On December 20, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UN) introduced that 2015 would be the International Year of Light (IYL) and Light-Based Technology in order to raise awareness about how light-based technologies are solving global challenges in education, health, agriculture, and energy. A number of international scientific unions, the International Council of Science, and more than 100 partners from more than 85 countries, endorse IYL 2015.
Each event articulates public and political understanding of light in the modern world while also providing history as well. The International Year of Light gives focus on the awareness of light based on the 21st century. It will express moments from the first studies of optics to discoveries in optical communications today.
The first event of IYL2015 was be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in January 2015. The IYL was endorsed by many scientific associations including the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). OSCAR Founding Director, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, was invited to speak at the event.
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