The United Nations General Assembly invites organizations and people worldwide to celebrate the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD). The year will officially open on July 8th, 2022, with an opening ceremony taking place in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

IYBSSD has a significant scientific component, with its key aim being to stress the importance of basic science and long-term research to develop the science and technologies that are essential for modern society. We encourage all IDL organizers to co-brand their events with IYBSSD, incorporating messaging related to the importance of sustainable development, and the role that light-based technologies can play.  

In addition to this, IYBSSD recommends that for any event, program, or initiative to be included in the official program it addresses themes on Basic sciences, Inclusivity, Open access, Interdisciplinarity and encourages scientific discussions. More information on the program, submitting a proposal and updates on the schedule of events worldwide can be found on the website:

To register your events with International Day of Light, fill out a simple form via the website and check out a quick guide to help organize events.

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