Forthcoming Events

26.10.2020 - 28.10.2020, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen,Switzerland

International Year of Light 2015

A Celebration of Light and its Role in Society


Light plays a central role in human activities in science, technology and culture. Light itself underpins the existence of life, and light-based technologies will guide and drive the future development of human society. Light and optics have revolutionized medicine, have opened up international communication via the Internet, and continue to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. Advances in lighting and solar energy are considered crucial for future sustainable development.

Scientists and educators, in a large variety of scientific disciplines ranging from physics to astronomy, chemistry, material science, biology, etc., are well aware of the tremendous importance of optical science and technology for future international development. As the application of light through the field of photonics becomes the key cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century, it is critical that the brightest young minds continue to be attracted into science and engineering careers in this field.

NCCR MUST has developed a number of projects in 2015 to bring the specialist science of our network to school children and the public. This includes the development of display tools, teaching materials, participation in Scientifica 2015, school visits and many other activities.

Contacts, Events, Resources

European Physical Society: International Year of Light

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