A Year of IYL 2015 activities in Hungary

The grand series of events organised in Hungary to commemorate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) is coming to an end, with only a couple of exciting events due in the autumn. Here is a summary of the past events and the programs highlights.

Hungary has joined the initiative and had its opening ceremony in February where academician Róbert Kroó, the president of the programmme committee for the IYL 2015 spoke about the significance of the five main pillars of the distinguished year, namely – science, education, industry, arts and international relations.

In the middle of April the Roland Eötvös Physical Society (ELFT) organised all around the country spectacular demonstrations and experiments in Physics such as the “walking rainbow‟ and many more exciting shows for the visitors in more than thirty towns on the opening day of the series of programs called “Physics – we all own it”.

The event was kick-started at the ELTE Lágymányos Campus by Prof. Kroó.

During the months that have passed since, schools, research centres and exhibition halls have organised a great lot of activities at several hundred locations for those interested.

In the spring, nature came to help out the organisers because on March 20th a whole country or even a whole continent had the chance to see a partial solar eclipse.

Less than a week passed and another festive opportunity rose for the Physics’ lovers: the European Physical Society (EPS) inaugurated a memorial site for Physics to honour Jenő Wigner, a Nobel Prize Winner physicist in his beloved high school, the Fasori Evangélikus Gimnázium. This was the first EPS-memorial site inaugurated on school grounds.

The Light Relay event in May was an exciting experiment in which a light signal sparked from Szeged was passed on through fifteen settlements drawing a huge circular path only to return to the point of initialisation.

A great number of students and voluntary people took part in the event and transferred the light signal by using various devices, such as lasers, firing signalling rockets, etc. to its next station.

An exhibition to open on November 10 will feature the best pictures of the contestants of a thematic photographic contest in the subject of the international year of light at the headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

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