• Technical Conference:  16 – 20 September 2018
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  18 – 19 September 2018

Special Events

It's Not Just What You Know. It's Who You Know.
2017 Special Events

There's a reason why we call this a meeting. In addition to a strong technical conference that provides the knowledge you need to advance to the next step, it's the opportunity to meet people who can help you get there.
 

There are many planned events — from receptions to workshops — with more in the works. And that's not counting the numerous informal networking opportunities that occur during coffee breaks or waiting between sessions. It is virtually impossible to attend without expanding your professional network.
 


Women of Light: A Special Program for Women in Optics

Sunday, 17 September, 08:00 - 14:30

OSA Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize the 2nd international symposium “Global Women of Light” (GWL) at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics on 17 September 2017 in Washington DC, US. The program will be hosted at the OSA Headquarters, The Optical Society from 8:00-14:30. A full description of the program and biographies of the panelists is available by clicking here.

The goal of the second GWL Symposium is to continue building a strong network among women across academia, industry, government and to collaboratively establish strategies to advance women’s leadership across career ranks. Panel and round-table open discussions on “Collectively Advancing Women Leadership” will be hosted at this event. We have invited internationally renowned women leaders from both STEM and entrepreneurial backgrounds to provide their strategies and best practices on advancing women leaders in these fields. A networking session will be close out the days program and provide an opportunity for informal discussion. A community of women across career ranks and disciplines in STEM and Entrepreneurship will continue to be built, creating cross pollinated best practices and strategies across sectors. Career growth, mobility, mentorship, and leadership will be collectively developed by this community.

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OSA Student Member Party

Sunday, 17 September, 19:00 - 22:00

The Brixton, 901 U Street, NW

OSA Student Members who are stuent full technical registrants of FiO + LS are invited to attend the OSA Student Member Party. This party will celebrate the next generation of leaders in the optics and photonics community with food, drinks and entertainment.
 

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Capitol Hill Visits

Monday, 18 September, 09:00 - 12:00

Senate and House Office Buildings, Washington D.C.

As Congress determines spending levels in the FY 2018 Budget, it is important for members of Congress to hear directly from their constituents about the importance of research and development funding. To facilitate those interactions, OSA will be holding U.S. Capitol Hill visits to advocate for R&D funding. OSA will host a training webinar in advance for attendees and will arrange visits to meet with members of Congress and their staff.

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Challenges and Emerging Opportunities in Molecular Probes and Nanobio-Optics

Monday, 18 September, 12:30 - 13:30

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

Join the OSA Molecular Probes and Nanobio-Optics Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring challenges and emerging opportunities in molecular probes and nanobio-optics. Short presentations from our featured panelists will be followed by a moderated question and answer session, helping facilitate the exchange of information with our community. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

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Workshop: Grant Writing 101

Monday, 18 September, 12:30 - 14:00

Fairchild Room, Terrace Level

Join the leaders of the OSA Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, Paul Campagnola and Kyle Quinn, for a workshop aimed at helping young investigators develop competitive grant proposals. Best practices and tips for writing strong grant proposals will be shared with workshop attendees. An 
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OSA Evening with the Agencies

Monday, 18 September, 16:00 - 18:00

International Ballroom East, Concourse Level

This program, featuring representatives from US and international agencies, will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear about the latest in science funding as well as network with key program managers. Panelists will share their thoughts on the current state of science funding and the most important thing prospective grantees should remember when applying for funding. A brief reception will follow the presentation.
 

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OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Workshop & Networking Session

Monday, 18 September, 16:00 - 17:30

Georgetown West, Concourse Level

This special workshop will bring together members of the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a discussion on new and emerging topics in the field. Immediately following presentations from the workshop’s featured speakers, attendees are invited to join the Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a small reception where they can network with colleagues over refreshments.

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Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Monday, 18 September, 16:00 - 17:30

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

Speaker: Sara Bendoraitis, American University, USA

Research demonstrates that we all have unconscious biases. These biases can result in best and brightest talent made to feel unwelcome, invisible, and not important to the success of the organization. This training will explore concepts and engage participants to better understand implicit bias, increase awareness and understanding the impact on organizational culture and identify ways to promote greater engagement with diversity and inclusion.


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FiO + LS Awards Banquet

Monday, 18 September, 18:00 - 21:00

International Ballroom Center, Terrace Level

Making Connections & Celebrating Achievement
 
Celebrate the achievements of award and honor recipients from OSA and APS Division of Laser Science. Join your colleagues and the OSA Board of Directors at the inaugural FiO + LS Awards Banquet.

See the full list of award and honor recipients.

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Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

Tuesday, 19 September, 11:45 - 12:45

Science Showcase Theater, Columbia, Terrace Level

Come celebrate the anniversaries of Optics Letters and Optics Express at the OSA Journals lunchtime reception in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy complimentary pizza, cake and refreshments while conversing with OSA Publishing’s Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors and Associate Editors. Bring your questions about submitting manuscripts, ideas for Feature Issues or other questions and concerns about the journals. 

