2015 was the International Year of Light, a global initiative that highlighted the importance of light and optical technologies.Heriot-Watt University researchers are pioneers in many aspects of light-based research, including photonics and microscopics, and we showcased their research in a series of events throughout 2015.


In December, we brought together some of the amazing, enlightening activities that have run throughout the year to a showstopping closing event!

Public Lectures & Workshops

From brains to black holes, find out more about the role of light in scientific discovery

Image competitions

We ran two image competitions in 2015, which showcased the amazing leaps and bounds imaging technology has taken

Scottish Launch Event

Bringing together the best of Scottish scientists to share their light-based research