The 2015 China Science Festival is due to take place from 17 July to 2 August at the Beijing Exhibition Center, reports novuslight.com.
The theme for this year's celebrations will be "Light and Color" in honor of the United Nation's proclaimed "International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies."
There are 1001 inventions on display at the festival, aiming to create awareness surrounding optical technologies; how they both encourage sustainable development and offer solutions to many global challenges.
To coincide with the choice of theme, it was announced that the official mascot and guest of honor for the event would be 11th century Middle Eastern scholar Ibn al-Haytham.
The Ibn al-Haytham dedicated "zone" at the China Science Festival will feature a giant (but fully-functioning) camera obscura, a cinema area which will be showing a short film about Ibn al-Haytham, hands-on demonstrations and theatrical science performances.
The purpose of these experiences is to educate and engage the public. It is a way of celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Ibn al-Haytham's groundbreaking works on optics, entitled 'Kitab al-Manazir, or 'The Book of Optics', and raise awareness of the science of light and the ways in which it has helped humanity.
Ibn al-Haytham's book was translated into Latin, and its impact soon spread across the world. His optical discoveries have shaped future influencers for centuries. One thousand years on, he is considered a fundamental figure in the history of optics, and has been dubbed by many as the "Father of modern optics."