Today we commemorate the anniversary of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) Opening Ceremony that was held on 19-20 January 2015 at UNESCO-HQ in Paris, France.
Over a thousand participants attended the ceremony to learn about the many ways in which light is making a difference in our daily lives and to exchange ideas on the solutions light-based technologies can provide to current global challenges. The two-day ceremony gathered leading scientists, as well as decision makers, NGO representatives and industry representatives to discuss all aspects of light.
The programme included lectures by five Nobel Prize laureates: Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, William Phillips, Serge Haroche and Zhores Alferov.
You can watch below some highlights from the ceremony.
IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony Summary
Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail: “Light and Life” plenary talk
Nobel Laureate Steven Chu: “Energy and Climate Change — Challenges and Opportunities” plenary talk
Nobel Laureate William D. Phillips: Einstein, Time and Light Plenary Talk
Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche: “Light and the Quantum” plenary talk
Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov: “Efficient Light Conversion and Generation” Plenary Talk