Fun outreach in OpticsPhysics League

  1. V. Gonzalez-Fernandez 1
  2. F. Hevia 2
  3. B. G. del Rio 2
  4. L. Sanchez-Tejerina 2
  5. D. Mateos 1
  1. 1 Asociación sin ánimo de lucro Physics League, BS005, Facultad de Ciencias, Paseo de Belén 7, CP 47011, Valladolid, España
  2. 2 Universidad de Valladolid

    Universidad de Valladolid

    Valladolid, España


Óptica pura y aplicada

ISSN: 2171-8814

Year of publication: 2020

Volume: 53

Issue: 1

Type: Article

DOI: 10.7149/OPA.53.1.51036 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

More publications in: Óptica pura y aplicada


The outreach activities related to Optics and Photonics carried out by the non-profit association Physics League are presented. Physics League is located at the Science Faculty of the University of Valladolid, and is formed by young scientists and bachelor students. The key features of the activity carried out by the association are: 1) the interaction of the public with the experiments, in contrast with mere demonstration; 2) the setting of the experiments in a universe or story, real or fictional, which the public might feel identified with or attracted to; and 3) the use of uncommon staging such as theatrical plays or escape rooms. The great impact of its activities, with almost 20,000 participants in just five years, and the positive feedback obtained make the results from the small-scale outreach carried out by the association useful to motivate future scientists and to bring science (especially Physics) closer to society.

Funding information

The authors thank the European Physical Society and its Young Minds project, the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, the Valladolid Deputation for the funding received, and the Science Faculty of the University of Valladolid for the provided facilities. We also thank the Science Museum of Valladolid for the support in our joint activities. Thanks are also due to all the members of the Physics League for their valuable contributions and the time invested in these activities.