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  • ICO Newsletter - Latest Issue (PDF 1.4MB)


  • New message from the ICO President


    Evolving With an Evolving World

    Like any organization that thrives across more than a few decades, the ICO has grown and evolved to match the changes in the world in which it operates. It was founded as an affiliated commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 1947, and since its inception, the ICO has grown to become a truly global society, including members from 52 territories around the world. Despite this success, we must constantly strive to expand the ICO to other members to offer them support for their optics endeavors, and to benefit in turn from the advances that will be made increasingly possible with cross-boundary collaborations. Last year at the ICO’s Strategic Planning Committee Meeting in Tokyo, key proposals were set forth to help strengthen the international reach and nature of the organization.

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  • ICO Green Book "Towards ICO-23" (PDF 7.97 MB)


  • 2015 is the International Year of Light:

    ICO invites its territorial committees to promote the creation of national committees for the programming of local and regional celebration activities.

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    Other related articles in the ICO Newsletter:

    January 2013

    "An International Year of Light for 2015: UNESCO’s Executive Board supports the initiative", John Dudley, Université de Franche-Comté, France Read more

    April 2013

    "10th anniversary of TSOSA and Year of Light planning at ICTP: The TSOSA Advisory Group has served the Trieste System for a decade and is now contributing to the First International Planning Meeting of the International Year of Light 2015". Read more

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