IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony Anniversary

Today we commemorate the anniversary of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) Opening Ceremony that was held on 19-20 January 2015 at UNESCO-HQ in Paris, France.

Over a thousand participants attended the ceremony to learn about the many ways in which light is making a difference in our daily lives and to exchange ideas on the solutions light-based technologies can provide to current global challenges. The two-day ceremony gathered leading scientists, as well as decision makers, NGO representatives and industry representatives to discuss all aspects of light.

The programme included lectures by five Nobel Prize laureates: Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, William Phillips, Serge Haroche and Zhores Alferov.

You can watch below some highlights from the ceremony.

Light is Here installation at UNESCO HQ. Credit: Kari Kola.

Light is Here installation at UNESCO HQ. Credit: Kari Kola.

IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony Summary

Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail: “Light and Life” plenary talk

Nobel  Laureate Steven Chu: “Energy and Climate Change — Challenges and Opportunities” plenary talk

Nobel Laureate William D. Phillips: Einstein, Time and Light Plenary Talk

Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche: “Light and the Quantum” plenary talk

Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov: “Efficient Light Conversion and Generation” Plenary Talk 

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