International Day of Light

First Annual International Day of Light (IDL)

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Location: Paris, France


The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace. May 16 is the anniversary of the first successful operation of a laser in 1960.

The CAP is happy to announce that it will be sending Kate Fenwick of Queen’s University to be the Canadian representative for the International Association of Physics Students delegation that will be volunteering at the May 16, 2018 UNESCO celebration in Paris, France to launch the first Annual International Day of Light (IDL).  Kate will have the opportunity to work alongside many physics students from around the world to help celebrate and explain the importance of light and light based technologies at that event.

Kate is an MSc student with Dr. James Fraser working with light-matter interactions.  Not only is Kate deeply invested in her studies, she is also passionate about scientific outreach and is an active member of Robogals North America which promotes inclusivity and diversity in STEM.  She was a co-chair of the 2018 CCUWiP conference held at the beginning of January at Queen’s University.

IDL Sponsors

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