Happy International Day of Light! Today we celebrate the significant role light plays in science, culture, art, education and sustainable development around the world. This year’s message focuses on the ‘International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development in 2022’. Some of the major goals for today are to:

  • Improve the public understanding of how light and light-based technologies touch the daily lives of everybody, and are central to the future development of the global society.
  • Emphasise the importance of basic research in the fundamental science of light, the need for investment in light-based technology to develop new applications, and the global necessity to promote careers in science and engineering in these fields.
  • Promote the importance of lighting technology and the need for access to light and energy infrastructure in sustainable development, and for improving quality of life in the developing world.​​​​​​​
  • Raise awareness that technologies and design can play an important role in the achievement of greater energy efficiency, in particular by limiting energy waste, and in the reduction of light pollution, which is key to the preservation of dark skies.

It is a unique opportunity to inspire, educate and connect on a global scale. We encourage everyone who would like to learn more about the day check out the resources below:

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