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International Year of Light in Scotland


The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. The Year will highlight the importance of light and optical technologies in our lives, for our futures and for the development of our society.

During the Year of Light, Scotland will showcase its world-leading research into photonics and other related technologies, its dynamic optoelectronics and lighting industry, and its contribution to the historical discoveries of light. In doing so we aim to inspire young people to pursue higher education study, to promote the public understanding of science, and to demonstrate the value of light-based technologies to the economy.

This website will be used to list events celebrating the International Year of Light 2015 across Scotland. You can also find out about more the Year of Light in the UK here, and discover what’s happening around the world on the international website.

Maxwell's Torch - from Lightfest in Birmingham to Explorathon in Glasgow on 25th September

The 25th September was a special day for the International Year of Light, with celebrations across the UK, including Lightfest in Birmingham and Explorathon in Scotland. Maxwell's Torch was present at both events to mark the life of James Clerk Maxwell and celebrate the International Year of Light. The Torch was presented to Dame Julia King at the Library of Birmingham before making the ~300 mile journey to the Glasgows Science Centre where it was presented to Professor Martin Hendry.