Ibn Al-Haytham Shines in Mexico Closing Ceremony of International Year of Light
Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of the State of Yucatán, Mexico (Photo: Courtesy Salvador Gutiérrez Niño)
1001 Inventions and UNESCO Celebrate Light
Mérida, 6 February 2016: The United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) was brought to an official close with a prestigious ceremony in Mérida, Mexico held on 4-6 February 2016. As a Founding Partner of IYL2015, 1001 Inventions actively participated at the Closing Ceremony celebrating light and its many applications in science and society with special tribute to 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham.
The high-profile ceremony brought together members of the international and scientific community with Nobel laureates, diplomats, decision-makers, science and industry leaders as well as artists from across the globe. The programme of the three-day event included enlightening keynote lectures, plenary talks and workshops covering areas of basic science, technology, development, lighting solutions in society, art and culture, the history of science, education and science policy. The ceremony served as a platform to discuss the achievements of the International Year and how it will continue its success in the future.
John Dudley, Chair of the International Year of Light Steering Committee (Photo: Courtesy Salvador Gutiérrez Niño)
The seminal achievements of the renowned 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham were cited in the message of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. Reference to the crucial role of Ibn al-Haytham and how his work in optics have had a lasting impact on the way we live our lives today was reiterated throughout the Closing Ceremony in talks by UNESCO and IYL2015 leaders as well as other eminent scientists and academics.
The year 2015 marks 1,000 years on the ground-breaking work of Ibn al-Haytham the Book of Optics (Kitab al-Manazir). The pioneering scientific thinker has been widely celebrated during 2015 through the “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” global educational campaign and through other activities organised by diverse organisations around the world.
During the Inaugural Session John Dudley, Chair of the International Year of Light Steering Committee, was presented with the “Ibn Al-Haytham Award for Public Engagement with Science” on behalf of 1001 Inventions and the International Year of Light community.
John Dudley, Chair of the International Year of Light and Hanan Dowidar, Head of Strategic Partnerships of 1001 Inventions (Photo: Courtesy Salvador Gutiérrez Niño)
Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions, said:
The award recognizes John Dudley’s dedication, passion and outstanding achievements leading to the remarkable success of the International Year of Light. John was a driving force and key champion behind the extraordinary global campaign. 1001 Inventions is delighted to contribute to the successes of the International Year of light as we engaged with nearly 25 million people in 2015. We are now receiving massive interest around the world for Ibn Al-Haytham activities and accordingly we plan to continue our Year of Light projects in 2016 and beyond. Through our National Geographic children’s book on Ibn al-Haytham, the short film staring legendary actor Omar Sharif, the music album by the internationally acclaimed singer Sami Yusuf, in addition to interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops and learning materials we will further engage with the public continuing the legacy of the Year of Light.”
In the session titled ‘Science Education and Outreach through Light’, Hanan Dowidar, Head of Strategic Partnerships of 1001 Inventions said:
The success of the International Year of Light must be attributed to the collective efforts by the community that organised thousands of events in 2015 reaching millions of people all over the world. The power of the crowd enabled the fantastic outreach to the public that is core to the success of the Year of Light. 1001 Inventions will continue engaging the public through the Ibn Al-Haytham educational campaign and we hope the community will maintain the momentum and the spirit of collaboration so together we continue to shine beyond 2015.”
Hanan Dowidar, Head of Strategic Partnerships of 1001 Inventions (Photo: Courtesy Salvador Gutiérrez Niño)
The Closing Ceremony also included a film festival, art installations and an extensive outreach programme open to the public. The film festival included screening the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” starring the late legendary actor Omar Sharif in his final cinematic appearance.
About International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies
The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).
In addition to 1001 Inventions, the Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, the Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
Over the last five years, 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 200 million people across the globe. The organization works with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.
1001 Inventions is a founding partner of the United Nation’s proclaimed International Year of Light 2015.
United Nations tribute to Ibn Al-Haytham and 1001 Inventions film screening
International Year of Light celebration and tribute to Ibn Al-Haytham held at UN in New York
New York, 2 February 2016: The United Nations hosted today an event to celebrate the International Year of Light (IYL2015) with a special 1001 Inventions tribute to the remarkable 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham. The celebration was organised as a side event to the 2016 ECOSOC Youth Forum held at the United Nations headquarters on February 1-2.
HRH Duke of York honours International Year of Light and tribute to Ibn al-Haytham
The Royal Society and 1001 Inventions host London schools
London, 27 January 2016: 1001 Inventions, the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics partnered to organise a full day of educational events and celebrations in London today. Hundreds of people including school children and students gathered at the Royal Society to mark the closure of the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL2015) that included a special tribute to the 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham. An evening gala event was honoured with the presence of the Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew, the UK Patron of the International Year of Light.
Muscat Festival Celebrates year of light with “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”
“Ibn Al-Haytham: A Journey of Science from Darkness into Light” to showcase at Al-Amerat Park during Muscat Festival”
The organising committee of the Muscat Festival 2016announced that it will host, from 14 January to 13 February, a new 1001 Inventions production ‘Ibn Al-Haytham: A Journey of Science from Darkness into Light&rsquo celebrating 11th century scientist Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham and his work on optics.
National Geographic and 1001 Inventions Publish “Ibn Al-Haytham” Children’s Book
“Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” introduces young readers to 11th century Arabia’s most enlightened scientist
Washington DC, 19th January 2016: National Geographic Kids and 1001 Inventions announced today a new partnership to publish the book “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” as part of the highly successful National Geographic Kids Readers Series.
