The Islamic Golden Age of light science for today's knowledge-based Society: The Ibn Al-Haytham example

International conference, 14-15 September 2015. Venue: Room II, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France


 Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir
Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir, a revision of Ibn Al-Haytham's book of optics (708 H.E./1309 A.D.)
Adilnor Collection.

Programme - Day 1

14 September 2015

08:00-10:00 | Registration

10:00-10:45 | Inaugural Session

Moderator: Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

John Dudley, President of the Steering Committee of the IYL2015

H.E. Mohamed Amr, Ambassador, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO

H.E. Ziad Aldrees, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO

H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Qasim Al-Thani, Founder and Chairman of the Al Faisal Without Borders Foundation


10:45-12:40 | Session 1: History guiding the future, example of Ibn Al-Haytham

Moderator: Maciej Nalecz, Director of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building

The Ibn Al-Haytham Scientific Programme
Roshdi Rashed,  Director Emeritus of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Major Initiatives to revitalize S&T for development in the Arab World
Mohamad Mrayati (Syria), Senior Adviser on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development – UNDESA

Light and Vision before Ibn Al-Haytham. The Perspective of early Islamic Theology
Josef van Ess (Germany), Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies and Semitic Languages at the University of Tübingen

SESAME: The First Synchrotron Light-Source in the Middle-East and Neighbouring Regions
Gihan Kamel (Egypt), Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME)

Opening of the Ibn Al-Haytham Exhibition (Hall Room I)

14:30-16:00 | Session 2: Light-based technologies for the future

Moderator: John Dudley, President of the International Year of Light Steering Committee

The relevance of LED lighting for sustainable development
Harry Verhaar (Netherlands), Head of Global Public & Government Affairs Philips Lighting
Eugene Arthurs (USA), CEO of the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Renewable Energy: Challenges and Perspectives
Osman Benchikh, Chief of Section “Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering”, UNESCO

16:30-18:00 | Session 3: Education and Investment in Science &Technology

Moderator: Osman Benchikh, Chief of Section: Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering, UNESCO

Scientific Translation: A Tool from Shadow to Light
Abdul Aziz Alswailem, (Saudi Arabia) Vice President for Scientific Research Support, KACST

CERN and SESAME - beacons of light for education
Rolf Landua, Head of the Education Group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Active Learning, Technology and STEM Education
Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan (Canada) Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

White Paper on Optics and Photonics
Ibn Al-Haytham Working Group

18:00-18:15 | Session 4: The legacy of the Ibn Al-Haytham Conference

Presentation of the Grant project.