“International Day Of Light” celebrated at INL

May 18, 2023

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory welcomed, this week, microscopy enthusiasts, researchers at all career stages, engineers, and university students, especially from science and engineering areas, to celebrate the International Day of Light (#IDL2023).

The International Day of Light is a global initiative of UNESCO that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and its role in reaching sustainable development goals related to education, equality, and peace.

On this special day, we opened our microscopy facilities to the interested public, together with many other microscopy platforms across Portugal, in the frame of the MicroDia’23 initiative organised by the Portuguese Platform of Bioimaging (PPBI), and had a unique celebration fuelled with inspirational talks, a quiz, networking and live demos.

This event will be organised by Jana Nieder, Research group leader of the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics and Head of the Nanophotonics and Bioimaging facilities at INL.  According to Jana ‘fascinating microscopy images that can support the development of medical therapeutics and diagnostics, as well as quantum photonics technologies were shown by our speakers and could even be witnessed at live demo experiments. An inspiring excursion into the versatility of light-based technologies. The International Day of Light is shedding light on the versatility of light-based technologies. Each year it brings a diverse and inspired community of external visitors and INLers together to learn, to explore synergies, and to spend inspiring moments together, in which new ideas are being born.