Videos: Paris speakers pay tribute to light
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