Planning begins for the first International Day of Light in 2018

By e-EPS. Published on 19 June 2017 in:
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Paris, France — Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, the Executive Board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has endorsed an annual International Day of Light. The purpose of an International Day of Light will be to provide an annual focal point for the appreciation of the role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, culture, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world to raise awareness of science and technology, art and culture, and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO — education, equality and peace.

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The LIGHT2015 Projects bring the wonders of Photonics to 27 European Countries during IYL 2015

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 22 March 2016 in:
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The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 [IYL 2015] has been a tremendous success in bringing together academic and industry organisations around the world to join forces to raise awareness of the many ways in which the physics and applications of light impacts our lives in areas such as energy, education, climate-change and health. The success of IYL 2015 crowns six years of hard work by the European Physical Society [EPS] since the first discussions of the idea in 2009.

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The Dutch Journal of Physics released a special issue on light

By Jan van Ruitenbeek. Published on 25 February 2016 in:
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With the Dutch Journal of Physics the NNV aim to reach out to the community of physicists with an interest in developments in physics research, industry and education in the Netherlands, but whose knowledge of Dutch is not sufficient for comfortably reading the printed journal. In 2016, the NNV decided to start publishing an English version of the Society’s Journal four times a year under the name Dutch Journal of Physics (DJoP).

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International Year of Light News

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 15 December 2015 in:
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IYL 2015 in France: a great success!

IYL 2015 in Spain celebrates closing ceremony in Madrid

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

100 years of general relativity

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Editorial – Light to Enlighten

By Victor R. Velasco. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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In our role as researchers and teachers we work to increase the knowledge, use it and transmit it to new generations of scientists.

At the same time, our global citizenship is often confronted with technical, cultural, ethical and social issues needing scientific knowledge not available to the average citizen. Direct engagement with the public helps us to understand their interest for science and their doubts and concerns.

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Light and Innovation Ceremony at the Palazzo Edison in Milan

By Christophe Rossel. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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On the occasion of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 a special session entitled ‘Light and Innovation’ took place on 16 October 2015 at the wonderful Palazzo Edison in Milan, the headquarters of the Edison corporation. It was organized by Edison SpA and the Foundation Alessandro Volta, in collaboration with the European Physical Society and the Italian Physical Society. Edison SpA is Europe’s oldest energy company, and today is one of the industry leaders in Italy and Europe with business focusing on electric power and hydrocarbon exploration and production. The Alessandro Volta Foundation is located at Lake Como and has a school of Advanced Studies where scientific events are organized to promote excellence in training and research.

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International Year of Light news

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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“Highlights of Physics” event in Germany

Call for entries for IYL 2015 Film Festival

IYL 2015 celebrations in Franche-Comté, France, and IYL 2015 activities in Hungary

LIGHT2015 Project Updates

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Cosmic Light: primordial & eternal

By Manolis K. Georgoulis, Manolis Zoulias. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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IYL 2015 public lecture series at the Academy of Athens

On the occasion of UNESCO’s inauguration of 2015 as the International Year of Light, the Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics [RCAAM] of the Academy of Athens hosted a series of public lectures aiming to raise public awareness of the defining role of light and cosmic light sources to the human perception of the universe and the advancement of science and space exploration.

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Special issue of EPN on IYL 2015

By Luc Bergé. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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Special issue of EPN on IYL 2015.

Foreword on the special issue on the science of light
Guiding light
Light for bio-imaging
Light for brevity
Controlling light at the nanoscale
Extreme light
Quantum light
Letter: about light, cosmic messages from the past
Physics in daily life: dipping bird
Crossing borders: physics and politics: a happy marriage?

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The Fermi Prize 2015 in the International Year of Light

By Alessandro Bettini, Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 23 November 2015 in:
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The 2015 Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society [SIF] has been awarded to Toshiki Tajima and Diederik Wiersma with the following citation:

For their innovative and high-impact contributions to the study of phenomena dealing with the interaction of light with matter and particles“.

In particular:

– to Toshiki Tajima, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA, “for the invention of the laser-wakefield-acceleration technique which led to a large number of fundamental and interdisciplinary applications ranging from accelerator science to plasma physics and astrophysics“;

– to Diederik Wiersma, University of Florence, Italy, and National Institute of Optics of the Italian National Research Council [INO-CNR] and European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy[LENS], “for the first observation of Anderson localisation and of anomalous transport phenomena described by Lévy statistics in the framework of his highly original research on light propagation in disordered media“.

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International Year of Light news

By Jorge Rivero González, Antoine Pochelon. Published on 22 October 2015 in:
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Queen Letizia of Spain to chair the Honorary Committee of the International Year of Light in Spain
IYL 2015 African Regional Conference celebrated in Ghana
SPIE People’s Choice winning photo illustrates life with little access to electricity
GalileoMobile’s new documentary celebrates Cosmic Light

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Inauguration of PETAL at the French Megajoule Laser Facility

By Luc Bergé. Published on 22 October 2015 in:
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On 29 May 2015, PETAL, (PETawatt Aquitaine Laser), delivered a power of 1.2 Petawatt (one million billion Watts). Supplying almost 1000 Joules of optical energy during less than 1 picosecond (1 psec = 10-12 sec.), thus making PETAL the first facility to overcome the Petawatt power barrier at the highest energy level within one beamline. It becomes the most powerful kilojoule-class laser in the world to date. Part of the Megajoule Laser Facility [LMJ] near Bordeaux, France, this instrument positions the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission [CEA] in a leading position worldwide for building and exploiting powerful lasers.

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