Ibn Al-Haytham Show Launches at Muscat Festival
“Ibn Al-Haytham: A Journey of Science from Darkness into Light” to showcase at Al-Amerat Park during Muscat Festival”
The organising committee of the Muscat Festival 2016 announced that it will host, from 14 January to 13 February, a new 1001 Inventions production ‘Ibn Al-Haytham: A Journey of Science from Darkness into Light&rsquo celebrating 11th century scientist Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham and his work on optics.
Sami Yusuf releases music score for 1001 Inventions film
Film soundtrack produced in partnership with 1001 Inventions to ‘shine’ light on harmony and cohesion
London, 20 December 2015: Sami Yusuf, the internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, and award-winning producer Ahmed Salim announced today the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for the short film ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’.
Sami Yusuf releases music album for 1001 Inventions film
The album supports a global Ibn al-Haytham awareness campaign launched by British organisation 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO that is part of United Nations proclaimed ‘International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies’ (IYL2015).
New 1001 Inventions Short Film to World Premiere in Dubai 2015
Ibn Al-Haytham film staring Omar Sharif ready for Dubai World Premier
Dubai – November 10, 2015: The legacy of renowned Egyptian actor Omar Sharif will be celebrated at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this December through the world premiere screening of his last film, ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’. Sharif, whose passing in July saddened the world of film and beyond, came out of retirement to support the short film from award-winning director and producer Ahmed Salim, which will be screened twice at this year’s DIFF. It forms the final part of the 15-strong line-up of films in the Muhr Gulf Shorts category at the Festival.
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Cairo University Celebrates!
Cairo University Celebrates the International Year of Light in Partnership with 1001 Inventions
On 17 November, the Science Heritage Center at Cairo University in collaboration with 1001 Inventions organised a seminar to celebrate International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) and pay tribute to the contributions of Ibn al-Haytham in the field of optics and light.
Library of Alexandria Celebrates!
In Partnership with 1001 Inventions the Library of Alexandria Celebrates the International Year of Light
On 12 November, the Library of Alexandria hosted an International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) celebration. The event was organised in partnership with 1001 Inventions and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
1001 Inventions launches at the China Science Festival
Ibn Al-Haytham mascot and anchor attraction at the 2015 China Science Festival, Beijing
Beijing, 17th July, 2015: China’s largest science festival launched today with the new production “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” as an anchor exhibition. 11th century Arab scholar Ibn al-Haytham was also unveiled as the official mascot of the 2015 China Science Festival.
Omar Sharif’s final film dedicated to his legacy
Actor Omar Sharif’s final film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” has been dedicated to his legacy.
Legendary Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif, who died on Friday 10 July 2015 in a Cairo hospital following a heart attack, still has one more film to be released later this year. British organisation 1001 Inventions is producing a short film that will be the last film for the late actor. Sharif’s leading role in the educational short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” was his final performance.
1001 Inventions To Partner With China’s Biggest Science Festival
China Science Festival to host “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”
Beijing, 26th May 2015: The organizing committee of China’s biggest national Science Festival announced today that it will host “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”, as an anchor attraction of the 2015 China Science Festival, from 17 July to 2 August 2015 at the Beijing Exhibition Center.
Bahrain celebrates ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’
Zedni Ilman, Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 and 2 May 2015
4pm till 10pm on Friday and 12 till 10pm on Saturday. Families in Bahrain are welcomed to join a fun weekend of theatre and science celebrating the 1,000 year anniversary of Ibn Al-Haytham’s work in science. Known to many as the ‘father of optics’, he helped revolutionise experimental science and our understanding of light and vision.
Kuwait Celebrates ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham’
Families and children are welcomed to join a fun weekend event celebrating the 1,000 year anniversary of Ibn Al-Haytham’s work in science. Known to many as the “father of optics”, he helped revolutionise experimental science and our understanding of light and vision.
‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham’ Trailer
Trailer for the short film launching later this year: ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ The creators of 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets bring you a new short film on the work of 11th century scientist Ibn Al-Haytham. “A journey of Science from Darkness into Light”. This trailer is for a short film by producer Ahmed Salim, starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, voice by Khalid Abdalla and music composed by Sami Yusuf. The film will be launched as part of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light 2015 and is produced by 1001 Inventions and the King Abdulaziz Center for World culture in partnership with UNESCO and the International Year of Light 2015.
1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham launches at UNESCO
Opening Ceremony 2015 International Year of Light celebrates 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham with global campaign
Paris, 19th January 2015: Nobel laureates, international dignitaries, leading scientists and representatives from governments, industry and academia were part of the 2,000 guests at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris that witnessed the launch of a global campaign titled “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” to celebrate the scientific achievements of the renowned 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham and his work in optics.
Ibn Al-Haytham to be the focus of the International Year of Light 2015
UNESCO and the International Year of Light 2015 partners with 1001 Inventions for 2015 campaign for Ibn Al-Haytham
The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) is delighted to welcome as Founding Partner the award-winning educational organization 1001 Inventions. British-based 1001 Inventions has the specific mission to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization, and will play a key role during IYL2015 to promote and celebrate the 10th century pioneer Ibn Al-Haytham. Ibn Al-Haytham’s seminal work on optics Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics) was written around 1015, and its 1000th anniversary is listed explicitly in the United Nations resolution on IYL2015 as a focal point of celebration.
UNESCO Announces 1001 Inventions Partnership
1000 Years of Arabic Optics to be a focus of the United Nations proclaimed ‘International Year of Light’ in 2015
Ibn Al-Haytham was a pioneering polymath from Basra (in modern-day Iraq) who lived in the 10th century and is often referred to as the ‘father of modern optics’. He made significant advancements in optics, mathematics and astronomy, and helped lay the foundations of the present day scientific experimental method.
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