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Videos: Paris speakers pay tribute to light

An array of "luminaries" helped to launch the International Year of Light in Paris. These highlight presentations cover the diverse aspects of light.

10 February 2015, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/3.201502.01
UNESCO headquarters hosted the International Year of Light kickoff in Paris, January 2015.

The opening ceremony of the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL 15) was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 19-20 January.

A program of speakers spoke about light from many angles -- from Nobel Prize-winning research to grass-roots illumination providing light for remote villages at night.

Following are links to some of the keynote talks presented in Paris.

Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology): Light and Life

Steven Chu (Stanford University): Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities

France A. Cordova (National Science Foundation): NSF: Investing in Discovery-Based Research

Charles Falco (University of Arizona): Ibn Al-Haytham's Contributions to Optics and Renaissance Art

William D. Phillips (University of Maryland and NIST): Einstein, Time, and Light

Serge Haroche (College de France): Light and the Quantum

Zhores Alferov (Russian Academy of Sciences): Efficient Light Conversion and Generation

Alain Aspect (Institut d'Optique): Single and Entangled Photons: At the Heart of the Quantum Revolutions

Bernard Kress (Google [X] Labs): Optical Technologies at Google for a Brighter Future

Brian Wilson (University Health Network Biophotonics): Light and Health: How Biophotonics Can Help in the Fight Against Disease

Sune Svanberg (Lund University): Light and Nobel -- The Fascination of Science

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