The conference is focusing on the accomplishments of the Islamic civilization in its Golden Age (VIII-XVth century) and the life and works of Ibn Al Haytham, whose pioneering book of Optics (Kitāb al-Manāẓir) was published around 1,000 years ago, OnIslam reported.
Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative crosscutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society, UNESCO reported.
The international conference is devoted to science in the golden age of Islamic civilization and to the heritage of Ibn Al-Haytham, a pioneer of modern optics. It is being organized in the framework of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (2015).
Researchers, academics, science historians and policy-makers from around the world are taking part in the event, which will address the legacy of Ibn Al-Haytham, the history of optics and the potential of innovative light-based technologies. The objective is to put the contribution of Arab scholars of the Middle Ages to modern science into perspective and, more broadly, to shed light on the current challenges of research in this field.
An exhibition entitled "Ibn Al-Haytham: contributions to the Islamic Golden Age of Science" will showcase copies of manuscripts of Arab scholars.

Source: International Islamic News Agency