International Year of Light in Wales is launched

16 February 2015

The International Year of Light (IYOL) was launched in Wales at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff on 5 February.

International Year of Light in Wales

The venue is adjacent to the Senedd, where the National Assembly for Wales meets, and Edwina Hart, minister for the economy, science and transport in the Welsh government, (pictured) and Prof. Julie Williams, chief scientific adviser for Wales, both spoke at the launch.

Other speakers included Karin Burger, manager (Europe) at SPIE Europe, which serves scientists, engineers and companies involved in light-based science and its applications, and Louise Jones, a knowledge transfer manager at the Knowledge Transfer Network.

There were brief addresses from Beth Taylor, who chairs the IYOL UK national committee, and IOP fellow Prof. Alan Shore, Professor of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, who played a key part in organising the event.

Several companies and organisations involved in the photonics industry, culture and research were present as exhibitors or observers, and the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor offered a hands-on experience of photonics to those who took part. One of the aims of the event was to highlight the quality of research going on in Wales and the strategic importance of light.

The international launch for IYOL took place in Paris on 19-20 January and the year was launched in the UK on 28 January by HRH the Duke of York.

Further details about IYOL are on the IYOL international website and the IYOL UK website.