanglement into a choreography by Margherita Cappelletto and Chiara Vitelli
Astronomers travel in time and space with light by John Mather
Light on our origins by Claudio Tuniz
Shining a light on chemical reactions by Rebecca Ingle
Message in the Bottle by Vaqas Butt
Optics in Ancient China by Ling-An Wu, Gui-Lu Long, Qihuang Gong and Guangcan Guo
Optical Communications: Lighting our Way to Development by Kumar N. Sivarajan
Searching for that light of life by Mayte Vasquez
What would Charlie do? by Sona Hosseini
Light speed computing by Ben Skuse
Light and Astrophysics by Ángel R. López-Sánchez
James Clerk Maxwell: Man of Light by Basil Mahon
Solar Eclipse Observations proved that Einstein was right by Stefania Pandolfi
Earth Hour: A story of how the light switch sparked a global movement for change by Sudhanshu Sarronwala
Changing lives with light – Helping children with disfiguring birthmarks by Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran
Tracing History of the Light Art Discipline by Maja Petrić
The Evolution of OLED Technology for Lighting by Michael G. Helander
Light in the cloud: Photonic innovation for data centers by Claire Doggart and Dan-Xia Xu
Ancient Lights by Javier Mejuto, Ricardo Pastrana and David Espinoza
Hubble Telescope 25th Anniversary by Jennifer Wiseman
Night is Canvas by Steven Erra
Fresnel – A life full of achievements by Peter Phillipson
Swiss inspired Student Posters shine a new light on the IYL 2015 by Gabriel Solomons
An electronic oratorio for James Clerk Maxwell by Paul Joseph (PJ) Moore
An Interview below the Stars by Felipe Carrelli
55th anniversary of the laser’s invention by Augusto Beléndez
Six reasons why Photonics and Optics are important for the future! by Abhijeet Phatak
The French Captain’s Discovery – Polarized Light by Bruce Watson
Photonics in Geosciences by Walter Schmidt
Light brings hope: opportunity for development by Kat Harrison
Light: Beyond the Bulb | Exhibiting Light Around the World by Kimberly K. Arcand
Light knocks Physics for a leap — The Photo-electric Effect by Bruce Watson
Our Cosmic Light by Lina Canas
The economic impact of light-based technologies by Mat Wasley
Li-Fi – an enabling technology that can transform our lives by Harald Haas
Jorge Rivero González (@jorgegrivero) was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He is a science communicator working at the European Physical Society (EPS) as the EPS IYL 2015 Outreach Officer. He is also IYL 2015 Press Officer and editor of the IYL 2015 blog. Before that he spent four years living in Munich while he was doing his PhD in Astrophysics at the University Observatory Munich. Since 2009 he is a member of the science outreach programme GalileoMobile.