LIGHTtalk: Lighting the Future event to be held in Wales on 16 June 2015

In celebration of the International Year of Light the Welsh Opto-electronics Forum is partnering with the LIGHT2015 project to organize a LIGHTtalk aimed to entrepreneurs, the ‘Bright Lights and Engineering’ / ‘Golau Llachar a Pheirianneg ‘event on Tuesday 16 June in the OpTIC Centre, St Asaph, North Wales. Collaborating in this event are also the IOP, Knowledge Transfer Network, Glyndŵr University and The Engineering and Science Group North Wales.

LIGHTtalks are inspirational events with live presenters from the scientific and industrial communities speaking about different aspects of photonics, in a predefined format, to promote the importance of photonic technologies to the public. Particular targets are students, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, highlighting photonics as a driver of entrepreneurship and industry. The LIGHT2015 Consortium has a specific focus on promoting photonics among women.

This event will show how light is used in engineering applications as well as showcase innovations in Wales where light is used in manufacturing. The event will draw attendees from manufacturing businesses who will gain an opportunity to enhance their appreciation of light based technologies and how they can be applied to manufacturing and hence spur entrepreneurial efforts in extant companies. The meeting will also be open to students and graduates who are attracted by opportunities within start-up companies as well as in spinning out enterprises using photonics technologies. The programme of the event will also be of interest to members of academic and professional institutions as well as the general public. This event will also showcase job prospects for graduates.

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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.


Susan Sheridan
Welsh Opto-electronics Forum

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Officer

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator