Technical Conference:
17 – 21 October 2016
Exhibition:
19 – 20 October 2016

2015 Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

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Look forward to similar exciting professional networking events at FiO/LS 2016.

FiO Postdeadline Papers
International Year of Light – Science to Solutions
International Year of Light/OSA President's Reception
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Tuesday
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Wednesday
Laser Science Annual Business Meeting
Laser Science Banquet
Meet the Editors of the APS Journals
Meet OSA’s Journal Editors
Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception
OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges & Opportunities
OSA’s Annual Business Meeting
OSA Fellow Members Lunch
OSA Member Reception
OSA Members, Family and Friends Event
OSA Student Chapter Competition
OSA Student Leadership Conference Live Streaming
OSA Student Member Reception
Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)
Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
Townes Memorial Reception
VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students 

OSA Division and Technical Group Events:


OSA Student Leadership Conference - Live Streaming

Can’t Make it to FiO? Attend Two FREE Online Broadcasts from the Student Leadership Conference
The Student Leadership Conference is an invitation-only event for student chapter leaders. This year we’re offering live-streams of the keynote and panel discussion. All OSA Members are invited to participate:

Keynote Presentation: The Future is Bright and Light
Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Director of Engineering, Infrastructure Foundation Team, Facebook

Panel Discussion: Illuminating Your Career Path: A Panel Discussion With Hiring Experts
Both web events will help you get a picture of the opportunities and challenges for graduates beginning their careers in the optics and photonics industry. You can sign up online to view the webcasts at no cost. If you can’t watch it live, archived versions will be available after the conference.

 Visit osa.org/slc for more information.

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Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
 
In 1958, at Bell Laboratories, Charles Hard Townes, one of the foremost pioneers of quantum electronics, and Arthur Schawlow invented the laser, explaining its geometry, operating principles and presenting its foundational theory. The laser, operating at optical frequencies, was based on Townes’s invention at Columbia University of the maser (microwave analog of the laser) which he demonstrated experimentally in 1954. Townes received the Nobel Prize in 1964, along with Soviet scientists Nikolai Basov and Alexander Prokhorov.

This symposium brings together participants from every step of his professional career. For more information click here.

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Townes Memorial Reception
 
Get the FiO/LS 2015 conference off to a great start by attending the Townes Memorial Reception. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres.
 

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OSA Student Member Reception

This reception is a fun event that encourages Student Members of OSA to meet, enjoy refreshments and have a good time! Note that membership status will be checked.

 
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Frontiers in Photonic Detection Panel Discussion

The OSA Photonic Detection Technical Group will hosting an interactive panel discussion providing an opportunity for professionals and students to learn about and discuss the latest advances in the field of photonic detection.

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Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Workshop

Join the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a special workshop including a discussion on future directions in the field of nonlinear optics.

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OSA Fellow Members Lunch

Join your colleagues and the OSA Board of Directors at the OSA Fellows Lunch at FiO.
 

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Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

OSA’s journal editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. The editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  • What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?
  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?
  • What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?
  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?
  • Other topics of interest to you

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

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Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography Technical Group Poster Session

Join the Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography Technical Group for a focused poster session. This session will bring together students and colleagues for an opportunity to share their latest research findings, exchange ideas, and facilitate collaborations in relevant areas.

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International Year of Light – Science to Solutions

The International Year of Light Special Session, open to the public, will showcase examples of how optics has made, and will make, a difference in society.  Speakers will highlight the connection between fundamental scientific research to solutions to problems with societal impact.  The topical coverage will span issues such as energy, climate, health care, and telecommunications.  The talks are intended to be short (10-20 min), in TED-talk style, designed to engage and inspire. For a full list of speakers and presentation topics, visit the Special Sessions page.

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International Year of Light/OSA Presidents Reception - "Light up the Night"

OSA President Philip Russell invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light by reaching new heights! Enjoy delicious bites and beverages in City Hall’s 110-foot tall Rotunda. Mix and mingle with friends old and new as we light up the night in downtown San Jose.
 
*This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Please bring your conference registration badge. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each.

The City Hall Rotunda is a short 10 minute walk away from The Fairmont Hotel.

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Optical Material Studies Technical Group Workshop

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special workshop discussing recent advances in optical materials. This event will feature a talk by Dr. Debashis Chanda from the University of Central Florida.

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Better than Fakin' it Good: Multifunctional Bioreplication

Organized by the Environmental Sensing Technical Group, this event will feature a talk by Dr. Akhlesh Lakhtakia of Pennsylvania State University on bioreplication and its use in the eradication of the emerald ash borer. Bioreplication, the direct replication of a structure found in natural organisms, is now seeing success in the fabrication of polymeric visual decoys of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle species threatening the complete destruction of North American ash trees.

