The International Day of Light at CANDLE

CANDLE team is pleased to announce that an Open Day “Illumination of the Unknown”, devoted to the memory of the founder and first president of CANDLE, a great philanthropist Mr. Jirair Hovnanian  (June 9, 1927 – August 14, 2007), will annually be held in June. This year the event will be organized on 07 June, within the UNESCO global initiative International Day of Light 2019, in the framework of which CANDLE is officially accepted as a national node.


11:00 Tour to AREAL Facility and Research Laboratories
12:00 Presentations
  “Jirair Hovnanian: Founder and First President of CANDLE” (V. Tsakanov)
  “What is the Light?” (A. Grigoryan) 
  “Synchrotron Light and Applications” (Video)
  “Light and Nature” (A. Ayvazyan)
  “Free Electron Lasers and Applications” (Video)
13:00 Awarding Ceremony of Painting Competition


Within this IDL19 global initiative CANDLE Institute announces a painting competition among 8-14-year-old children. All the works of art will be exhibited during the open day to be organized on the 7th of June at CANDLE Institute. The competition theme is “Life and Light” and the deadline is May 31. The best paintings will be awarded by the selection committee. The awarding ceremony will be held at CANDLE Institute on the same day.

“The International Day of Light provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.”

The international day of light “Illumination of the Unknown” will be devoted to the accelerator-based light sources and their applications in advanced studies of nanoworld mysteries. A number of dedicated public presentations on basics of synchrotron light facilities and Free Electron Lasers and their applications in life, materials and environmental sciences will be organized. The Institute laboratories and experimental facilities will be open from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm for a large audience of pupils, students, researchers and general public. All interested people are kindly invited to take part in this international initiation and be introduced the history and future perspectives of CANDLE.