The International Day of Light (IDL) is celebrated annually on the 16th of May. This year’s celebration will focus on the ‘International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022′ and other United Nations’ events aligning with the objectives of IDL.
2022 marks the fifth edition of the International Day of Light (IDL). https://www.lightday.org.
IDL is a global initiative by UNESCO celebrated annually on the 16th of May, focusing on the significance of light and its role in science, art, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development in diverse fields, that help achieve UNESCO’s goals – education, equality, and peace.
2022 Day of Light
This year IDL also focuses on the UN International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022 & UN International Year Of Glass, the success of the James Webb Space Telescope and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which in a broad sense align with the objectives of IDL.
The registration of events for IDL 2022 is now open https://tinyurl.com/
Beneath is a message from members of the 2022 IDL steering committee…
Dear IDL Supporters,
Please let us start by wishing you all the best for 2022, and it is our pleasure to introduce the first International Day of Light (IDL) newsletter for the year. We are enthusiastically developing our plans, and are already receiving event registrations from around the world. As you will see from the content of this newsletter, a lot is going on!
Since 2022 will be the fifth edition of the International Day of Light, this is a good time to review what has been achieved since its inauguration in 2018. The infographic below highlights the worldwide extent of activities over the last four years, and there is no comparable international outreach action that brings together so many partners around the common theme of light in science and culture.
Registration and event calendar
We are welcoming the registration of events for this year, and our event calendar is already starting to fill up! In 2022, the International Day of Light falls on a Monday, and so we are suggesting a strong global focus during the period of 15-22 May. In fact, as we describe below, the evening of 15-16 May sees a total lunar eclipse in many parts of the world, and this can be a great way to bring in even more participants with observation events.
Of course, we remain completely flexible, and events celebrating light at all other times of the year can also be recognized as part of the International Day of Light! Some of the events that have already been registered are described below, and we’ll be delighted to highlight anything you may have planned if you let us know.
Resources and quick guide
Don’t hesitate to pre-register dates and add a short description now, even if you may need to modify some details later. The secretariat team is always ready to help. And please take advantage of our resources such as logos and videos and speaker lists that you can integrate into your events. And if this is the first time you are organising an activity, our quick guide is a great starting point.
An important continuing goal of the International Day of Light is to promote the role of women in science, and a great chance to get involved early in 2022 is by supporting the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Friday, February 11. See below to learn about some of the ways that members of the IDL community promote awareness of and address this important issue.
#LightDay2022 and #IDL2022
As we begin our planning, we encourage you all to continue following and engaging with our social media channels using the hashtags #LightDay2022 and #IDL2022, and through the official channels: @IDLOfficial on Twitter, @DayOfLight2022 on Instagram, and the @InternationalDayOfLight on Facebook. And once again, we acknowledge the continued commitment and support from the Steering Committee and other partners.
In this regard, we would like to add a special welcome to the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) who have just joined as an Endorsing Partner – you can learn more about them in the news item below. More general information about our partnership and how to get involved is here.
IDL Communications Coordinator
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