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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

Children dancing in a darkened room
Light comes alive at this dance-themed event
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Looking through coloured filters
Looking at light in chemistry
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Caitlin Daff with her spectroscope
Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Kathryn Godfrey
Performance of ???An Extraordinary Light??? by Breathe Out Theatre.
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Schemetaic of atom and light source
New type of light source could let us watch electrons move inside atoms.
Category: Research, Outreach, International Year of Light, Featured Publications
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Museum Lates poster
Georg Silber gave a fantastic talk at the Museum Lates event.
Category: Past Event, Outreach, International Year of Light
Friday, November 15, 2013