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Terrassa to hold the 2020 Central IDL Event in Spain


Update from event organizers on 30 March 2020: "We regret to announce that, due to the current health situation proposed by Covid-19, we consider it necessary and appropriate to postpone the Central Event in Spain of the International Day of Light, which was due to be held in Terrassa from May 13-16, 2020. The event will be rescheduled and a date confirmed as soon as authorities can guarantee the health and safety of all the participants in the programmed activities."


The Spanish Committee for the IDL has accepted the proposal put forward by the School of Optics and Optometry (FOOT) of the Technical University of Catalonia (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - UPC), and it is with great pleasure that the city of Terrassa will hold the Central IDL Event in Spain in 2020.

The organizers of this event want to give special emphasis to Light, Vision and Visual Health, taking advantage of the fact that the year 2020 coincides the nomenclature 20/20, which is commonly used to designate normal visual acuity in common eye examinations.
The celebration of this Central Event will run from Friday 15 May to Saturday 16 May. In keeping with the spirit of the IDL, the Local Organizing Committee is programming a set of activities related to light to show its transversal impact in all areas and to reach a broad audience.

Numerous people have already been involved in the preparation of activities for this event, from Faculty teachers and students of the FOOT and the Terrassa Campus of the UPC, as well as various companies and institutions of the city and its surroundings. On the morning of 15 May 2020, a variety of workshops and visits will be offered to elementary, secondary, high school and professional training students in order for them to simultaneously participate in the realization of these activities that will focus on light and its technologies as a common theme.

In addition to this, a variety of conferences are being scheduled on 15-16 May. They will be focused on diverse fields, from the technological innovations of the late nineteenth century in the entertainment industry and the current challenges in the development of new materials or in biomedical applications, to recent issues in visual health.

Follow the #IDL2020 celebrations in Spain on their Twitter and Instagram pages.



Elisabet Perez-Cabre

School of Optics and Optometry – Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

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