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The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

posted Feb 12, 2014, 9:01 PM by iwasaki@parc.osaka-u.ac.jp   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 6:23 PM by parc osaka ]

On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). UNESCO supports IYL2015 and it is pointed out that;

Light is central to science, technology, art and culture,

the promotion of UNESCO’s Priorities for Africa with focus on Education for All and Gender Equality,

Light technology drives development.

Number of important milestones; In 1815, Fresnel published his first work introducing the theory of light as a wave and in 1865, Maxwell rigorously described the dynamic electro-magnetic theory of light. In 1915, the theory of General Relativity developed by Einstein showed how light was at the centre of the very structure of space and time. In 1965, Penzias and Wilson discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background, an electromagnetic echo of the very creation of the universe (PROSPECTUS IYL2015).

Our center had been the same thoughts to an idea of light-based innovation expected by this event.

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PARC poster web site for IYL2015

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