Although many activities that have been planned for the International Day of Light (IDL) 2020 on May 16 will no longer be able to take place as scheduled, there are two new initiatives to celebrate IDL 2020 from your home. You are invited to share on social media how you celebrate light and to possibly send in a short video.
In these challenging times, let’s come together to share the role of light in our lives! We are excited to announce two new initiatives for IDL2020:
Share How you Celebrate Light on Social Media
Let’s build some momentum and excitement for the annual International Day of Light on May 16th. We invite our network to post on social media using #IDL2020 and #SeeTheLight with images that capture how light influences our lives in the broadest sense. Some ideas include sharing a picture of:
- how the science or technology of light improves our lives
- a natural phenomenon related to light or colour
- how light is used in art or culture
- yourself working with or just enjoying light in some way
- your photonics laboratory experiment
- your favorite book about light
- your favorite astronomical object or astrophotography (if you are an astronomer)
- how you use optics in education
Call for Videos for the International Day of Light
We encourage you to submit a video that showcases how you study, celebrate and/or enjoy light. The International Day of Light Secretariat will select videos to be shared on the official IDL social media pages on 16 May. Videos must be no longer than 1 minute and be submitted by 15 May. Some ideas for video submissions include:
- explain and/or demonstrate your photonics or light-related research (including students)
- how do you use and enjoy light while you stay/work at home?
- show us your favorite light-based technology
- create an astrophotography time-lapse or presentation, or explain how you conduct astrophotography in your region
- explain the importance and value of dark skies
- find a laser in your home
- how do you use and celebrate light in your culture?
To submit your video, please refer to the international link.
To recognise the International Day of Light 2020 and the 60th anniversary of the laser, the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) publishes a detailed report by René Salathé (EPFL) to record the development and milestones in laser science from 1960 to 1980 in Switzerland.Image: Endeavor Business Media, LLC
UNESCO celebrates every year on 16 May the International Day of Light (IDL). It is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, as well as in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.Image: UNESCO
Weather dependent? No
Does it cost anything? No