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International Day of Light 2019

International Day of Light 2019: Raising Awareness of the Significance of Light

Light plays a major role in science, culture and our society. After the successful inauguration in 2018, the Day of Light will be celebrated next year on May 16 with many actions, events, and lectures. For the registration of organizations and companies appointments, the official calendar is now online. International Day of Light 2019 events can be hosted on or around May 16, 2019.

Light Science and Engineering

In collaboration with UNESCO there will be a special, focus for 2019 on the use of light science as a means of stimulating education in science and engineering, especially in developing countries. This topic will be called ‘Illuminating Education’ and will be the subject of a special one-day conference held at Trieste, Italy, on May 16.

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For the celebration of the International Day of Light in 2019, events focusing on all aspects of light science and applications will again be supported. Picture credits: SPIE

The conference starts with a lecture on light in nature followed by thematic sessions covering areas of education, entrepreneurship, career development for young researchers, and the use of light as a lever for sustainable development.

Day of Light: An Enduring Legacy

Under the leadership of UNESCO, the first International Day of Light was celebrated on the 16 May 2018. Over 640 events took place worldwide in more than 80 countries, kicked off by a spectacular inauguration at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The Day of Light shall be an enduring legacy of the International Year of Light in 2015 and continue the cooperation between science, culture, decision-makers, industry leaders, and the public.

International Day of Light 2019 Celebrations

International Day of Light 2019 – List your own event!

Many other partners are actively preparing their own events for 2019, and events can now be registered for inclusion in the official International Day of Light 2019 calendar at www.lightday.org.