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 play 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.

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

Spectacular Sydney Fireworks mark the beginning of International Year of Light


A giant lightbulb that illuminated the Sydney Harbour Bridge shortly after midnight on 1 January 2015, kicked off the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies.

Professor Yuri Kivshar awarded prestigious Medal and Prize


Yuri Kivshar, CUDOS Deputy Director and Head of the ANU Non Linear Physics Centre, was awarded the Harrie Massey Medal and Prize at the recent AIP conference for his work in the field of nonlinear optics, metamaterials and metadevices.

OSA recognises CUDOS postdoctoral researcher as 2015 Outstanding Young Professional


OSA has awarded CUDOS Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Alvaro Casas Bedoya as the 2015 Outstanding Young Professional.

CUDOS Director appointed to IEEE Photonics Society Board


Congratulations to Professor Ben Eggleton, CUDOS Director, who was recently elected to the IEEE Photonics Society’s Board of Governors.

CUDOS student wins Best Oral Presentation Prize at KOALA-IONS 2014


CUDOS postgraduate research student Tomonori Hu has won the Best Oral Presentation Prize at the recent KOALA-IONS in Adelaide.

Industrious KOALAs


IONS KOALA, held over one week in November at the University of Adelaide introduced an ‘Industry Night’ for the first time this year.

Research Highlights
Coming Up

11 - 14 November 2014

ACP 2014
Shanghai, China

23 - 28 November 2014

KOALA 2014
Adelaide, SA

2 - 5 December, 2014

OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress
Canberra, ACT

4 - 5 December 2014

OPTIC 2014
Taichung, Taiwan

4 - 5 December 2014

2nd International Workshop on Hyperbolic Metamaterials
Australian National University, Canberra

7-11 December 2014

AIP 2014
Canberra, ACT

13-16 December 2014

Photonics 2014
Kharagpur, India