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The IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015. will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 19-20 January 2015. It will introduce all the key themes of the year, and will aim to inspire activities and events worldwide for the following 12 months. After high-level opening addresses by international political leaders and diplomats, a series of keynote lectures by Nobel Laureates, symposia and round-tables will cover areas of basic science, innovative lighting solutions for society, light pollution, emerging trends in photonics, the Einstein Centenary, the role of light-based technologies in addressing global challenges, light in art and culture, the history of science, and science policy. 

Read more about it here.

2015 Worldwide UNESCO Club Youth Multimedia Competition
A competition for IYL 2015

2015 Worldwide UNESCO Club Youth Multimedia Competition

The U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (USFUCA) invite Youth around the world to take part in the 2015 UNESCO Worldwide Multimedia Competition. Think creatively, and answer the following question.

The “Year of Light” focuses on the topic of light and light sciences and its applications; but it is human curiosity that underlines the vision which brings light to the hearts of humanity. What kind of light-based innovation would you propose to promote sustainable development and meet the needs of a global challenge such as energy, education, agriculture, or health?

You are encouraged to respond by making a 3-minute video, multimedia presentation, written essay, art work or using any method that channels your specific passion and talent to share your answer to the question.

Please visit and get started. Contact the USFUCA team at YouthContest [at] UNESCOUSA [dot] org.

Submit your events to the IYL2015 calendar

If you are organizing a scientific workshop or conference, a university or public lecture, a display or exhibition, or any event promoting light and its application, ensure it is tracked and included in the global IYL2015 calendar.

Please go to and click on the “Submit an Event Form”.  After a quick check to ensure information is complete, your event will appear on line in a few days.

IYL 2015 kick-off events in several European countries

Several National Committees from European countries are organizing IYL 2015 kick-off events during early 2015.  Click on the following links to know more about these events:

Find the latest updates about the International Year of Light on and on the IYL 2015 social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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