16 May 2019 International Day of Light

May 16th is the global recognition day for the central role that light and light-based technologies play in our lives UNESCO declared May 16th the International Day of Light, an annual observance promoting the importance of light and light-based technologies in science, education and culture. To commemorate this event, partners around the world conduct a series of outreach and education activities on this day and throughout the month, with special focus on students, young people and the public at large.

The Illuminating Education conference, the flagship event for the International Day of Light, takes place this year at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, with presentations covering a wide range of topics, from inspiring science to practical career advice. ICFO’s Dr. Federica Beduini from the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team will offer a talk on participatory science and the Big Bell Test, a worldwide citizen science experiment that led to over 100,000 people world-wide participating in state-of-the art tests on quantum physics.

Back in Castelldefels, ICFO welcomes visitors to the institutes to commemorate International Day of Light 2019. On Tuesday, 14 May INS Joan Puig i Ferreter from La Selva del Camp (Tarragona) toured the facilities and spoke with researchers. On Friday, 17 May, ICFO opens its doors for a visit for the General Public.