• Technical Conference:  17–21 September 2017
  • Exhibition:  19–20 September 2017

Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

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The 2016 Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science conference boasted an impressive lineup of special sessions and events. We're now working on events for the 2017 program; for an overview of the breadth and depth of activities, review some sample events from this year.

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

Monday, 17 October, 11:00 - 18:00

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom F-G

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.


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

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

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom A-B

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

Galleria (Convention Center)

Get the FiO/LS off to a great start by attending the Welcome Reception. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. 

Sponsored by Thorlabs


Meet the OSA Editors’ Reception

Tuesday, 18 October, 15:30 - 16:30

Empire Lobby (Convention Center)

Join OSA Publishing’s Journal Editors for conversation and refreshments. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns, and ideas for any of OSA’s Journals. Topics that may be covered include best practices when submitting a manuscript; elements of a useful manuscript review; criteria editors look for in submitted manuscripts; and how to propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal.


OSA Student Member Party

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

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, Grand Ballroom

OSA Student Members who are full technical registrants of FiO/LS are invited to attend the OSA Student Member Party. This birthday party will celebrate the next 100 years of leaders in the society with food, drinks and entertainment.



AIM Photonics Northeast Supply Conference (NESCO)

Wednesday, 19 October, 08:00 - 17:00

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.

NESCO will be held in conjunction with FiO/LS. 


Meet the Editors of the APS Journals

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

Riverside Court (Convention Center)

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.


OIDA Member and Exhibitor Appreciation Reception

Wednesday, 19 October, 16:00 - 17:00

Exhibit Hall (Convention Center)

Exhibitors, finish up your first day and come relax and mingle with your fellow colleagues. Join us in the exhibit hall immediately following the close of the show for some food and beverages sponsored by OSA Industry Development Associates. Join OSA and discover the benefits of Industry Membership. OSA can help corporations optimize product development resources and reduce time to market by giving professionals access to quality information, quality interactions and premium opportunities for collaboration.
Join today! Contact oida@osa.og or +1.202.416.1474 for more information.


OSA 100 Year BASH

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

The Sibley Building, 25 Franklin Street, Rochester, New York

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!


OSA Light the Future Speaker Series featuring Michio Kaku and Nobel Laureates

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

Lilac Ballroom (Convention Center)


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.

Talk Title: Optics of the Future: Exploring the Universe and the Brain

This talk explores the physics behind exciting new fields, such as detecting gravity waves from black holes, detecting twins of the earth in space, energizing laser-powered star ships, and unraveling the Big Bang. It will also explore inner space, e.g. the use of optogenetics to map the neural pathways of the human brain in the Connectome Project, one of the great science projects of the future.

Kaku’s talk will be followed by a discussion featuring a panel of Nobel Laureates including Nicolaas Bloembergen, Robert F. Curl, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, W.E. Moerner, William D. Phillips and David J. Wineland.

For inquiries, please contact lightthefuture@osa.org.


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

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

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom B-C

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.

Participating Executives include: Sponsored by GoFoton


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