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.
The date commemorates the first laser by Theodore Maiman at Bell Labs in 1960 and therefore the 60th anniversary of this major event will be celebrated by IDL2020.The IDL aims are to promote the importance of the science and applications of light, to address challenges in sustainable development, health, education and to explain the importance of science education.
Since IDL2020 falls on a Saturday, there is a good opportunity to reach the public more efficiently than in other years and to inform them about the outstanding positive effects of photonics on all areas of our daily life. UNESCO encourages every one, every institution, to seize this opportunity, be it by organising a lecture or an open day to visit your lab, your company, your gallery, your school, your museum etc. You could then run your event using the IDL label free of charge and upload a short description to the .
Celebrate the International Day of Light 2020 from home
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.