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Day of Photonics 2014: Enlightening the Public

BERLIN, March 24, 2014 — The annual Day of Photonics will take place Oct. 21, offering the general public a look at the opportunities the industry offers.

Organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and sponsored by organizations worldwide, the event aims to raise awareness of different aspects of the industry and to educate the public— including public authorities, students, investors and other stakeholders — on its everyday impact.

“EPIC recognizes how essential it is to present the endless opportunities that our industry provides to the general public,” said Drew Nelson, president of EPIC.

Activities and demonstrations will be held in numerous countries to show the applications of the industry, which encompasses fields such as photovoltaic solar energy, lasers, LED lighting, displays and optical communication. The event will communicate the breadth, pervasiveness and importance of these fields and applications, and the continually emerging industry as a whole.

This year’s event is being held on the 31st anniversary of the adoption of the current speed of light value by the General Conference of Weights and Measures. It also will complement the International Year of Light 2015 initiative.

“I am delighted to see the initiative taken by EPIC to promote an industrywide Day of Photonics,” said John Dudley, chairman of the Year of Light Steering Committee. “It feeds in perfectly to our aspirations for 2015 to demonstrate innovation in light technology in a tangible manner and to promote new public industry engagement.”

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