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

Centennial & Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

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Join us for Frontiers in Optics in The Optical Society’s Centennial year. Held in Rochester, the birthplace of OSA, there will be an impressive lineup of special sessions and events. Check back as events are added.

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Write the Future

Earlier this year, entrants shared their visions of optics and photonics by creating fictional stories between 300 and 500 words. The winning story will be published in Optics and Photonics News and be recognized at FiO.


Science Educators Day (EDAY) 2016

Sunday, 16 October, 13:30 - 16:30

Hyatt Regency Rochester

Join us in Rochester, NY for a free lunch and learn workshop hosted by The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and The Optical Society (OSA) Rochester Local Section for K-12 educators! This program will focus on light and color through fun, hands-on, and even *edible* science experiences. Participants will engage with a variety of take-home items for demonstration with their students. 

  • Learn about the components of white light with a "Rainbow Peephole," how some animals see patterns invisible to the human eye with "Magic Stripes," and how materials can change color with the "Magic Patch."
  • Learn about color absorption and reflection as we predict the colors of M&M's under different colors of light and as we observe how light travels through colored gummy bears.
  • Learn about color transmission as we observe the world through filters made of Jell-O.
  • Participants will walk away with a variety of resources for their students and multiple lesson resources appropriate for K-12.

We hope that all attendees will leave this program with the confidence to engage their students with optics and photonics in the classroom!

Please complete the following  form and contact if you have any questions.


OSA Student Leadership Conference

Monday, 17 October, 07:00 - 17:00

Holiday Inn Hotel Rochester, Grand Ballroom

All OSA Student Chapters in good standing are invited to send a representative to this event. For more information, please visit


Women of Light, a Special Program for Women in Optics hosted by WiSTEE CONNECT

Monday, 17 October, 11:00 - 17:00

Hyatt Regency Rochester

WiSTEE Connect is an organization which serves to connect female students, faculty members, and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (STEE) from regional universities and private companies in upstate New York.  The vision of WiSTEE Connect is to promote women leadership in STEE and assist women involved in these areas to gain regional and/or global connections and recognition.  This organization helps to bridge the gap between science and entrepreneurship while providing a forum though which women in these fields may learn, connect, and lead.
The overall goal of the “Women of Light” special session is to shine light upon women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship, recruit women across career ranks and disciplines, and build a sustainable community of women in both academia and industry from which career growth, mobility, and leadership opportunities may be sought out.

To register for this event please sign up by clicking here


Diversity & Inclusion Program and Reception: A Look at the LGBT Climate in Physics

Monday, 17 October, 17:00 - 18:00

Hyatt Regency Rochester

Speaker:  Ramon Barthelemy, American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center , USA
Please join Barthelemy as he shares highlights from the 2016 American Physical Society's (APS) LGBT Climate in Physics Report. Following the presentation join your colleagues for a networking reception to discuss ways the optics and photonics community can improve diversity and inclusion. We encourage you to attend this program to learn what OSA is doing to improve the experience of underrepresented members and support your colleagues as we continue this important conversation. First 50 attendees will receive a printed copy of APS's LGBT Report.


FiO/LS Welcome Reception

Monday, 17 October, 18:30 - 20:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Riverside Court

Get the FiO/LS 2016 conference off to a great start by attending the Welcome Reception. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendeees only. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each.

Sponsored by Thorlabs


OSA Fellow Members Lunch

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 - 13:15

Hyatt Regency Rochester

OSA Fellow Members are invited to join their colleagues for lunch. Advance registration is required. Contact the OSA Awards Office for more information (


Photonics Clambake 2016

Tuesday, 18 October, 17:30 - 20:30

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom

The Photonics Clambake is a melting pot of optics & photonics professionals who gather to enjoy one of the industry’s premier networking events while relaxing with refreshing beverages, great food and did I mention DELICIOUS clams.

What Your Ticket Includes: Four dozen steamed clams plus dinner buffet including: BBQ chicken, pasta, salt potatoes, corn on the cob and salad. Three hours of open bar to include wine beer and liquor.

Reservations & Payment: All payments are to be made in advance no later than WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

No payments will be accepted at the door

Check back in August 2016 for reservation and payment form.

Questions? Contact Mike Naselaris of Sydor Optics, Inc. at or +1.585.271.7300


Optics & Energy: Reflections on the Past and Lighting the Future

Tuesday, 18 October, 18:00 - 19:00

Join the OSA Optics for Energy Technical Group for this special event highlighting the major milestones of the optics and energy partnership through the last century. Visionaries in the field will be invited to share their thoughts and provide insight into the future of energy-related research and applications. Brief presentations will be followed by informal discussions and networking over refreshments.


