The year of 2015, chosen to stage the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, coincided with many anniversaries regarding history of the science of light and one of these was Fresnel’s Wave Theory of Light. Quite frankly there could be an anniversary for Fresnel each year for the next six years to celebrate one of his many achievements, each one equal to the magnitude of and stems from his wave theory.
The Student Optics Chapter, or SOCk, at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona put on its fifth annual Laser Fun Day this year in conjunction with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This is our largest outreach event every year, and we had a record attendance this time, between 1200 and 1400 people. We invited the entire Tucson community by sending out hundreds of flyers to the schools and other educational organizations.
At the Light Painting World Alliance website, you’ll find the phrase “Night is Canvas”. Night is no ordinary word for me, I suffer from night blindness. It’s a powerful, often frightening word, separating me from the able bodied, putting me in the folder labelled “Unable”- legally blind, asking for help to cross the street. Night, and its draining, light-less hardships, needn’t be only that. After all, the other part, “canvas” is what matters more in the end.
Skyglow is the halo-like artificial illumination of the night sky above towns and cities. It’s also the name of a major new study into light pollution in the UK by Hillarys. Using satellite images taken between 1992 and 2014, Skyglow shows how the UK’s night-time skies have changed. The research charts a 28% decrease in light pollution*, with falls in every region – and projects this data into the future. You can see the interactive satellite imagery and full study on the Skyglow project page. Or keep reading to find out the story behind the story.
Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 27 April – 3 May. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.
- Zenithal Sun Day (Guatemala City, Guatemala) | 27-30 April
- LumineSciences (Charleroi, Belgium) | 27 April – 28 December
- 17th Series of Conferences in Physical Engineering (Medellín, Colombia) | 27 April
- Light; Origin and Future of Life (Helwan, Cairo, Egypt) | 27 April
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Luqa, Malta) | 27 April – 1 May
- How to be brilliant: with Neil Knowles (London, United Kingdom) | 28 April
- Applied Photonics: Processing Materials with Lasers (Buchs, Switzerland) | 28 April
- Architecture with a Shine of its Own (A Coruña, Spain) | 28 April
- You need chaos in your soul to generate a dancing star (Mentana, Italy) | 28-29 April
- Light and color between Art and Science (Carrara, Italy) | 28 April
- Flights of fancy (Pavia, Italy) | 28 April
- Brain Game (Graz, Austria) | 28 April
- The global energy challenge: Solutions from science and technology (Uppsala, Sweden) | 29 April
- LITESPIRE (Kolkata, India) | 29 April – 29 May
- Let there be light! (Graz, Austria) | 29 April
- Discreete charm of the Laser (Frascati, Italy) | 29 April
- International Year of Light (IYL) Seminar Series at EEE NTU (Singapore) | 29 April
- 12th Annual ILA Conference on therapeutic applications of light (Tallinn, Estonia) | 30 April – 3 May
- Light and Life (Pavia, Italy) | 30 April
- The Light Project – Capturing Light (London, United Kingdom) | 30 April
- Light and Light-based Technologies in Social and Economic Progress (Banjul, Gambia) | 30 April
- Society of Light and Lighting Masterclass (Bristol, United Kingdom) | 30 April
- Shining a Light on Development (Cork county, Ireland) | 1 May – 31 December
- Fridolins Exploratorium (Graz, Austria) | 1-29 May
- First Light (London, United Kingdom) | 1 May – 31 December
- Campaign for Brightness Measurement of Night Sky (Seoul and other cities, Republic of Korea) | 1 May – 31 August
- iQuiz 2015 on Science during the Golden Age (Hyderabad, India) | 1 May – 30 September
- Kids Solar Energy Competition (Lagos, Nigeria) | 1 May – 31 July
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Burgess Hill, United Kingdom) | 1 May – 31 July
- Light: Beyond the Bulb sponsored by SPIE (Mangalore, India) | 1 May – 15 September
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Carmel, IN, United States) | 1-31 May
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Irvine, CA, United States) | 1-8 May
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Guanajuato, Mexico) | 1-8 May
- Drama on the Evolution of Light and Light-based Technologies (Banjul, Gambia) | 1 May
- Some like Dark (London, United Kingdom) | 1-4 May
- The 2nd International Conference of Engineering Sciences for Biology and Medicine (ESBM2015) (Monastir, Tunisia) | 1-3 May
- Light: Beyond the Bulb (Bowling Green, KY, United States) | 2-30 May
- Universal Light & delight (Suffolk, United Kingdom) | 3 May
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.