The 2015 World Science Forum highlights the International Year of Light

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be part of the programme of the 2015 World Science Forum (WSF) that is being celebrated in Budapest (Hungary) on 4-7 November.

On November 6th, keynote speakers will provide an overview of the aims the Year and will present several topics to raise awareness of how important the science and technology of light is for humankind, and the many ways in which photonics provides solutions to problems of global importance.

The 2015 WSF is organized under the theme ‘the enabling power of science’, to examine and highlight the many ways in which science improves quality of life for the benefit and advancement of society.

The WSF programme will explore relevant topics linked to the theme and provide a platform for improved dialogue and collaboration between the scientific community, private sector, government and civil society. It also provides opportunities for young scientists and researchers to lead and participate in debates.

On Friday 6 November, there will be a thematic session focused on the International Year of Light. The session will be moderated by the IYL 2015 Steering Committee Chair John Dudley and will provide an overview of the aims and activities of the year and will showcase a selection of events and initiatives that have taken place around the world. It will also provide a short introduction to the other topics that will be presented in the session. The panel will include:

Naomi J Halas (Founding Director of Laboratory for Nanophotonics, Rice University)
Wolfgang Sandner (Director General, ELI-DC International Association The “Extreme Light Infrastructure” ELI)
Claudia Mignone (Astrophysicist , Science Writer and Communicator).  Organized every two years, the forum is one of the world’s major science events.

It brings together over 600 scientists and provides linkages between scientists, industry and policy makers. The 2015 World Science Forum is organized by UNESCO, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). This is the 7th edition of the World Science Forum.

The previous WSF took place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013.

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