Every Picture tells a Story II

GalileoMobile visiting a school of the Colombian part of Constellation. The project Constellation is a specially endorsed project by the International Astronomical during Cosmic Light IYL 2015 and involves twenty schools in six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), directly reaching at least 100 teachers and 6,000 pupils. Credit: GalileoMobile.

GalileoMobile visiting a school of the Colombian part of Constellation. The project Constellation is a specially endorsed project by the International Astronomical during Cosmic Light IYL 2015 and involves twenty schools in six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), directly reaching at least 100 teachers and 6,000 pupils. Credit: GalileoMobile.

"Realm of Photon 2015", a #IYL2015 #CosmicLight EDU workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, organized by National Academy of Geo & Space Science (NAGSS). Credit: NAGSS.

“Realm of Photon 2015”, a IYL 2015 Cosmic Light EDU workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, organized by National Academy of Geo & Space Science (NAGSS). Credit: NAGSS.

The Ufficio Filatelico and Numismatico of San Marino dedicates the divisional coin set 2015 with a 5€ silver uncirculated coin to the theme of the International Year of Light. Credit: Matthew Dent.

The Ufficio Filatelico and Numismatico of San Marino dedicates the divisional coin set 2015 with a 5€ silver uncirculated coin to the theme of the International Year of Light. Credit: Matthew Dent.

Detail from the illumination at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset – part of the Night of Heritage Light. Members of the Society of Light and Lighting created bespoke illuminations for several of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites around the UK. Credit: The Society of Light and Lighting.

Detail from the illumination at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset – part of the Night of Heritage Light. Members of the Society of Light and Lighting created bespoke illuminations for several of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites around the UK. Credit: The Society of Light and Lighting.

Physics in the King’s Garden, Stockholm, Sweden, exhibition and hands on experiments on 5 September 2015.

Physics in the King’s Garden, Stockholm, Sweden, exhibition and hands on experiments on 5 September 2015.

IYL 2015 commemorative stamps from Antigua and Barbuda.

IYL 2015 commemorative stamps from Antigua and Barbuda.

IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony in The Netherlands, 15 January 2015, Science Center NEMO Amsterdam. Human being walking on stilts, wearing a lightshow suit. Credit: Digidaan.

IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony in The Netherlands, 15 January 2015, Science Center NEMO Amsterdam. Human being walking on stilts, wearing a lightshow suit. Credit: Digidaan.

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Every Picture tells a Story I

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.

International Year of Light 2015 Cosmic Light mascot created by the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association.

International Year of Light 2015 Cosmic Light mascot created by the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association.

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IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony Anniversary

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.

Light is Here installation at UNESCO HQ. Credit: Kari Kola.

Light is Here installation at UNESCO HQ. Credit: Kari Kola.

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IYL 2015 Events #52 | Week 28 December – 3 January 2016

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.

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.

La Fête des Lumières

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.

Work created by school children on subject of light during special ateliers. Credit: Anton Greefhorst.

Work created by school children on subject of light during special ateliers. Credit: Anton Greefhorst.

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