LIGHT2015 - Lighting the Future Video

We present a video developed by the National University of Galway, Ireland as part of the LIGHT2015 Project which promotes commercial collaboration and investment in Photonics. The aim of the video is to encourage venture capitalists and industry who have not yet invested in Photonics innovation to do so, given the proven track record, impact and economic potential outlined in this production and elsewhere. We hope to inspire everyone about the opportunities for business and growth through the disruptive technologies that Photonics has produced and will continue to into the future. The 21st century is going to be the Era of Photonics, we look forward eagerly and ask you to help shape that future. The video will be subtitled to all EU official languages.

The video was developed by National University Ireland Galway 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 NUI Galway

Founded in 1845, NUI Galway has been an inspiring place to study for 170 years. NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research led university with a commitment to top quality teaching and ranks among the top 2% of Universities in the world, having over 17000 students. Its prestigious history spans almost two centuries while it is situated in a spectacular location boasting the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. It is also at the forefront of Photonics with many successful research groups.

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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.


Sean O Gorman
NUI Galway

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Officer

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator