These days we are working on collecting information about IYL 2015 activities around the world. The IYL National Nodes have been very helpful sending us images of selected activities. We’ll be sharing all these pictures on the IYL website very soon but, during the following days, we would like to share on the blog a first glimpse of these pictures from IYL 2015 activities around the world.
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.
Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 28 December – 3 January 2016. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.
- Presentation – Debate “Astrology vs Astronomy” (Larnaca, Cyprus) | 30 December
- LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb (Radford, VA, United States) | 1 January
- LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb (Christiansburg, VA, United States) | 1-31 January
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.
Villelongue d’Aude is a fairly typical village in southern France. It is made up of families who have lived here for generations, idealists who fled Paris in 1968, Dutch and Belgians who moved here in the ‘80s, some Brits who arrived about ten years ago, and a family fleeing a war torn homeland. Maybe one of the main aims of the first Fête des Lumières was to celebrate this concoction.
And so on December 8th this year the plan was for the mayor, Monsieur Pesteil, to ceremoniously turn off the village street lighting. A gasp would be expected from the villagers and the visitors who would be gathered in front of the Salle des Fêtes. Fortified by a glass of vin chaud, courtesy of the Mayor, the people carrying home-made lanterns would follow Patrick Terris and his fellow musicians in the dark, up the winding narrow streets, past home made light installations both simple and sophisticated to arrive finally at the village bar and some hot soup kindly provided by a number of villagers for the occasion. This was the plan and this, by and large, was what took place.