The LIA supports the UNESCO International Day of Light

The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is supporting the International Day of Light on 16 May to promote and appreciate the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.

A global initiative by UNESCO, the International Day of Light will be held on 16 May every year to mark the anniversary of the first successful operation of a laser in 1960. The laser is a perfect example of how a scientific discovery can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, healthcare and many other fields.

The International Day of Light however is not just about science – the themes cover all areas of light in its general sense including art, culture, and development.

The goal of the International Day of Light is to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures and for the development of society.

The LIA in its role as the trade association serving the UK Lighting Industry and its supply chain, supports the initiative. LIA is dedicated to promoting best practice throughout the sector and help those associated with the lighting industry to stay at the forefront of trends and technology. The association supports marking a day in the year for raising the profile of the sector and awareness of the significant role light plays in our society.

Speaking about the annual day of celebration for the lighting industry, the Chief Operating officer of the LIA said:

“From its inception, the International Day of Light has helped to focus attention on the huge strides made in lighting technology and design along with the health related benefits of good lighting. LIA wholeheartedly supports this initiative and looks forward to the celebration.”

The International Day of Light will consist of coordinated activities on national, regional and international levels.

A flagship inaugural celebration of the International Day of Light will take place on 16 May 2018 at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris with presentations from Nobel laureates, scientists, industry leaders, and partners representing art, architecture, education, lighting, design, and NGOs.

There are also hundreds of events and activities around the world arranged by local organizers for people to gain an appreciation for the central role of light in science and culture, and as a cross-cutting scientific discipline that can advance sustainable development.

You can attend the following events in the UK:

May 9 | London - London Institute of Advanced Light Technologies Launch

May 16 | London - International Day of Light - Symposium and Exhibition

May 16 | London - Society of Light and Lighting LR&T Symposium 2018   

May 16 | Southampton - Outreach Masterclass

May 16 | Preston - Solar energy, past present and future

May 16 | London - NightSeeing™, International Day of Light: London

May 16 | Exeter - Celebration of Day of Light in Exeter city centre

May 16 | London - The Health of Photonics Report: How light based technologies are solving industry challenges - and how they can be harnessed to impact future economic growth

May 17 | Southampton - Public panel session

May 19 | Bristol - Actual Reality - Camera obscura exploration and construction