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The International Year of Light 2015 Closing Ceremony to be held in Mexico on 4-6 February: Save the Date

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 [IYL 2015] will be brought to an official close with a ceremony to be held over three days from 4-6 February 2016 in the beautiful city of Mérida, Mexico, which is close to the Mayan Archaeological Site of Chichen Itza and one of the earliest astronomical observatories El Caracol. This final event of the IYL 2015 global celebration will be attended by the key figures behind the international year, including academics, international diplomats and decision-makers, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe.

More information can be found on the IYL 2015 website.

ECOC Travel Grants available for students from developing countries    

In support of the International Year of Light 2015, the organizers of the European Conference on Optical Communications [ECOC] are delighted to announce that three Travel Grants of 1000€ and waived registration will be granted to students from developing countries wishing to attend the 41st ECOC, which will be held in Valencia, Spain, from 27 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2015.   

To apply, students should send a letter of motivation, a 2-page CV (max.) and one supporting letter in a single PDF file to: ecoc2015 [at] viajeseci [dot] es before 5 July2015.  

Cast your vote for SPIE People’s Choice Award

Photo aficionados everywhere are being asked to help choose the People’s Choice Award winner in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest, organized by SPIE Professional magazine as part of the United Nations-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies [IYL 2015]. The winning photo will receive a prize of US$500, and voters who register have a chance to win a GoPro camera.

The vote closes on 15 August 2015. Detailed information is available here.

Light and Colour Concert in Germany

On May 21 2015 a well-attended concert was held in St. Catherine’s Hall of the Rostock Conservatory of Music and Theater in Rostock (Germany) under the motto of “light and colour in music”. In an introductory remark, Prof. Dr. Fedor Mitschke (Institute of Physics, Rostock University) explained this somewhat unconventional concept. The concert aimed at bringing to the audience’s attention the relation between music on one hand, and light and colour on the other as exemplified by the works of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.

The Institute of Physics in Rostock is organising a series of events to celebrate IYL 2015 as declared by the United Nations. Read more about it here.

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

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