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International Year of Light

The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015)

International Year of Light 2015 logo

During the Year we highlighted the importance of light and optical technologies in our lives, for our futures and for the development of our society.

You can see how we celebrated IYL2015 on these pages. Highlights included a light-themed ceilidh in December and lots of light-based activities at science festivals throughout the year.

Every month during 2015 we asked a PhD student who makes use of light to tell us a bit about their research and themselves. Click on the pictures below to read about their PhD experiences and learn more about how light is used in many different projects.

International Year of Light 2015 Research Profiles

International Year of Light Past Events

The ceilidh team at the event
An exciting finale to our IYL activities
Category: Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
International Year of Light ceilidh poster
A preview of the upcoming ceilidh on December 5th
Category: Outreach, International Year of Light
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Chemistry team at the Midlothian Science Festival
We go out and about with a whole range of colour and light-based science
Category: Outreach, International Year of Light
Monday, November 2, 2015
Explorathon at Edinburgh Zoo
Science events take over Scotland's capital
Category: Prizes and Awards, Outreach, International Year of Light
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Children dancing in a purple and blue room
Children discover the wonder of light through dance
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Making liquid nitrogen ice cream
Liquid nitorgen ice cream, video games and tours excite the public
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Demonstrating spectroscopy to students
Shining light on university research
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
An overview of the process the molecular movie has revealed
X-ray laser reveals how ring-shaped gas molecules break open and unravel
Category: Research, International Year of Light
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sciennes science fair booklet
Scientists come together at Edinburgh primary school
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Evenings of Enlightenment logo
Light took centre stage in a series of public talks
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, June 17, 2015