On the evening of May 16th, 2018, (the anniversary of the first successful laser operation in 1960 by Theodore Maiman), the UNESCO headquarters, close to the Eiffel Tower, will light up in grand style to complete a full day of this flagship event involving over 64 countries.
Organised by an International scientific steering committee chaired by Professor John Dudley, it will kick start hundreds of regional and national activities around the world, which will celebrate an appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture, the arts, education and sustainability; all aiming to achieve UNESCO‘s goals in fields as diverse as medicine, agriculture, astronomy, communications and light based technologies.
Keynote speakers will include Nobel laureates theoretical physicist Kip Thorne (left), French physicist Claude Cohen Tannoudji (right), with a contribution from Maria Teresa Ruiz.
The day will also include round table discussions, light displays and exhibitions. Cypriot-born soprano Katerina Mina will perform at the opening and closing sessions of the Inauguration Ceremony singing two pieces of new music by English (Greater Manchester) songwriter Linda Lamon. Katerina will be wearing bespoke gowns created exclusively for the event by fashion designer Victoria Sarri.
The songs will be included on an EP, recorded by Katerina at Airtight Studios in Manchester and produced by Nigel Stonier. Nature’s Universe, which also contains three other tracks with lyrics mainly based on science and nature, can be pre-ordered for download on May 16th:
Visit Linda’s account with Music Glue to register with an email address for updates on the release date.
“Look to the Universe combines in a remarkable way the beauty of music and the many themes of science,” says John Dudley, chair of the International Day of Light steering committee.
It is not too late for communities, schools or organisations to create your own International Day of Light science or arts event (can be any date within the year), or become a supporting partner for this global initiative.
Resources and information are listed on the main International Day of Light website: