On the 16th of May each year, people across the globe come together to commemorate the International Day of Light. This momentous occasion celebrates the profound significance of light and its multifaceted applications in science, culture, art, education, and sustainable development.
Originally established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, this day has since become a platform for diverse events and activities worldwide. From captivating lectures to captivating exhibitions and compelling public demonstrations, the International Day of Light leaves an indelible mark.
Its primary objective is to raise awareness regarding the pivotal role that light and light-based technologies play in our everyday lives. Whether it be in the realm of optical communications, medical breakthroughs, energy-efficient lighting, or environmental monitoring, light is at the heart of progress.
Furthermore, this commemorative day serves as a catalyst for scientific education and research within the captivating realm of optics and photonics. It strives to ignite passion among young minds, inspiring them to embark on careers that explore the boundless possibilities offered by these fields.
Embodying the spirit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the theme for the 2023 International Day of Light is “Light for Sustainability.” This theme shines a spotlight on the indispensable role of light-based technologies in realizing these goals and constructing a sustainable future that encompasses us all.