24 November 2017 Llum a les Ones 2018

Climate change theme for the 5th edition of the Light on the Waves science fiction writing contest Get ready for the change! This year, ICFO launches the 5th edition of the literary contest, “Llum a les Ones” (The Light on the Waves), a science fiction writing contest aimed at bringing photonics closer to society by motivating high school students and the general public to write short stories or poems about light.

For this year’s edition, we encourage participants to write about climate change. We would like participants to imagine an alternative world (past, future, or extra-terrestrial), with a peculiar climatic scenario (Utopian, Dystopian or Arcadian) that has been conditioned by civilization. How can solar sails or fluorescent tubes, fiber optics, spectroscopes, infrared or ultraviolet rays, photovoltaic panels or any photonic artefact play a (relevant or discrete) role in your story?

The contest is organized by ICFO, in collaboration with CCCB Educación and the Magazine Principia. Those who participate will have the challenge of writing a short story or poem that can be submitted within any of the three categories: ESO, Baccalaureate and formative cycles; and over 18 years. The different pieces should focus on the impact that climate change has or will have on the planet and/or its inhabitants.

A prestigious jury of scientists and writers will select the winning texts, which will be published in the June 2018 issue of the Principia Magazine (in print and online). In addition, each of these winning texts will have the chance of becoming part of the lyrics of a song that will be composed by a musical group and performed at a final concert, which will take place at the CCCB theatre during the second semester of 2018.

Participants have until April 23rd to send in their texts. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a unique contest that aims to inspire young generations to search for ways to solve increasingly problematic climate change issues that need an immediate solution!