Lightfest commemorated IYL 2015 in the UK with over 12,000 participants

On 25 September, the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies together with the Library of Birmingham and Flatpack Film Festival hosted the Lightfest science festival – an interactive science exhibition exploring the science of light – in Brimingham (UK) to celebrate Aston University’s forthcoming 50th anniversary and the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). The event was hosted at the Library of Birmingham, Europe’s largest public library. Over 12,000 attendees visited the Lightfest.

Over 30 unique demonstrations involving light science were presented, such as an animatedLED cube, laser cutters, holograms making and light painting workshops and other colourful and exciting games. The laser harp, which has no strings, was in a great demand too.

The event was celebrated during the IYL 2015 Weekend of Light and was funded by the European Researchers Night, a Marie Sklodowska Curie initiative, part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme. The Researcher Night Initiative is designed to bring scientists and researchers closer to the general public. This science festival showcased how photonics impacts our everyday life and demonstrated what researchers do in their laboratories.
Professor Sergei Turitsyn, the head of Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies said: “Throughout the day we have seen a lot of happy and excited children’s faces. We hope that they will remember the joy and the fun of the day and hopefully, in a couple of year’s time, this tiny sparkle will influence their career decisions and we will get more enthusiastic young scientists”.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in the UK, please visit the IYL 2015 UK National website.v

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