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International Year of Light 2015 opens new dimensions in optics and photonics education
Author(s): Dan Curticapean

Paper Abstract

The United Nations have declared 2015 as the International Year of Light (IYL2015) and light-based technologies [1]. As a main result, the public interest is focused on both the achievements and the new frontiers of optics and photonics. This opens up new perspectives in the teaching and training of optics and photonics. In the first part of the paper, the author presents the numerous anniversaries occurring in the International Year of Light 2015 together with their importance to the development of science and technology. In the second part, we report on an interactive video projection at the opening ceremony of the IYL2015 in Paris on January 19-20, 2015. Students of Offenburg University have established an interactive video projection which visualizes Twitter and Facebook messages posted with the hashtag #iyl2015 in a mapping technique. Thus, the worldwide community can be interactively part of the opening ceremony. Finally, upcoming global community projects related to optics and astronomy events are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 979308 (8 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223056
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Dan Curticapean, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9793:
Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015

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