UFA, 12 May 2018. /Bashinform News Agency, Leila Aralbaeva/
In Paris, May 11 - May 16, as part of the first celebration of the International Day of Light, leading scientists will gather to recognize the role of light in everyday life of every person. Researchers and intellectuals will discuss how light technologies can contribute to solving various problems in such areas as medicine, education, agriculture and energy.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azul, will open the celebration event in which famous scientists like Kip Thorne, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017, the California Institute of Technology (USA), Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, France, Khaled Toukan, Director of the Center for the Use of Synchrotron Radiation in Scientific Experiments and Applied Research in the Middle East (SESAME), located near Amman (Jordan).
Within the framework of the Day, there will also be discussions with experts and scientists from all over the world on such key issues as science policy, the perception of the universe and international cooperation. The program of the event also includes cultural events and lighting of the facades of the UNESCO building, demonstration of the latest achievements in the field of photonics and an exhibition devoted to the history of science and light technologies. In 2015, discussions within the International Year of Light underscored the importance of light technologies and the sciences of light for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Within the framework of the Year, several thousand events were organized in 147 countries under the auspices of UNESCO. The Executive Board of UNESCO supported the initiative of the Russian Federation, Ghana, Mexico and New Zealand to declare May 16 the International Day of Light. This decision was approved at the UNESCO General Conference in November 2017.