International Year of Light 2015

Supported by 100 partners from more than 85 countries, and coordinated by the European Physical Society under the auspices of the United Nations, the International Year of Light (ILY2015) is a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.


Dr. John Dudley of Université de Franche-Comté, CNRS, Institut FEMTO-ST (France) the chairman of the IYL2015 steering committee explains more details about the purpose of the ILY2015.




SPIE's Overview of ILY2015

For more details of the upcoming ILY2015, check out the latest news and videos from one of the founding sponsors, SPIE.

"Civilization would not exist without Light, light from our Sun and light from the focused and coherent lasers which now have become an important part of our daily lives-from scanning packages at supermarkets, to eye surgery, and to IT communications across oceans. The International Year of Light will surely raise awareness of these powerful discoveries and their present wide-ranging, light-based technologies which are significant contributors to the world market. As importantly, the International Year of Light will inspire future discoveries and applications for one of the most important element of our existence, Light." -- Dr. Ahmed Zewail, Linus Pauling Chair, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics; Director, Physical Biology Center for Ultrafast Science & Technology, California Institute of Technology, USA