The Islamic Golden Age of Light science for today's knowledge-based Society

When, local time: 
Monday, 14 September 2015 - 8:00am to Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Mr. Jean Paul Ngome-Abiaga Email: jj.ngome-abiaga@unesco.org

As part of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, UNESCO will host an international conference from 14-15 September 2015 at its Paris Headquarters focusing on the accomplishments of the Islamic civilization in its Golden Age (VIII-XVth century) and the life and works of Ibn Al Haytham, whose pioneering Book of Optics (Kitāb al-Manāẓir) was published around 1000 years ago in c. 1028.
As part of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, UNESCO will host an international conference from 14-15 September 2015 at its Paris Headquarters focusing on the accomplishments of the Islamic civilization in its Golden Age (VIII-XVth century) and the life and works of Ibn Al Haytham, whose pioneering Book of Optics (Kitāb al-Manāẓir) was published around 1000 years ago in c. 1028.

Renowned speakers in the history of science and international experts in research, technology and education will present talks over two days to provide decision-makers, scientists and the public with new historical insights and informed discussion and debate of the current trends and challenges of research and education in Arab and Islamic countries and other countries worldwide.

A co-located exhibition will showcase replicas and facsimiles of documents and works of scholars from the Islamic Golden Age, and will also feature an exceptional piece – a seventeenth century microscope built by Leeuwenhoek – for its scientific and historical value. This Leeuwenhoek microscope will be exhibited to public for the first time during the Ibn Al-Haytham Conference.