INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS - UNESCO proclaims 2015 as "Year of Light"

UNESCO proclaims 2015 as "Year of Light"

Jena celebrates it with lots of offers and events in the "City of Light"

Jena celebrates it with lots of offers and events in the "City of Light"lichtsignet_color_englisch

2015 Jena celecbrates the "International Year of Light" with lots of activities and events. The thematic year has been launched by the UNESCO, the Cultural Organization of the United Nations, in order to bring the importance of light and light-based technologies into the general awareness of the public. Research in the field of optics and photonics and the application of light-based technologies allow inter alia better diagnostics and treatments in medicine and innovative methods in life sciences. For example, it also allow new tools of communication, environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and energy-efficient lighting solutions.
"What is for Jena more natural than to use the 'International Year of the Light' to show how diverse the topic Light is in Jena", said the Mayor Dr. Albrecht Schröter. According to Schröter it is a unique feature of the city that on spot both - the economy and the research on optics and photonics - occupies leading international positions.
"Already in the motto of the University" Light - Life - Liberty "sounds to the importance of light for the university," says Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, president of the University of Jena. "The fact that physicists of the University and their partners have succeeded in bringing the Science Festival, 'Highlights of Physics' to Jena, is a great success." This event is organized by the German Physical Society (DPG), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the University of Jena and is considered one of the Germany-wide highlights of Year of Light.
Four pillars are the content 2015 in Jena: light technology, research on light, light in nature, as well as light & culture. Within these themes numerous activities and events are planned in Jena. The start is an exhibition at the Goethe Gallery and the opening show "LICHTphänomene" on January 17 with Ralph Caspers. The well-known presenter and author explains on stage exciting light phenomena with vivid live experiments. "Here, viewers can dive into the fascinating world of light," said Prof. Jürgen Popp, director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology and the FSU Institute of Physical Chemistry.
Among many other events, the highlight of the Jena Year of Light is the Science Festival "Highlights der Physik" for all students in downtown Jena. From 22 to 26 September, it's all about light and optics. Besides a large science show with Ranga Yogeshwar and an interactive physics exhibition, live experiments, a student competition and stimulating talks invite to join in and check out things.
Even for specialists there are interesting events in 2015. "Experts will meet at the "SPIE Optical System Design "conference, one of the most important European conferences on optical instrumentation here in Jena. The event will showcase international research institutions and companies with the latest developments in the field of optical systems and their applications, "said Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Institute and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering.
Thus, in 2015 the Year of Light 2015 keeps a varied program for all. The various events and offers organized by a broad coalition of local partners: besides the IAP there belong the city of Jena, Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Jena, JenaKultur, the Friedrich Schiller University, Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule, the institutes on Beutenberg campus, numerous companies and business associations such as the OptoNet e.V., the Optischesl Museum and the Zeiss Planetarium.
All information on year of light in Jena can be found on the Internet at

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Actively promoting the City of Light Jena 2015: Wilfried Röpke (Managing Director of Business Development Jena), Dr. Albrecht Schröter (Lord Mayor of Jena),
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp (Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology IPHT), Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann (Director of Fraunhofer Institute for
Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF), Prof. Dr. Gerhard G. Paulus (Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, University of Jena) and
Justus Felix Wehmer (CEO of Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH) (left to right).

News from: 16.12.2014 12:00
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