International Year of Light News

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IYL 2015 in France: a great success!

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 [IYL 2015] has been an immense success and a great popular celebration of light in France. Until the end of October, more than 700 events have been organized all around the country where thousands of participants have learnt about how important are photonics technologies to tackle global issues for our modern society. Launched on 8 January 2015 with a prestigious Opening Ceremony at La Sorbonne in Paris, the French National Committee is convinced that the final goal of 1,000 IYL 2015 events in France will be achieved. Due to the great success, the French IYL 2015 National Committee has decided to extend the IYL 2015 celebrations in France until 30 June 2016.

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IYL 2015 in Spain celebrates closing ceremony in Madrid

On 24 November 2015 the Spanish IYL 2015 National Committee organized the official closure of IYL 2015 activities in Spain. The ceremony was held at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas [CSIC] main hall and was attended by many personalities from the academic and business fields related to light and its technologies, including the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation Carmen Vela and the Chair of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee John Dudley.

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Light and Dark Matters – the Institute of Physics at the Tate Modern

On 20-21 November 2015 leading artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists and the public came together to debate, share and uncover our contemporary experience of light and dark matter at the Tate Modern Gallery in London (UK). This event was organized by the Tate Modern Gallery and the Institute of Physics as part of the IYL 2015 celebrations.

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100 years of general relativity

On 25 November 2015 the world celebrated 100 years of the presentation of the Einstein field equations on the Prussian Academy of Sciences, which is one of the anniversaries celebrated during IYL 2015.

Read more about that anniversary on the IYL 2015 blog.

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Proposal to increase Individual Membership fees

The Executive Committee has decided to propose to the EPS Council Meeting on 1-2 April 2016 to increase the membership fees for EPS Individual Members.

Any increase decided by Council 2016 will not take effect until 2017.