60 Years of Laser

Due to the declaration of the state of emergency by the Government of the Czech Republic and measures against the spread of coronavirus infection, HiLASE decided to cancel / postpone all public events taking place until 15 May 2020.

The celebration of the International Day of Light (May 16) will be postponed to autumn.

We will inform you about other events and spare dates on our website according to the development of the situation with Covid-19.

Thank you for your understanding and we wish you good health.

Your HiLAE team

On May 16, 2020, it will be exactly 60 years since Theodore H. Maiman introduced the world’s first laser. And since this anniversary is particularly important to our laser center, we want to share with you our passion for lasers. You can look forward to a number of events throughout the year, May 16, 2020 being the most interesting of these events: there will be tours, open-air concerts or a laser run.

Events 2020

18/3 – Laser day for high schools/ Laser centers HiLASE and ELI Beamlines/ – postponed

2/4 – Laser day for universities /Laser centers HiLASE and ELI Beamlines/ – postponed

16/5 – International Day of Light – main celebrations of the 60th anniversary – tours of HiLASE and ELI Beamlines centers, open-air concerts, laser run from Prague to Dolní Břežany, etc. – posponed

4/6 – 6/6 – Science fair  – the event is posponed until next year due to the COVID-19 situation

September – Talent Academy, program for talented high-school students

25/9 – Researchers’ night

2/11 – 8/11 Week of Science and Technology /taking part at the event of the Czech Academy of Sciences/

Laser run

The Laser Run will be the part of the 60th anniversary of the first laser shot (originally May 16, now postponed to autumn because of the situation concerning COVID-19). The running route is 17 kilometers long. The start is located in front of the headquarters of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Národní třída in Prague. The finish is located in front of the ELI Beamlines laser centre building in Dolní Břežany. This is a relay race. Each team will run and hold a laser relay baton. The runners in individual teams are from the institutes, companies or associations that are focused on laser and optical technologies.

How to join us

If you want to take an active part, download the 60-year laser logo or poster and use it at your events, presentations etc. Or simply come to any of the events listed above.