The UNESCO Executive Board has enthusiastically supported the proposal to declare an International Year of Light in 2015 . With the initiative and support of Prof. John Dudley, European Physical Society President-Elect, EYESTvzw is part of the International Steering Committee for this global initiative.
The International Year of Light is an Initiative developed from 2009 by the European and African Physical Societies, on behalf of a global partnership of over 40 scientific societies, academies and other institutions, in collaboration with the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). A resolution in favour of the proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light was unanimously approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Executive Council at its 27th General Assembly in London in November 2011. A decision also unanimously in favour of this was approved by the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) at its 19th session in December 2011. The activities of the International Year of Light will be coordinated by an International Steering Committee which will ensure effective action at both national and international levels between a wide range of international partners including learned societies, science and technology platforms, educational institutions, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations etc. Read more about it in the press release from the European Physical Society: http://www.eps.org/news/106324/
EYESTvzw is one among several international organisations coming together in this global partnership. The mission of EYESTvzw is to raise the interest of young people in Science, Engineering and Technology by creating and disseminating educational programs. Currently, EYESTvzw is responsible for the mass distribution of the Photonics Explorer educational kit. With over 300 kits currently distributed and reaching over 15000 students per year, the Photonics Explorer is distributed free of charge to teachers to help them engage, excite and educate students about the fascination of working with light hands-on! By the year 2015, EYESTvzw aims to distribute 10,000 kits and also reach developing nations with global partnerships. Thus EYESTvzw aims to make this educational resource available free of charge to all ages, cultures and socio economic levels and bring the excitement of light and optics to classrooms worldwide!
EYESTvzw is a non-profit organisation which is a spin-off of B-PHOT, VUB.
To find out more about how you can sponsor a kit please visit http://www.eyest.eu/Get-involved