Celebrate Light: Natural and Electrical
Following the success of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), the UNESCO announced the implementation of the International Day of Light (IDL) the May 16th of each year in Paris, the date on which the first successful laser operation is commemorated. This global initiative aims to demonstrate the importance of light in our lives and the crucial role it plays in science, culture, and art, education and sustainable development, and in fields such as medicine, communications, and energy.
A broad range of actors coming from various sectors of society will participate and contribute to global activities to raise attention to the role of light on our planet. These activities will consist in educating students and the public about light issues as well as the implementation of specialist workshops in science and industry, public light festival and displays, conferences, works of art, music, and literature. A special focus will be given to students, young people and the public at large.
On that day, Nighttime Design (NTD) in collaboration with the London School of Economics’ Configuring light, will organize a NightSeeing™ program in London. The aim is to bring attendees up to date on the challenges cities face regarding after-dark hours and show them how lighting can improve safety and security, public health and economic vitality. The program starts with a talk, after which the attendees will join a spirited walk through the City of London to focus on everyday, vernacular light, as well as special features and all the while sharing environmental and societal observations.
Simultaneously, a Flagship inauguration featuring Nobel Laureates, scientists and industry leaders will take place in the on 16 May 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, with attendees and guests that will include science and industry leaders, national delegates and sponsors, diplomats and decision-makers from across the globe, science enthusiasts, and students. UNESCO welcomes all partners who want to make a difference and get involved in the IDL through the organization of activities or by supporting the Flagship event.
We are looking forward to the many events around the globe that IDL will be a very useful event to inform the public and develop professional competences about the value of adding efficient and well designed urban and rural lighting policies.