The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.

The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

One of the International Day of light: Tackling light pollution

Among the objectives of this international day are we can find the raise awareness that technologies and design can play an important role in the achievement of greater energy efficiency, in particular by limiting energy waste, and in the reduction of light pollution, which is key to the preservation of dark skies.

This objective is clearly aligned with the activities that PLAN-B will carry out, as the project aims to provide scientific evidence that will influence the design of policies to mitigate light pollution in European ecosystems.

Other objectives of this day that relate to the project’s activity are to highlight the importance of basic research in the fundamental science of light, the need to invest in light-based technology to develop new applications, and the global need to promote science and engineering careers in these fields.

Many local, national and European institutions join this initiative every year, and dozens of awareness-raising activities will take place throughout the week across Europe.
You can check the calendar of events and activities of the International Day of Light on the official website.