INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT 16 MAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT 16 MAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT 16 MAY 2020

#IDL2020 #SEETHELIGHT

EVENT CELEBRATIONS IN CYPRUS

This year This year, because of the measures taken by governments for the COVID19 pandemic,

UNESCO promotes online events for the safety of the people.

In Cyprus, we will hold only one online event on Saturday 19:00 Cyprus local time.

EVENT'S PROGRAM: SATURDAY 16TH MAY 2020, TIME: 19:00

PRESS HERE TO ATTEND THE LIVE EVENT

WELCOMING BY THE CYPRUS NATIONAL NODE, MR. GEORGE TROULLIAS.

AWARENESS INTRODUCTION TO THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR THE CONTINUED APPRECIATION OF LIGHT AND ITS ROLE IT PLAYS IN LIFE.

LIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGIES: EXAMPLES.

LIGHT POLLUTION AWARENESS: EFFECTS ON PLANET AND WAYS TO PROTECT THE NIGHT SKY.

COSMIC LIGHT REACHES CYPRUS: TELESCOPE OBSERVATIONS OF THE MARVELS OF THE NIGHT SKY.

 

The KITION PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY is the Cyprus National Node for the UNESCO International Day of Light.

The International Day of Light 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, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) was a United Nations observance that raised global awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and their importance to humankind. Under the leadership of UNESCO, more than 13,000 activities took place in 147 countries to reach an audience estimated at over 100 million. See the IYL 2015 Final Report for more information.

Goals

The major goals of the International Day of Light are:

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.

Build worldwide educational capacity through activities targeted on science for young people, addressing issues of gender balance, and focusing especially on developing countries and emerging economies.

Highlight and explain the intimate link between light and art and culture, enhancing the role of optical technology to preserve cultural heritage.

Enhance international cooperation by acting as a central information resource for activities coordinated by learned societies, NGOs, government agencies, educational establishments, industry, and other partners.

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.

Why May 16th?

The International Day of Light will be held on May 16th every year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. The laser is a perfect example of how a scientific discovery can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, healthcare and many other fields. For interest, you can find here some of the laser history, but note that the International Day of Light is not just about lasers and science. It also includes aspects of art, culture, entertainment – everywhere light is present in fact!

If you have any querries or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or call +357 9999 1111.

 

 

LINKS:

CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT FB PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/idlcy/

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT

https://www.lightday.org/

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS FOR THE DAY OF LIGHT

https://www.lightday.org/events

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT FB PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/DayOfLight2020

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT INSTAGRAM PAGE

https://www.instagram.com/idl2020/

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT TWITTER PAGE

https://twitter.com/IDLOfficial

 

 

 

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