UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 Logo

Sydney, NSW - On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015 - from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

CUDOS is delighted to announce its official partnership in IYL 2015.

CUDOS will support IYL 2015 directly through becoming a Gold Associate Sponsor of the international activities of the year planned by UNESCO and the IYL community. CUDOS will also contribute to optics outreach on a global scale by contributing to the redesign of the international educational resource OSA Discovery Kit. CUDOS will also participate in the portfolio of activities planned by the International Year of Light program in Australia.

CUDOS Director Prof Ben Eggleton says "CUDOS is delighted to participate in the IYL celebrations and will pay an important leadership role in the Australian context in promoting the important and vital role of photonics and optics in the modern world and the future opportunities offered by CUDOS research."

At the local level, CUDOS plans to deliver lectures, public talks, workshops and other community based events. Watch this space!

Our Supporters

CUDOS is funded by the Australian Research Council under the Centres of Excellence Program , with further support from our seven constituent universities, fifteen partner investigators, and the New South Wales State Government.

News Highlights

Nobel Prize in Chemistry has link to CUDOS research


The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy has a close link to CUDOS research.

Position available


CUDOS is recruiting a postdoctoral position as research associate / research fellow in nonlinear optical phononics.

CUDOS student wins Faculty of Science Research Prize


CUDOS postgraduate research student Matthew Collins has won the Faculty of Science Research Prize 2014.

Yuri Kivshar awarded Lebedev Medal


CUDOS Deputy Director Yuri Kivshar was awarded the Lebedev Medal, a major award of the Rozhdestvensky Optical Society.

CUDOS at CLEO:2014


CUDOS and more than 5,000 attendees made their way to the Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics - CLEO:2014 - at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California held from 8 - 13 June 2014.

In Memoriam: Professor Anatoly P. Sukhorukov


Anatoly P. Sukhorukov, a well-known and highly-respected Soviet/Russian pioneer and innovator in nonlinear optics, passed away on 10 April 2014, at the age of 78.

Research Highlights
Coming Up

19 - 23 October 2014

OSA FiO 2014
Tucson, USA

21 October 2014

Day of Photonics 2014
University of Sydney

20 - 23 October 2014

MWP / APMP 2014
Sapporo, Japan

29 October 2014

Topical Workshop on Nanoplasmonic Integrated Photodetectors
Australian National University, Canberra

30 October 2014

Proactive Career Management Workshop

11 - 14 November 2014

ACP 2014
Shanghai, China

23 - 28 November 2014

KOALA 2014
Adelaide, Australia