International Year of Light






OPTIC 2014




OPTIC 2014 - Optics & Photonics Taiwan, International Conference

Optics & Photonics Taiwan, the International Conference (OPTIC) 2014 will be held at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, from 4-5 December 2014. The conference itself, formerly known as Optics & Photonics Taiwan (OPT), is also the largest annual meeting on optics/photonics in Taiwan, with an expected attendance of more than 1500 people from academia, government, and industry nationwide. As the revenue of Taiwan Photonics industry reached more than US$76 billion in 2012, according to Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association, it is expected that the revenue will continue to grow in 2014.


Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Starting from 1990, the Tourism Bureau integrated civilian and local governmental resources to conduct the event to celebrate the Lantern Festival ( the 15th day of the 1st month in the lunar calendar) and the end of the Chinese New Year. The purpose of the festival is to spread the traditional folklore festival. It is also known as the Yuan Xiao Festival.

Link: Event in Taiwan

United Nations proclaims an International Year of Light in 2015

Championed by scientific organizations around the world including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, IYL2015 will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and celebrate significant scientific anniversaries occurring in 2015.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health, organizers said.

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SPIE Optics & Photonics (August 17th~21st, 2014)

Taiwan IYL Committee invited to present the whole-year activity plan in 2014 SPIE annual meeting (August, 18th)



The largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America. Hear the latest research in optical engineering and applications, solar energy, nanotechnology, and organic photonics.

August 17, 2014 - August 21, 2014
San Diego, United States