About The Year of Light
Light 2015 is a platform that celebrates the International year of light in Australia
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the international year of light and light-based technologies. This was because of the United Nations recognition of the importance of increasing awareness as regards light-based technologies and how it can be used to provide solutions to challenges in education, energy, health and agriculture while also promoting sustainable development.
The United Nations programs for that year focused on improving the political and public understanding of the crucial role that light plays in our world while also celebrating the anniversaries for 2015 which include the first studies of optics, discovered 1000 years ago to the discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. The central role that light plays in our daily lives cannot be overemphasised. In Australia, the year sees a mix of education, arts, science, and business coming together to celebrate all things that have to do with light. Light-based technologies represent a significant part of modern technology from laser shows to mobile phones. The future of light technologies depends on our understanding of the application of light technologies to new creations and solutions that will make our daily life better.
The goal of the year is to show the citizens the importance of light and optical technologies in our lives, futures, and societal development. As an economic driver, light-based technologies occupy a pivotal position, and it has the potential to do what electronics did to the economy of the world in 2020 – completely revolutionising it. All activities organised to commemorate the year are designed to make people from all backgrounds, culture, and age understand the impact of lights, and it has helped culture and science by understanding how light cuts across every scientific field and its relevance for advancing sustainable development, it becomes easier to speak about it and encourages others to understand it too. During the International Year, many stakeholders such as educational institutions, scientific unions and societies, technology platforms, partners in the private sector, and non-profit organisations. The year represents a significant opportunity to make sure that international stakeholders and policymakers become familiar with the potentials of light technology to solve many problems in our society through awareness. The year is endorsed by several scientific unions and council of science Australia with many more organisations and educational institutions partnering with the organising committee. There are also sponsors who are contributing financially by sponsoring various events that seek to create awareness for the program.
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