OSA Student Member Party

Tuesday, 18 October, 19:00 - 22:00

Holiday Inn Hotel Rochester, Grand Ballroom

Stay tuned for more information!


Glass Art Contest & Auction

Exhibit Hall - Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Empire Hall

During exhibit hours
Wednesday, 19 October, 9:30 - 16:00
Thursday, 20 October 9:30 - 14:00

Hosted by the OSA Rochester Section (OSA-RS)

Optical fabricators and glass artists are invited to showcase their unique approaches to the design and manufacture of glass artwork. All pieces will be displayed in the Frontiers in Optics Exhibition Hall, 19 – 20 October, in a silent auction open to all attendees. Proceeds will go to OSA-RS to support The Optics Suitcase and The OSA Foundation to support Explore Optics Kit.
How You Can Participate:
  • Create and enter an original piece in the contest. Awards will be given in multiple categories.
  • Donate an existing piece for the silent auction.
Learn more about how you can contribute or donate.
Send an email to Jessica Nelson or Mike Naselaris no later than 19 August if you plan to submit art.


AIM Photonics Northeast Supply Conference (NESCO)

Wednesday, 19 October, 08:30 - 17:30

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom Salons A-D

The AIM Photonics Northeast Supply Conference (NESCO) provides a stage for established Photonics supply chain companies, new and emerging innovators, industry leaders, strategic investors, and venture capitalists to discuss the needs and requirements of the industry’s future growth. Participants will gain insights into technology, capital, partnership, and collaboration strategies necessary for mutual success.

Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs involved or interested in Photonics innovation
  • Emerging Optics and Photonics companies seeking to network with technology partners and investors
  • Investment professionals from the angel, venture, corporate and institutional communities
  • R&D, purchasing, supply chain managers, and manufacturing senior executives from the Photonics industry
Registration information to come in the following weeks.

Questions? Please contact Frank Tolic at


Student Chapter Competition

Wednesday, 19 October, 14:00 - 16:00

Exhibit Hall - Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Empire Hall

OSA challenges you to showcase your chapter’s best ideas for youth education outreach. This year’s competition will be co-hosted by the OSA Foundation and OSA Student Chapters at University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. The challenge will be announced this summer- stay tuned for more information.


Meet the Editors of the APS Journals

Wednesday, 19 October, 15:30 - 17:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Riverside Court

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.


OSA Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, 19 October, 17:00 - 17:45

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. An update on the Society’s 2015 activities will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.


APS Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, 19 October, 17:00 - 17:45

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.


OSA 100 Year BASH

Wednesday, 19 October, 18:30 - 21:30

OSAIn celebration of the OSA Centennial, join OSA in acknowledging the innovators and inventions that inspire the future. This reception is sure to be a high point in a year of celebration. We've waited a century for this, and we want you to be a part of it!

Entry is free for registered technical attendees of Frontiers in Optics.

OSA Members who are not planning to attend as a Technical registrant can register for the free Exhibit Hall Only option and receive complimentary entry to the party.

Nonmembers who are not planning to attend as a Technical registrant can register for the free Exhibit Hall Only option then select the option to purchase a BASH ticket for $100 US. 

Additional guest BASH tickets are available for $100 US each.


OSA Light the Future Speaker Series featuring Michio Kaku

Thursday, 20 October, 11:00 - 12:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Lilac Ballroom

Light the future speaker series

This event will feature Michio Kaku, futurist and theoretical physicist, City College of New York, with Sir Peter L. Knight, emeritus professor, Imperial College, London, OSA Fellow, 2004 President.
Join OSA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary with Light The Future speaker and science advocate Michio Kaku. Imagine self-driving cars, 3D printing and a billion pixel camera. One hundred years ago these inventions were unthinkable. Yet today, researchers and industry leaders around the globe are perfecting such innovations that once were the realm of science fiction. Dr. Kaku will share his vision of what discoveries lie ahead. For inquiries, please contact


VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Young Professionals & Students

Thursday, 20 October, 12:30 - 14:00

Hyatt Regency Rochester

This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience with Young Professionals, Recent Graduates and Students – how they started their careers, lessons learned and using their degree in an executive position. Informal networking during lunch is followed by a transition to “speed meetings” –  brief, small-group visits with each executive to discuss industry trends or career topics.

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