LIGHTtalk Careers in Photonics to be held in Bulgaria on 11 June 2015

This LIGHTtalk: Careers in Photonics is organized as accompaning event to the National Seminar “Light and the Universe” on 11-12 june 2015, to be held in the city of Jambol, Bulgaria. The event is focused to bring photonics and photonic technologies to the public and especially to students both on high school and university level, and to promote photonics during the International Year of Light (IYL 2015). The LIGHTtalk is organized by the Union of Physicists in Bulgaria and Observatory and Planetarium – Jambol.

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.

The speakers will present inspirational talks on different aspects of careers in photonics, academic research, photonics in medicine, astronomy and space research, small and medium companies. At the end of the day a round table discussion will be organized. The main goals are highlighting the importance of Photonics as a career option and its potential; awareness of cross disciplinarity of Photonics related careers: people with different backgrounds have come to work in photonics; people use photonics to work in different disciplines; promoting careers for women in photonics.

Some accompaning events to the LIGHTtalk will be organized in celebrating IYL2015, to mention the Reporting to the National Essay and Drawing Contest „Light in nature” and Opening of an exhibition of paintings (high school students); or “Sun and light in the worldview of the ancient Thracians” - Visit to the Thracian rock astronomical sanctuary “Zaichi vruh”.

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.


Evgenia Valcheva
Sofia University, Faculty of Physics

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Officer

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator