International Day of Light 2019

Celebrate light again with OSA on 16 May 2019.


The UNESCO-ICTP Illuminating Education Conference at ICTP in Trieste, Italy.

The Illuminating Education conference was the Flagship Celebration of the International Day of Light 2019 held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste on 16 May 2019.

OSA was represented by 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson and Student Representative Xiang "Dino" Dai.

Optics & Photonics News is also profiled Cather Simpson, University of Auckland, who is a speaker at the Illuminating Education Conference. OPN subscribers can read the article online

Share the International Day of Light with your community.

Tag a photo and share the reason why you celebrate light on social media. 

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Sample Tweet: On this #IDL2019, I celebrate #light because #optics and #photonics is the enabling technology of the 21st century! @Optical Society #EnabledbyOptics 

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  1. Posting it to the official International Day of Light event page.
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Light and Lasers 101

We collaborated with Laser Classroom to create a special edition classroom set kit for outreach activities called Lights and Lasers 101. 75 kits were distributed globally to: 

  • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) Student Chapter, Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla,  Puebla,  Mexico
  • Ben-Gurion University OSA Student Chapter, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • BU Optics & Photonics Club, Bangkok University, Pathum Thani, Klong Luang, Thailand
  • BVCOE OSA Student Chapter, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering at Navi Mumbai,  New Delhi, India
  • Capitulos estudiantes de Optica -CEO-, Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Medellin, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Optica OSA Student Chapter, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • CICESE's Chapter, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • CIOR, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
  • COSA UdeA (Capitulo OSA UdeA), Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • CSIO OSA Student Chapter, Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Chandigarh, India
  • CUVO, Universidad del Valle Cali, Colombia, Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Glasgow University OSA Student Chapter (GOSC), University of Glasgow, Glasgow , Scotland
  • GOA(Grupo de Optica de los Andes), Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
  • GOMa (Universidad Distrital), Univ Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá DC, Colombia
  • IEAv OSA Student Chapter, Instituto de Estudos Avancados, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brasil
  • IIITA OSA Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Information and Technology, Allahbad Jhalwa. Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • IIST OSA Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  • IIT Delhi student chapter of OSA, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, New Delhi, India
  • IIT Madras OSA Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Inatel Photonics Chapter, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações Santa Rita do Sapucai, Minas Gerais, Brasil
  • IO-CSIC Student Chapter, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid, Spain
  • JIIT-OSA Student Chapter, Jaypee Institute of Information Tech, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Jilin University OSA Student Chapter, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
  • KAUST OSA Student Chapter, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
  • Lund University OSA Student Chapter, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Skåne, Sweden
  • Malaviya National Institute of Tech. OSA Student Chapter, Malaviya National Institute of Tech., Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Medical University of Vienna OSA Student Chapter, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Monash University OSA Student Chapter, Monash University, Berwick, VIC, Australia
  • Nanjing University Student Chapter of OSA, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Optics Students Karlsruhe e.V., Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland
  • OSA Campina Student Chapter, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • OSA Chapter at INAOE, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, San Andres, Cholula, Puebla, México
  • OSA Chapter UFPE – Recife,Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil
  • OSA Nankai University Student Chapter, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • OSA Student Chapter in Prague, Univerzita Karlova, Prague, Czech Republic
  • OSA Student Chapter UASLP, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosí / IICO, San Luis Potosi, México
  • OSA Student Chapter at Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Miraflores , Lima, Peru
  • OSA Student Chapter, JECRC Jaipur, JECRC University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • OSA UFRGS Optical Student Chapter, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • OSA UIS student chapter , Universidad Industrial de Santander, Floridablanca, Santander, Colombia
  • OSA UIUC Student Chapter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Urbana, IL, USA
  • OSA/SPIE XIOPM Student Chapter, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Shaanxi, Xi'an, China
  • OSA-NTHU Student Chapter, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
  • Otago Optics Chapter, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • Peking University OSA Student Chapter, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Photonics Society at UCSB, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Potsdam Photonics and Quantum Optics, Universitat Potsdam, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics OSA Student Chapter, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Shanghai, China
  • Sofia University OSA Student Chapter, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Stellenbosch Laser Student Chapter, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
  • SUAI OSA Student Chapter, St Petersburg State Academy of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint Petersburg, Leningradskaya, Oblast, Russia
  • SUSTC OSA Student Chapter, South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv OSA Student Chapter, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • The Light Quantum, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • The Optical Society ITS Student Chapter, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
  • The Optical Society of São Paulo City, Nuclear and Energy Research Institute -Ipen/CNEN/SP – Brazil, São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk), University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Univ. Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá – UNBOS OSA Student Chapter, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá DC, Colombia
  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile OSA Student Chapter, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Universidad de Valladolid Physics League, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México , Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Naucalpan de Juárez, México
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) OSA Student Chapter, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil
  • Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie OSA Student Chapter, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop OSA Student Chapter, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  • University College Dublin OSA Student Chapter, National University of Ireland University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Adelaide OSA Student Chapter, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • University of Exeter OSA Student Chapter, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
  • University of Oregon OSA Chapter, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
  • University of Puerto Rico OSA Chapter, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA
  • University of Sussex OSA Student Chapter, University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom
  • University of Warsaw OSA Student Chapter, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
  • USC-OSA Student Chapter, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
  • USP-IFSC OSA Student Chapter, Universidade de Sao Paulo Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Wits-Optics, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa