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2019 UNESCO-ICTP Illuminating Education Conference

The Illuminating Education conference is the Flagship Celebration of the International Day of Light 2019 held at the UNESCO Category 1 Institute ICTP in Trieste on 16 May 2019.


Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, from inspiring science to practical career advice. The conference keynote speaker is ICTP Distinguished Lecturer Sir Michael Berry from the University of Bristol who will present Optica fantastica - images to illuminate the physics of light, a topic is ideally suited to engage interest and promote science outreach to the public of all ages.


Other presentations will see a wide range of leading international speakers discuss diverse subjects such as light and development, international collaborations, issues relating to light and science education in general, career development and more. 

Other confirmed speakers include:

   Amna Abdalla Mohammed Khalid (Next Einstein Forum)

   Brian Liebel (Illuminating Engineering Society)

   Cather Simpson (University of Auckland)

   Jess Wade (Imperial College London)

   Rachel Won (Nature Photonics). 

Additional presentations will be given by representatives from the International Astronomical Union, UNESCO-ICTP, and a real highlight will be a Student Session where a number of students from the international networks of our partners EPS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IAPS and other partners will discuss issues both of how they promote science outreach, and how they see their careers in science developing in the future. 

The full event programme can be found here.

Travel Information:

General advice about visiting ICTP is available here.

Local hotel information is available here.

Registration can be accessed here.

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