Looking Forward to the Year of Light

As 2014 slowly comes to a close 2015 promises to be a big one in light and optical technologies. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has enacted a global initiative to highlight the key roles light and light-based technologies play in our daily lives over the course of this upcoming year.

UNESCO hopes that this international event will bring together a large consortium of stakeholders like scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, technology platforms, and private sector partners to enter into worldwide discussions and events designed to raise global awareness about how light technologies support sustainable development. UNESCO hopes that designating 2015 as the Year of Light will increase information sharing about light technology’s applications in in medicine, communications, entertainment and culture, in addition to emphasizing how light based industries are major economic drivers.

The year of 2015 is a significant one in light technology history which is why it was chosen by UNESCO to be the Year of Light. 2015 marks the one thousand year anniversary since Ibn al-Haytham published his first work on optics. It is also the 200th year anniversary of Augustin-Jen Fresnel’s ground breaking theory that first had scientists consider light as a wave. Amazingly enough, it is also the 99th Year Anniversary celebrating Albert Einstein’s entrance into the Hall of Fame, for his theory of relativity which dealt with the centrality of light in both space and time. During the Year of Light additional homage will be given to James Clerk Maxwell’s contribution of the electromagnetic theory and Arno Penzias and Robert Woodrow Wilson’s discovery of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

All of the events during the Year of Light are being coordinated by UNESCO, African, European, and American Physical Societies with the official opening ceremony being held January 19-20th in Paris. Throughout the year a variety of events will take place all over the globe. Konica Minolta looks forward to contributing to this yearlong celebration and being your resource to following the events and innovations that take place over the next year.

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