Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 2-8 February. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.
- Celebrating Light (Islamabad, Pakistan) | 2-3 February
- Short term Hands-on-Course on Optical Instruments Technology (Chandigarh, India) | 2-11 February
- Microscopy New Zealand 2015 Conference (Dunedin, New Zealand) | 2-4 February
- Year of LIght (Cork, Ireland) | 2-27 February
- Inventor’s Day 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand) | 2-5 February
- Glimmer of Light (Graz, Austria) | 2 February
- A Bridge between Earth and Space: Preparatory School for the Winter College on Optics (Trieste, Italy) | 2-6 February
- Fridolins Exploratorium (Graz, Austria) | 2-27 February
- Engaging Cultural Heritage in Science (Calgary, Canada) | 3 February
- Science is Culture (Guanajuato, Mexico) | 3-13 February
- Seminar on optical communications (Ljubljana, Slovenia) |4-6 February
- Optics for Energy (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) | 4 February
- Solar Evening (Calgary, Canada) | 4 February
- Recent advances on specialty optical fibers developed at XLIM research institute (Singapore) | 4 February
- Light and Luminosity (Geneva, Switzerland) | 4 February
- Indoor Lighting for Health and Wellbeing (Lund, Sweden) | 4 February
- Social Science: In the Dark (St Paul, MN, United States) | 5 February
- Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (Dunedin, New Zealand) | 5-6 February
- Wales Launch of the International Year of Light (Cardiff, United Kingdom) | 5 February
- Fingerprints of Sun (Calgary, Canada) | 5 February
- L-RO – DARC NIGHT, DARC AWARDS (London, United Kingdom) | 5 February
- Light: Beyond the Bulb sponsored by SPIE (Bellingham, WA, United States) | 5-19 February
- Artistic Free Energy Capture Tryout Expo (Boynton Beach, FL, United States) | 6-8 February
- SPIE Photonics West 2015 (San Francisco, United States) | 7-12 February
- Starlight at Science Alive (South Bend, IN, United States) | 7 February
- Light: Beyond the Bulb sponsored by SPIE (San Francisco, CA, United States) | 7-12 February
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.
During the last decade oncological diseases have spread enormously. According to the statistics of World Health Organization, cancer takes second place in the list of leading lethal diseases. The first place goes to cardiovascular diseases. Only in 2008 more than 7.6 million people died from cancer worldwide. In order to improve survival factors, early diagnostics and effective therapy is a necessity.
Fluorescence imaging is a sensitive and quantitative method that is widely used for observing cells and cell processes in vivo, also for noninvasive tissue imaging, which is a promising tool for cancer diagnostics. Unfortunately, the sensitivity of fluorescence imaging is limited due to characteristics of fluorescent agents applied. In biological studies most commonly used fluorophores are organic dyes and semiconductor quantum dots. Currently another type of imaging agents has been shown to have a particularly great promise in bioimaging – fluorescent gold nanoclusters. Being composed of non-toxic elements and having surface that could be easily modified with antibodies, biomarkers or functional molecules, they also possess properties such as high fluorescence yield and good biocompatibility.
As an astronomer, I use light to travel through the universe, and to look back in time to when the universe was young. So do you! All of us see things as they were when the light was emitted, not as they are now. The farthest thing you can easily see without a telescope is the Andromeda Nebula, which is a galaxy like the Milky Way, about 2.5 million light years away. You see it as it was 2.5 million years ago, and we really don’t know what it looks like today; the disk will have rotated a bit, new stars will have been born, there could have been all kinds of exploding stars, and the black hole in the middle could be lighting up.
The Andromeda Galaxy. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
It was a sunny day in August 2013 when my friend Margherita and I decided that my PhD thesis on ‘Generation and manipulation of multiphoton quantum states of light’ could be an interesting dance subject.
Our aim was to participate in the ‘Dance your PhD’ contest. The summer heat and the clear Liguria Sea in front of us provided the right inspiration. I began to tell Margherita what my thesis was about. For three years, I had used light — specifically, the fundamental particle of the electromagnetic field, the photon — in order to explore the transition from the microscopic to the macroscopic world. To enlighten this micro-macro transition, I started with a funny story: the Schröedinger’s cat paradox.
Schoredinger’s cat paradox. Credits: Andrea Parisi
Light is the most important factor in the appreciation and understanding of Architecture. The relationship between light and architecture is grounded in the principles of physics; it is about energy and matter but in this particular case it also implies an emotional effect on people.
Credits: Victor Palacio