Light is Here: IYL2015 Opening Ceremony in Paris

“LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT 2015 AT UNESCO HQ IN PARIS”

With just hours to go before the start of 2015, the International Year of Light is getting ready for a grand Opening Ceremony to be held on the 19-20 January 2015. The Opening Ceremony will introduce all key themes of the year, acting as inspiration for events worldwide during 2015 to raise awareness of the importance of light-based technologies in providing solutions to worldwide challenges in areas such as energy, education, communications and health.

Light in Progress

Over a thousand participants will celebrate the opening of the International Year of Light in Paris for the two days, and speakers and attendees will include international diplomats and decision-makers, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe. After high-level opening addresses by international political leaders, a series of keynote lectures, symposia and round-tables will cover areas of basic science, innovative lighting solutions for society, light pollution, emerging trends in photonics, the Einstein Centenary, the role of light-based technologies in addressing global challenges, light in art and culture, the history of science, and science policy.

Light is Life

Keynote speakers from the light science community will include pioneering and inspiring scientists who will speak on a diverse range of topics: light and life, energy, telecommunications, and the fundamental physics of light-matter interactions. The IYL2015 programme will also include contributions by leading presidents, architects, CEO’s along with many other leading scientists and representatives from international NGOs.

Light is Here

The programme will also feature several cultural and musical interludes, and the outside of the UNESCO Building in Paris will be lit by Finnish light artist Kari Kola with a display entitled “Light is Here” which will reflect the powerful elements of the Northern lights.