Canada celebrates 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

Events in Canada

Submit your event

Report on the success of your event


Order your IYL Canada T-shirt

mugs, beer steins, tie and other swag!

Host a 'Light Day'

Organize an event, and take photo of your group wearing/holding your IYL Canada swag. 

Send your photo to the CAP office (cap [at] uottawa [dot] ca), and we'll post it on the website/social media.

Physics in Canada v.71

Celebrating Light at the CAP Congress 2015

Brand your event with this IYL Canada logo

Special light-related talks in 2015 CAP Lecture Tour

Art of Physics   First place (IYL category) winner featured in Actualié

Light Matters Canada
A blog celebrating Canadian research on light & light-based technologies

Submit your research to canadaiyl [at] gmail [dot] com

ResourcesCanadian photonic kit
100 Hands-on Activities
Download Posters

LIGHT Illuminated

is a special exhibit at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, Ontario, presented in partnership with the University of Waterloo, UW's student chapter of The Optical Society, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Christie Digital and more.

Student developed websiteAnne-Sophie Poulin Girard & Eric Mills

International Association of Physics Students has designated November 10th as IYL School Day.

About us

2015 is celebrated world-wide as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.  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 light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

Canadian Physicists are celebrating IYL 2015 with great fanfare.  The opening ceremonies were held in Paris, January 19-20, 2015.  Many groups around Canada such as CLS, COPL, CPIC, Science Museums, etc. are planning activities related to light.  Please join in the celebration.  If you have an event/event series that you are planning, please promote it by submitting your event at the link above. 

The Closing Ceremony of IYL will be taking place in Mérida Yucatán, Mexico. 2016 February 4-6.

Chitra Rangan, Ph.D.
Chair, CAP Committee for International Year of Light 2015

canadaiyl [at] gmail [dot] com