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Why Light? Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard, SPIE Education Committee Chair Answers

Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard is chair of the SPIE Education Committee, which monitors the educational activities of the Society and the quality of educational programs conducted in the name of the Society. Anne-Sophie, an Early Career Professional Member of SPIE is also the next community member to answer our 'Why Light?' series. The series is leading up to the first International Day of Light, and asks SPIE Members to explain why they feel light is so important.

The inaugural International Day of Light – IDL – will take place 16 May 2018. IDL is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light. This day recognizes light and the vital role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development.

On 16 May, join SPIE and communities worldwide by participating in activities that illustrate how the science and art of light improves all our lives. For more information and to plan your own event, visit spie.org/IDL.




Meet SPIE Member Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard,
Chair, SPIE Education Committee
Research Associate, Université Laval

What about light inspires you?

Light unveils the beauty of our environment, all the colors, shapes, patterns, and textures. I can only imagine how it would be to naturally see beyond the visible spectrum. But light is more than that, it is also incredibly useful in a lot of everyday technologies.

How can light help overcome a current global challenge?

Light, through telecommunications and photonics technologies, can give access to a quality education for the common good. This will lead to reduced inequalities, more justice, healthy economic growth, and innovation in health, energy, and environment.

What do you do to share your passion for light?

Many things!

Light is everywhere, from the wonders of the stars to the technologies inside your smartphone. There are so many occasions around us to share our passion. It is just a matter of seizing the opportunities.






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