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Illuminating Life

Illuminating Life

Friday, 11 December, 2015 - 19:30

Rothamsted Research celebrates the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015.

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations, and lead by UNESCO, to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  The aim of IYL 2015 is to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world, while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015, including the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago and discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. 

Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. Light-based technologies at Rothamsted Research have revolutionised the way agricultural research is conducted. To mark this, Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, will hold a public event entitled ‘Illuminating Life’. The event, which is free to attend, will highlight how light science and the application of light-based technologies are central to the work of the Institute’s Bioimaging Unit, and the Field Scanalyzer & UAV crop monitoring team.

The work of scientists in the Bioimaging Unit and the Field Scanalyzer & UAV crop monitoring team is essential to the delivery of the Institute’s strategic research pillars: 20:20 Wheat; Cropping Carbon; Designing seeds for Nutrition and Health; and Delivering Sustainable Systems.

The event will include a Public Meeting and an Exhibition. The Public Meeting will be held in the Fowden Hall of Rothamsted’s Conference Centre on Tuesday 27th October from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Dr Smita Kurup, Head of Bioimaging, will discuss how advances in microscopy have allowed us to capture, and better understand, biological life. Dr Malcolm Hawkesford, Head of the Plant Biology and Crop Science Department, will discuss the use of images to evaluate crop performance. The meeting will end in a Q&A session.

An Exhibition of the work of the Bioimaging Unit, and the Field Scanalyzer & UAV research, will be held in the Plaza of Rothamsted’s Conference Centre from 5.30pm Tuesday 27th October to 5.30pm Thursday 29th October. Members of the public are welcome to visit the exhibition during working hours (9.00am to 5.30pm) on the 28th and 29th.

On the evening of Tuesday 27th October, Rothamsted Research will launch a children and young adults Photo-Story Competition called Illuminating Life: Personal Encounters’. We invite submissions to the competition via a dedicated webpage (see above right link) from Wednesday 28th October. The competition closes on Monday 30th November, with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday 6th December.


Registration has now closed for this event

Event Organiser: Erin O'Rourke