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Pizza Lunch

Tuesday, 19 September, 12:00 - 13:00

Science & Industry Showcase, Columbia, Terrace Level

Join your colleagues for a FREE pizza lunch. This is a great opportunity to meet the exhibitors and OSA Journal Editors.
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Environmental Sensing Technical Group Networking Event

Tuesday, 19 September, 16:30 - 17:00

OSA Technical Group Booth, International Terrace, Terrace Level

Members of the OSA Environmental Sensing Technical Group are invited to join us for
a networking event on Tuesday afternoon at the OSA Technical Group booth in the
International Terrace. The event will provide an opportunity to connect with fellow
attendees who share an interest in this field and to learn more about this technical
group. Refreshments will be provided.

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DLS Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 19 September, 17:30 - 18:30

Holmead East, Lobby Level

All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the APS 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 an opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.

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OSA Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 19 September, 17:30 - 18:15

Kalorama, Lobby Level

Learn more about OSA, and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. An update on the Society’s 2016 activities will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.

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FiO + LS Conference Reception

Tuesday, 19 September, 18:30 - 20:30

International Ballroom Center, Terrace Level

Join your peers and colleagues in acknowledging the innovators and inventions that inspire the future. Meet with conference attendees from around the world, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. The reception is sure to be a high point in a memorable conference week.

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The “Rush Hour”: Science Policy talk by Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS and former U.S. member of Congress

Wednesday, 20 September, 09:00 - 10:00

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

What Does a Scientist Owe Policymakers?
 
At a time when there are widespread concerns about the place of science in our society and government, we should consider: What is the obligation of a scientist, engineer, or technologist to policymakers? Sometimes, we simply disparage the ill-founded pronouncements of politicians, decisions producing inadequate funding for research, or regulations hampering research, when instead we might ask what we can do to help avoid such short-sighted actions. 

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OSA Members, Family and Friends Tour

Wednesday, 20 September, 09:30 - 12:00

National Gallery of Art

The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. Join OSA members on a behind the scenes tour of the East Building, where you will be guided by expert docents who will highlight conservation techniques of works on and off display.
 

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Congressional Fellowship Program Information Session

Wednesday, 20 September, 12:00 - 13:00

Science Showcase Theater, Columbia, Terrace Level

Learn more about the Congressional Science Policy Fellowships from a past Congressional Fellow.  The Congressional Science Policy Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year working for a U.S. member of Congress or Congressional committee to learn about the policy making process while also bringing their scientific backgrounds and skills to the policy making process.  OSA cosponsors two Congressional Fellows per year.  This information session will feature a past Congressional Fellow who will discuss the fellowship experience, how it has had an impact on their career, why scientists and engineers should consider applying for the fellowship, and answer questions from interested attendees. 
 

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OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk

Wednesday, 20 September, 12:00 - 13:00

Georgetown West, Concourse Level

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk focused on recent advances in meta and plasmonic materials. Dr. Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center will be the featured speaker and will present his talk ‘Catching Light Rays: Refractory Plasmonic Metamaterials for Energy Conversion, Data Storage & Medical Applications’.

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Polarization Optics - Design and Fabrication Trends and Challenges

Wednesday, 20 September, 12:00 - 13:00

Georgetown East, Concourse Level

This OSA Technical Group event will bring together panelists from academia and industry to explore current trends in polarizing optics design and talk about the challenges related to polarization optics. The topics of the discussion forum will be guided by our featured panelists and moderated by Catalin Florea, Chair of the Optical Fabrication and Testing Technical Group, and Hossein Alisafaee, Chair of the Polarization Technical Group. An RSVP is required for this event as lunch will be provided.

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OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch

Wednesday, 20 September, 12:00 - 13:30

Kalorama, Lobby Level

This session brings together industry executives to share their business experience with early career professionals, recent graduates and students. Learn how they started their careers, lessons learned and how they are using their degrees in executive positions. Informal networking over 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

  • Alex Fong, Senior VP, Instrumentation and Life Sciences, Gooch and Housego, USA
  • Carl Klinges, Sales Manager for LightTools Products, Synopsys, USA
  • G. Michael Morris, CEO, RPC Photonics, USA
  • Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax, USA
  • Reza Salem, Business Unit Leader Fiber Laser, Thorlabs, USA
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Meet the APS Journal Editors Reception

Wednesday, 20 September, 15:30 - 17:00

International Terrace, Terrace Level

The editors of the Physical Review 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.

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Pairing Photons to Electrons: An OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group Networking

Wednesday, 20 September, 16:30 - 17:00

OSA Technical Group Booth, International Terrace, Terrace Level

The OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group will host a special networking event that aims to pair young researchers, the electrons, with more experienced individuals in the nanophotonics community, the photons. Photons and electrons interested in participating in this interactive session will need to register in advance to be paired with one another.

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Networking with the OSA Biomedical Optics Technical Groups

Wednesday, 20 September, 18:30 - 20:00

OSA Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

You are invited to join members of several OSA Biomedical Optics Technical Groups for a happy hour networking event at OSA Headquarters on Wednesday evening. Jointly hosted by the Photobiomodulation Technical Group, Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group and Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, this event will provide researchers working within biomedical optics with the opportunity to meet and learn from fellow attendees in adjoining fields. Refreshments will be provided.

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