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‘Leading Lights’ of science to meet in Manchester

The University of Manchester will host a prominent international conference on the science of light this summer, bringing an estimated economic benefit of £1.1 million to the city.  
The 28th Session of the International Commission on Illumination - also known as the CIE from its French title, the Commission Internationale de l´Eclairage - will see upwards of 500 scientists from around the world meet in the University’s flagship conference venue, University Place, from 28 June to 4 July 2015.


CIE is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology. Held every four years, the quadrennial conference has taken place at destinations around the globe – most recently in Sun City, South Africa in 2011, Beijing in 2007 and San Diego in 2003.  

The conference will take place during the United Nations’ International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). The UN has recognised the importance of raising global awareness about how Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science – be it in medicine, communication, cultural or economic aspects of the global society.  

The congress was secured via a competitive bid process which took place over a number of years.

The National Committee, CIE-UK, supported by Marketing Manchester and The University of Manchester’s conference office, submitted a bid at the conference in Sun City, South Africa in 2011.  

Professor Ann Webb, Associate Dean at The University of Manchester, current President of CIE and Manchester Conference Ambassador, commented:   “Manchester’s bid was a case-study in collaboration. With assistance from Marketing Manchester and The University of Manchester Conferences & Venues, CIE-UK produced a compelling and professional bid which positioned Manchester as the ideal city to host the conference.”

“Our bid gained overwhelming support, and I am very proud to announce that the next Session of CIE will be in my home city of Manchester. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in light and lighting, from backgrounds in art or science, to come together and discuss their interests with like-minded people from around the globe.”

Scientific meetings look set to play a significant role over the next two years – appropriate given that the city currently holds the title of ‘European City of Science’ in preparation for 2016’s EuroScience Open Forum – the largest general science symposium in Europe.

Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “This is a great example of the power of establishing long-term partnerships in order to secure valuable international conferences for Manchester. This summer’s event will be the culmination of over seven years work in supporting CIE-UK and we look forward to welcoming scientists from around the world during the UN’s International Year of Light. This is a further high profile recognition and endorsement for Manchester’s appeal as the UK’s natural home for conferences with a science focus.”

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