CUDOS celebrated the Day of Photonics 2014

30-10-2014

More than 60 people joined the celebration of the Day of Photonics at Sydney University’s School of Physics, organised by CUDOS.

More than 60 people accepted the invitation from CUDOS to celebrate the inaugural Day of Photonics. The Day of Photonics is an international event that promotes photonics and its impact on our day-to-day life. CUDOS’ Sydney node used this occasion to acknowledge the recent Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and to raise awareness of the global initiative that is the International Year of Light (IYL) 2015.

Audience at Photonics Day

Audience at the Day of Photonics

Associate Professor Boris Kuhlmey from the University of Sydney and Dr James Downes from Macquarie University presented two mini-lectures. The talks addressed the science behind the recent Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry that were awarded in the field of photonics and optics, and provided a historical and societal perspective.

The session concluded with a brief talk by Professor Benjamin Eggleton, Director of CUDOS, about the key themes of the IYL 2015 and the activities being planned by the Centre, a gold Associate sponsor, as part of this global initiative. Eggleton strongly encouraged the audience to contribute to the IYL 2015: “If you would like to be involved in planning or if you have some amazing ideas to make a contribution to the International Year of Light, then please leave your comments and details on our website.”

As the Opening Ceremony of IYL 2015 will take place in January 2015 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in the iconic Fontenoy building, the celebration of the Day of Photonics ended with a glass of champagne and an authentic croissant from the St Germaine Bakery in the School of Physics foyer.

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Day of Photonics celebration

The celebration ended with a glass of champagne and croissants in the School of Physics foyer