International Year of Light news

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Join the Global celebration of the Weekend of Light on 25-28 September 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) has already reached over a hundred countries and millions of people worldwide. Activities are taking place on all continents, and more and more events are being added to the global calendar. Coming soon will be a truly spectacular series of events taking place worldwide during the Weekend of Light from Friday 25th to Monday 28th September. This four-day period will see a remarkable series of activities of all kinds taking place, and we would like to encourage all IYL 2015 partners to get involved.

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Join iSPEX-EU and Measure Air Pollution with your Smartphone

The iSPEX and LIGHT2015 projects will organise the first Europe-wide citizen-science photonics experiment to measure air pollution using smartphones from 1 September to 15 October 2015 in 10 major European cities.

With the iSPEX add-on and app, you can transform your smartphone into a scientific tool to measure tiny particles in the atmosphere that contribute to air pollution and its impacts in an as-yet poorly understood way. iSPEX-EU aims to form a network of thousands of people all over Europe who perform iSPEX measurements and provide information at locations and times that are not covered by current air pollution monitoring efforts – and we need your help! By joining iSPEX-EU you can be part of a major project to help understand our atmosphere and make an important scientific contribution!

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LIGHT2015 – Lighting the Future Video

A video was developed by the National University of Galway, Ireland, as part of the LIGHT2015 Project that promotes commercial collaboration and investment in Photonics. The aim of the video is to encourage venture capitalists and industry who have not yet invested in Photonics innovation to do so, given the proven track record, impact and economic potential outlined in this production and elsewhere. We hope to inspire everyone about the opportunities for business and growth through the disruptive technologies that Photonics has produced and will continue to produce in the future. The 21st century is going to be the Era of Photonics, we look forward eagerly and ask you to help shape that future. The video will be subtitled in all EU official languages.

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Hamamatsu launches an educational website about light in celebration of the International Year of Light

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has produced an educational website called Photon terrace to celebrate the United Nation’s proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. The website introduces visitors to light in a variety of ways, such as the fascinating nature of light and the many scientific and technological applications of light.

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