SPIE Supports International Day of Light to Promote Awareness of Life-saving, Life-enhancing Light

Dazzling images entered in a photo contest helped raise awareness during the International Year of Light. A new photo contest will provide images for the International Day of Light. Ian Bell photo

The International Day of Light is an incredible opportunity for global education.

Observance of an annual International Day of Light (IDL) has been endorsed by the Executive Board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with the support of organizations including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015, the International Day of Light will provide an annual focal point for the appreciation of the role that light plays in science, culture, education, and sustainable development, in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy.

“Light is such an inclusive topic and resonates with people from very diverse backgrounds,” said SPIE Education Committee chair Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard. “The International Day of Light is an incredible opportunity for global education that reaches beyond the technical community, and across disciplines, borders, and generations.”

The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world to raise awareness of science and technology, art and culture, and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO — education, equality, and peace — said IDL 2018 Steering Committee Chair John Dudley and UNESCO International Basic Sciences (IBSP) Assistant Programme Specialist Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga in a press release today.

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