International Day of Light History
The International Day of Light (IDL) is an annual celebration that invites people from all walks of life to recognise and appreciate the critical role that light, in its various forms, plays in our everyday lives. This day aims to promote the awareness, understanding and applications of light-related sciences and technologies which contribute significantly to sustainable development goals, enhancing humanitarian efforts, and improving the education, communications, and health sectors across the globe.
First launched in 2018 by UNESCO, IDL is an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and appreciate our advancements in light-based technologies through conferences, exhibits, and educational events, as well as to foster an appreciation for natural manifestations of light, such as the sun and the stars. The date of the event, May 16th, was chosen in commemoration of the first successful operation of the laser, a crucial and transformative light-based technology, by physicist Theodore Maiman in 1960.
This year, the United Kingdom will once again join the international community to celebrate the International Day of Light on May 16th. By participating in this event, the UK reiterates its commitment to furthering research and innovation in the field, sharing knowledge and resources to improve the lives of future generations, and acknowledging the true potential and importance of light in our world.
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References and related siteswww.lightday.org: International Day of Light www.unesco.org: International Day of Light facts.net: Facts about Light