Guiding Light – Celebrating the International Day of Light 2022

Join the London Institute for Advanced Light Technologies to celebrate the International Day of Light and International Year of Glass at the Science Gallery London on 16th May 2022.

Listen to an inspiring keynote from physicist and author Dr Jess Wade, enjoy a tour of new glass artworks created by postgraduate science students, take part in panel debates with leading voices from the worlds of science, art and architecture. And make your own glass guide from molten glass, drawn from the only British-made furnace on wheels! See your piece installed in a giant fibre-optic bundle – and raise a glass to the power of light!

Your ticket gives you access to the exhibition, you can look round at any time.

Tours of the artworks will take place at 11.30-12.15 and 13.15-14.00 (no need to book)

Please add any talks and panel events to your order. Space is limited in the theatre so please make sure you choose all the sessions you’d like to attend.

Address: Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU

Guiding Light Activities

10.00 – Welcome – Professor Anatoly Zayats – Co-director of London Light

10.15-10.45 – Keynote – Dr Jess Wade, Imperial College London

Jess is an Imperial College Research Fellow investigating spin selective charge transport through chiral systems in the Department of Materials. Broadly speaking, her research considers new materials for optoelectronic devices, with a focus on chiral organic semiconductors. Outside of the lab, Jess is involved with several science communication and outreach initiatives. She is committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline, and since the start of 2018 has written the Wikipedia biographies of women and people of colour scientists every single day.

15.00 – 15.50 – Shining a Light on Symmetry

Join physicist Professor Bob Schroeder from UCL, art publisher Kailas Elmer and glass artist Katharine Coleman for a discussion about the power of light and glass to express symmetry and pattern at different scales.

16.00 -16.50 – Colour in Time and Space

In this session, physicist Professor Riccardo Sapienza from Imperial College London will be joined by holographer Pearl John and light artist Liz West to consider how time and space shape our experience of colour.

17.00 – 17.50 – Revealing Form with Light

Chemistry Professor Helen Fielding from UCL, lighting designer Mark Major and glass artist Matt Durran will share different perspectives on light and form from the nano to the architectural scale

18.00 – 18.30 – The Poetry of Light with theatre designer Paule Constable

The day will end with multi-award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable

18.30- 20.00 – Drinks reception

Glass Making

There is a chance to make your own glass guide from molten glass, drawn from the only British-made furnace on wheels! The furnace will be open from 11.00 -17.00.

Save your 15-minute slot now, they are bound to fill up quickly!

Get your glass making tickets here

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