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OSA Student Chapter Competition: IYL-To-Go

OSA challenges you to showcase your chapter’s best ideas for youth education outreach during its annual meeting Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science. This year’s competition is IYL-To-Go . For a chance to win up to $500 USD for your chapter, we’re asking you to create optical demonstrations for children and science teachers that connect with the mission of the International Year of Light to improve public understanding of how light affects our daily lives. These youth education demos should be completely portable and easy to recreate all over the world.  Volunteer judges will rate chapters on effectiveness, creativity, presentation and supplies. The entry form will be released in August- stay tuned!


All FiO/LS attendees are invited to attend and see the demos.

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Joint FiO/LS Poster Session

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception

Please join the MWOSA community for a networking reception where we will celebrate the OSA Foundation grant award recipients and network with members dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
 
The registration process is EASY! To confirm your attendance Check the MWOSA Networking Reception box when filling out the FiO Registration Form.
 
Please forward this message on to your colleagues who may be interested in attending – registration is free and open to anyone attending FiO. We hope to see you there!

To learn more about MWOSA, please visit www.osa.org/mwosa.

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OSA’s Annual Business Meeting

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2014 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.

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Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting


All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the Division of Laser Science (DLS). The DLS officers will report on the activities of the past year and on plans for the future. Questions will be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.

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 OSA Member Reception: Trip the Light Fantastic
An International Year of Light-apalooza

The Optical Society cordially invites OSA Members to a celebratory night for the International Year of Light.
 
The poet John Milton wrote, “Com, and trip it as ye go, / On the light fantastick toe”. As we start to wind down on this glorious year that focused the world’s attention on light, let’s take Milton’s advice and let loose. For one special evening, OSA Members will enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. We’ll provide the beverages, appetizers, and music. You just need to bring your dancing shoes (oh, and your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card).
 
If you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt. *This event is complimentary and is for OSA Members. If you would like to bring a guest, tickets are available for $75 USD each.
 
Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA Member event.

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Laser Science Banquet

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased for $65 USD, when you register for the meeting.

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Joint FiO/LS Poster Session

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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OSA Members, Family and Friends Event

Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre-dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era. Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the top sites to visit in San Jose, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the museum’s exhibits, which focus on gods and religion, kings and pharaohs, and burial practices.

To reserve a spot, contact Pamela Wimmer at pwimmer@osa.org by Friday, October 9. Download the flyer.
 

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VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students
 
This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 6-8 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.
 

Participating executives include:

Space is limited. Only Students and Recent Graduates (those who have completed their final degree in the last three years) are eligible to attend.

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Meet the Editors of the APS Journals

The Editors of the APS journals invite you to join them for conversation and light refreshments. The Editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals. All are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)

Join us in San Jose, CA for “Science Educators’ Day” (EDAY), a special free dinner and educational workshop hosted by The Optical Society (OSA) for pre-college educators! This program will focus on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom activities.
 

  • Special Guest Speaker: Eric Mazur; Harvard University, USA, Interactive Teaching and Peer Instruction
  • A complimentary dinner with other local science educators
  • Interactive science demonstrations by OSA Student Chapters
  • Door prizes and so much more!

The registration process is EASY. To confirm your attendance simply complete the registration form. (RSVP Required)

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OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges & Opportunities

Please join us for an open town-hall meeting, where thought leaders debate and share perspectives that are critical to understanding the rapidly expanding biophotonics market.

Questions to be discussed include:

  • What is the enabling technology that has the most market traction?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities among photonics technologies today?
  • Where is the best potential for funding?

Panelists include:
Thomas M. Baer, Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Center, USA
John Dexheimer, President, Lightwave Advisors, Inc., USA
Dennis L. Matthews, Chief Scientist. Professor Emeritus , UC Davis, USA
Brian Pogue, Professor, Engineering Science, Dartmouth College, USA
Jonathan Sorger, Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical, USA
Alexandre Tumlinson, Senior Staff Scientist, ZEISS  Group, USA

This event's new, interactive format will prioritize key findings for future use by the community. Happy hour drinks and snacks are complimentary.
 

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Optical Fabrication and Testing Technical Group Networking Event

Join members of the Optical Fabrication and Testing Technical Group for a chance to learn more about this group and connect with fellow attendees who share an interest in optical fabrication and testing.

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FiO Postdeadline Papers

The FiO 2015 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.

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