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

Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

It's Not Just What You Know. It's Who You Know.

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, 09:00 - 15:00

OSA Headquarters

The overall goal of the “Global Women of Light” symposium 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.
 
WiSTEE Connect is an organization that serves to connect female students, faculty members, scientists, and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (STEE) from universities, government labs and private companies. The vision of WiSTEE Connect is to promote women leadership in STEE and assist women involved in these areas to main regional and/or global connections and gain 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.
 
Limited availability. RSVP to attend.

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OSA Student Member Party

Sunday, 17 September, 18:30 - 20:30

The Brixton, 901 U Street, NW

OSA Student Members who are 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

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.
 
Limited availability. RSVP to attend.

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OSA Technical Group Event: 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.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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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 RSVP is required for this workshop as lunch will be provided.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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Evening with the Agencies

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

Jefferson West, 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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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.
 
Limited to 50 attendees. RSVP to attend.

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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.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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FiO + LS Awards Banquet

Monday, 18 September, 18:30 - 21:00

International Ballroom Center

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.

Those recognized include the 2017 OSA Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize winner Margaret Murnane, and the 2017 APS Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science recipient Louis F. DiMauro, as well as other 2017 OSA and APS/LS winners and honorees.  
 
Tickets can be purchased on the conference registration site for $101 per person (limited availability). Contact awardsbanquet@osa.org with questions. 

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

Exhibit Hall Theater, Columbia

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

Exhibit Hall, Columbia

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Environmental Sensing Technical Group Networking Event

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

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.

Please RSVP to tgactivities@osa.org if you plan to join us for this networking event.

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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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Conference Reception

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

International Ballroom Center

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, 08:45 - 10:00

Georgetown West, 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.
 
Shuttle transportation will pick up at the Hilton’s front entrance at 9:30 AM and will return from the tour at 12:00 PM.

Space is limited for this tour. Please email pwimmer@osa.org to reserve your ticket.
 

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Congressional Fellowship Program Information Session

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

Exhibit Hall Theater, Columbia

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. 

RSVP by contacting Brandy Dillingham at bdillingham@osa.org.   
 

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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.
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OSA Technical Group Event: 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.

Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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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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