• 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, 08:00 - 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.


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.


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.


OIDA Funding Accelerator: SBIR Speed Meetings

Monday, 18 September, 10:30 - 15:30

The OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) Funding Accelerator Speed Meetings: SBIR/STTR focuses on optics and photonics funding. This event will give U.S. companies with less than 500 employees an opportunity to meet one-on-one with program officers from multiple U.S. federal agencies, in one place and in one day — minimizing time investment and increasing chances for new government funding.
This OIDA event will give attendees an insider perspective on what agencies are looking to fund; as well as provide you with up-to-date information on each agency's SBIR/STTR funding process, and how you can enhance your probability of success. In addition, the event will help government agencies better understand what OIDA Members can offer and how optics and photonics technologies can help them meet their goals.
Limited availability. Contact Andrew Dougherty to attend or request information.


Workshop: Grant Writing 101

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

Best practices and tips for writing strong federal grant proposals in academia and industry will be shared. This program is complimentary for OSA Members.

Limited space. RSVP to attend.


Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

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

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.


FiO + LS Awards Banquet

Monday, 18 September, 19:00 - 21:00

Making Connections & Celebrating Achievement
Celebrate the achievements of award and honor recipients from OSA and APS Division of Laser Science. Join a community of members, attendees and the OSA Board of Directors at the inaugural FiO + LS Award Banquet.
Those recognized include the 2017 Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize winner Margaret Murnane, and the 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. 


Exhibit Hall Lunch and Meet the OSA Journal Editors Reception

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

Exhibit Hall

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. 


DLS Annual Business Meeting

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

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.


OSA Annual Business Meeting

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

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.


Conference Reception

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

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.


OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch

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

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.
Sponsored by: 


Meet the APS Journal Editors Reception

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

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.


Speakeasy Science for Today’s Science Communicators

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

Washington Hilton

This discussion is coordinated by The American Physical Society (APS) and The Optical Society (OSA), and sponsored by The American Institute of Physics (AIP). An event for local Washington DC and FiO/LS registered media are welcome to attend. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to interview panelists following the program. RSVP requested for credentialing: MediaRelations@osa.org


Sponsored by: