Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

May 16 Marks Int'l Day of Light

Thu 16 May 2024 | 11:56 AM
Ahmed Emam

The International Day of Light is an annual event that takes place on May 16. This year, it falls on a Thursday. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness about the importance of light and to explore ways to promote scientific collaboration and the use of light-based technologies for innovation, creativity, and sustainable societies.

The International Day of Light encourages individuals from various sectors, including science, technology, art, and culture, to come together and apply light and light-based technology to achieve the goals set by UNESCO. 

According to UNESCO's official website, this day serves as a reminder to strengthen scientific cooperation and utilize its potential to foster peace and sustainable development.

In 1960, Physicist and Engineer Theodore Maiman successfully operated the first laser. To commemorate this achievement, the International Day of Light was established and has been observed annually on May 16. 

The United Nations recognized the importance of light science and light-based technologies in 2015, leading to the adoption of the resolution by UNESCO in 2016 to celebrate the International Day of Light each year. The first observance of the International Day of Light took place in 2018.