IYL2015: International Year of Light


By the end of 2013, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners together.

Light: a vital solution

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on light science and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies could promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.


SPIE video interview: Chairman John Dudley on the International Year of Light


IYL2015: a tremendous opportunity

The Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee – John Dudley – explains: “The International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this.”


IYL2015: Health, Communications, Economy, Environment , Social    IYL2015 - Global Partners

IYL2015: proclaimed by the UN and supported by various stakeholders.


IYL2015 spin-off

The IYL and its spin-off will be provide a great basis for a lot of new Lighting Inspiration. Various professionals in the field of lighting – in special Lighting Designers – use the IYL to gain recognition of the strategic value of their profession.

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