Final Concert: Pics and Songs

On Researchers Night, on September 28, 19h at CCCB , we celebrated the final concert of Lught on the...

The Contest

Poetically speaking:


  • Imagine an alternative world (past, future, or extraterrestrial)
  • With a peculiar climatic scenario: Utopian, Dystopian or Arcadian
  • Caused by civilization
  • And where solar sails or fluorescent tubes, fiber optics, spectroscopes, infrared or ultraviolet rays, photovoltaic panels or any photonic artifact play a certain role, relevant or discrete, to explain, to provoke or to resolve the situation
  • Make sure you use science fiction with the respect that science deserves and the freedom that imagination deserves
  • You can write in English, Catalan or Spanish
  • It does not matter how long you have been releasing carbon dioxide (breathing, of course) on Earth
  • Send your stories or poetry to ICFO. If you win, we will return your words in the form of a song and printed in Principia Magazine
  • And always … Be prepared for the Change!



Expressed with all the implications in all possible areas:

  1. Science fiction contest, short stories or poems, with three categories: (1) students of ESO, (2) students of Baccalaureate and formative cycles and (3) over 18 years.
  2. Contest participants who are minors must have the consent of their guardians or legal representatives to participate in the Contest. The tutors or legal representatives may at any time cancel the participation in the Contest of the participants by sending a letter in the ICFO to the following address: Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain (Ref. Contest “Light in the waves”).
  3. The works should reflect on the impact of climate change on the planet and / or its inhabitants.
  4. Science dealt with in the story does not necessarily have to be mainly photonics, but it is essential that it is present.
  5. The works must show mastery and rigor in the treatment of science within fiction.
  6. The jury will not consider works that do not incorporate any scientific element.
  7. Stories  must have a maximum length of 1000 words.
  8. You can write in English, Catalan or Spanish.
  9. In the category of ESO, BAT, and training cycles, each center may send a maximum of two jobs for ESO, Baccalaureate and formative cycles.
  10. For 18 years and over, each author can send only one story.
  11. The jury will choose the two best works of ESO students, the two best works of Baccalaureate students and training cycles, and the best work in the adult category.
  12. The winning original texts will be published in printed form in the June 2018 issue of the magazine Principia Magazine and will also appear in its digital version.
  13. Each work will serve as the basis for a song composed by a musical group.
  14. Groups can alter the original lyrics to fit the music, without changing the subject or the plot.
  15. Through their voluntary participation in the contest, the authors of the poems or short stories presented to the Contest give free of charge in the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) the rights of reproduction, transformation, adaptation and public communication about these works, without limitation of territory and for the entire term of its validity, for the purposes that may be introduced, reproduced and disseminated in the materials described in these rules and, if they are awarded, adapted or transformed into a musical work by the participating musical artists in the contest, to those who will be understood transferred identical rights to the extent necessary for their adaptation or transformation.
  16. The resulting musical works will be owned by the musical artists in the terms provided by the applicable legal regulations, without prejudice to the recognition of the authors’ rights of authors over the poems and short stories.
  17. Any subsequent publication of the guanaydors texts must state that the origin of the text is La Luz en las Ondas, and that its first publication appeared in the magazine Principia Magazine.
  18. In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999, of December 13, on the protection of personal data, as well as Royal Decree 1720/2007, of December 21, which approves the Regulations for the development of Organic Law 15/1999,   the participants and their guardians or legal representatives are informed that the ICFO will keepin a file owned by ICFO the personal data collected for the purpose of the Contest and in order to organize and manage the Contest “La Llum a les Ones del Canvi, 2018 edition “.However, the holders of the personal data that may exercise the rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition are informed by sending a letter to ICFO at Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 3, 08860 Castelldefels (Ref. Contest “La Llum a les Ones”).