LIGHT2015 - Careers in Photonics Video

We are delighted to present a video developed by Politecnico di Milano within the LIGHT2015 Project to promote the importance of photonics in careers, with short explanations by scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals working in photonics. The aim of the video is to encourage young students, especially women, to pursue careers in photonics, making the career choice attractive to students seeking challenges and the possibility for future development and to provide inspiration to look at photonics as a career to follow. The video will be subtitled to all EU official languages.

The four-minute video shows experiences of professionals working in fields related to photonics in Europe. Speakers are from all over Europe, speaking in their local languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian and Dutch. We believe this video will create proximity between the viewer and the photonics’ professionals, humanizing a discipline that is often viewed by society as a cold technology.

This video is already on the process to be translated and subtitle in all EU official languages and it will be freely available for everyone to use. It has already been showcased during the recent LASER World of Photonics Congress that was held in Munich, Germany, on 21-25 June, one of the biggest conferences in the field of photonics around the world.

The video will be used to open the LIGHTtalks: Career in Photonics events that are going to be replicated around Europe within the LIGHT2015 Project. You can find more information here.

The video was developed by Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, Photonics21, the European Centres for Outreach in Photonics (ECOP), the European Optical Society (EOS) and the European Physical Society (EPS).

About Politecnico di Milano

The Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 40,000 students. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan. Politecnico maintains several relations with foreign universities and offers a wide range of international projects for student exchange. Politecnico has a long history of research. It participates to European and international networks of scientific research. Many scientists working in the university have received awards and recognition by the scientific community. Politecnico di Milano is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in each of its disciplines.

About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 activities will include LIGHTtalks, a series of inspirational events, which will take place throughout the European Union in different cities at different times for the whole duration of the project in order to bring photonics closer to students and entrepreneurs. A specific series of events targeted to local industry and entrepreneurs, will take place during the period 25-28 September 2015 to take advantage of the international “100 Hours / Weekend of Light” of the global IYL 2015 programme.

Another highlight of LIGHT2015 will be a community experiment on smartphone photonics where thousands of participants from throughout the EU will carry out optical measurements of the sky to yield information related to air pollution. To aid teachers and to inspire student, Photonics kits will be distributed to schools around Europe to support the scientific education at secondary schools.

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.


Dario Polli
LIGHT2015 Coordinator at Polimi

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Officer

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator