Technical Conference:
18-22 October 2015
Exposition:
20-21 October 2015

Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

Make Valuable Connections. Collaborate.

Look forward to exciting professional networking events at FiO/LS 2015.

FiO Postdeadline Papers
International Year of Light – Science to Solutions
International Year of Light/OSA Presidents Reception
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Tuesday
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Wednesday
Laser Science Annual Business Meeting
Laser Science Banquet
Meet the Editors of the APS Journals
Meet OSA’s Journal Editors
OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges
OSA’s Annual Business Meeting
OSA Division and Technical Group Meetings
OSA Member Reception
OSA Members, Family and Friends Event
OSA Student Member Reception
Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)
Student Chapter Competition
Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
Townes Memorial Reception
VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students 

OSA Division and Technical Group Meetings
Dates and Times TBA
 
Several OSA Technical Groups will be hosting events at this year’s meeting. Potential events include workshops, panel discussions, networking events and poster sessions. Stay tuned for more information on these activities, which will offer an excellent opportunity for you to connect with colleagues within your field.
If you are interested in organizing an activity at FiO for your respective technical group, please contact your group chair or contact OSA at tgactivities@osa.org.

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Sunday, 18 October

Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
Sunday, 18 October, 16:30 – 18:30
 
In 1958, at Bell Laboratories, Charles Hard Townes, one of the foremost pioneers of quantum electronics, and Arthur Schawlow invented the laser, explaining its geometry, operating principles and presenting its foundational theory. The laser, operating at optical frequencies, was based on Townes’s invention at Columbia University of the maser (microwave analog of the laser) which he demonstrated experimentally in 1954. Townes received the Nobel Prize in 1964, along with Soviet scientists Nikolai Basov and Alexander Prokhorov.

This symposium brings together participants from every step of his professional career. For more information click here

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Townes Memorial Reception
Sunday, 18 October, 18:30 – 20:30
Complimentary for FiO/LS Technical Attendees*
 
Get the FiO/LS 2015 conference off to a great start by attending the Townes Reception! Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres.
 
*This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Please bring your conference registration badge. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each..

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OSA Student Member Reception
Sunday, 18 October, 19:00 – 22:00
South First Billiards

This reception is a fun event that encourages Student Members of OSA to meet, enjoy refreshments and have a good time! Note that membership status will be checked.
 
No charge to all OSA Student Members. Must be 21 or over to consume alcohol.

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Monday, 19 October

Meet OSA’s Journal Editors
Monday, 19 October, 12:00 – 13:30

OSA’s journal Editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  • What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?
  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?
  • What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?
  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?
  • Other topics of interest to you

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

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International Year of Light – Science to Solutions
Monday, 19 October, 16:00 – 18:00
 
Moderator: Eric Mazur, Harvard University, USA

The International Year of Light Special Session, open to the public, will showcase examples of how optics has made, and will make, a difference in society.  Speakers will highlight the connection between fundamental scientific research to solutions to problems with societal impact.  The topical coverage will span issues such as energy, climate, health care, and telecommunications.  The talks are intended to be short (10-20 min), in TED-talk style, designed to engage and inspire. 

Speakers:

  • David Crisp, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA, Space Based Measurements of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: A New Tool for Monitoring Our Environment
  • Elsa Garmire, Dartmouth College, USA, Nonlinear Optics
  • Michal Lipson, Cornell Univ., USA, Computing at the Speed of Light
  • Katarina Svanberg, Lund Laser Centre, Switzerland, Applications of Laser Spectroscopy to Meet Challenges in Medicine
  • Bruce Tromberg, University of California at Irvine, USA, Biophotonics and the Future of Personal Health Monitoring

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International Year of Light/OSA Presidents Reception - "Light up the Night"
Monday, 19 October, 18:30 – 20:30
City Hall Rotunda
Complimentary for FiO/LS Technical Attendees*


OSA President Philip Russell invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light by reaching new heights! Enjoy delicious bites and beverages in City Hall’s 110-foot tall Rotunda. Mix and mingle with friends old and new as we light up the night in downtown San Jose.
 
*This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Please bring your conference registration badge. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each.

The City Hall Rotunda is a short 10 minute walk away from The Fairmont Hotel.

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Tuesday, 20 October

Student Chapter Competition
Tuesday, 20 October, Exhibit Hall

OSA challenges its student chapters to showcase their best ideas for youth education outreach. This year’s challenge and entry form will be released in July- stay tuned!
 
All FiO/LS attendees are invited to attend and see the demos.

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Joint FiO/LS Poster Session
Tuesday, 20 October, 14:30 – 16:00

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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OSA’s Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, 20 October, 17:00 – 17:45

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2014 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.

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Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, 20 October, 17:00 – 18:00

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.

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 OSA Member Reception: Trip the Light Fantastic
An International Year of Light-apalooza
Tuesday, 20 October, 18:30 – 20:30
Complimentary and for OSA Members Only*

The Optical Society cordially invites OSA Members to a celebratory night for the International Year of Light.
 
The poet John Milton wrote, “Com, and trip it as ye go, / On the light fantastick toe”. As we start to wind down on this glorious year that focused the world’s attention on light, let’s take Milton’s advice and let loose. For one special evening, OSA Members will enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. We’ll provide the beverages, appetizers, and music. You just need to bring your dancing shoes (oh, and your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card).
 
If you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt. *This event is complimentary and is for OSA Members. If you would like to bring a guest, tickets are available for $75 USD each.
 
Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA Member event.

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Laser Science Banquet
Tuesday, 20 October, 19:00 – 21:00
Gordon Biersch Restaurant

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased when you register for the meeting.

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Wednesday, 21 October

Joint FiO/LS Poster Session
Wednesday, 21 October, 09:30 – 11:00

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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OSA Members, Family and Friends Event
Wednesday, 21 October, 10:00 – 12:15

Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre-dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era. Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the top sites to visit in San Jose, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the museum’s exhibits, which focus on gods and religion, kings and pharaohs, and burial practices.

To reserve a spot, contact Pamela Wimmer at pwimmer@osa.org by Monday, October 12. Download the flyer.
 

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VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students
Wednesday, 21 October, 12:30 – 14:00
 
This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 6-8 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Past participating executives have included:

  • Robert "Bob" Breault, Founder/Chairman/President, Breault Research Organization, Inc.
  • Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer, NP Photonics, Inc.
  • James Fisher, Vice President, Newport Corporation
  • Thomas L. Koch, Dean and Professor, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Jason Mulliner, Chief Financial Officer, Edmund Optics
  • Donald A. Pearson, II, President & CEO, TRIOPTICS USA / Davidson Optronics / Wells Research
  • Stephen Schaffer, Vice President, Evaporated Coatings, Inc.
  • Andre Wong, Director, Product Line Management, JDSU 

Space is limited. Only Students and Recent Graduates (those who have completed their final degree in the last three years) are eligible to attend.

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Meet the Editors of the APS Journals
Wednesday, 21 October, 13:00 – 14:30

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.

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Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)
Wednesday, 21 October, 17:00 – 20:00
*Free of Charge – RSVP Required.

The Optical Society hosts an annual event focusing on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom activities. This program is provided free of charge and available to youth science educators.  Attendees also receive complimentary classroom materials.

To confirm your attendance simply email your name and contact information to eday@osa.org.

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OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges
Wednesday, 21 October, 18:00 – 20:00

During this open town-hall meeting, thought leaders will join in a dynamic debate and share perspectives that are critical to understanding the rapidly expanding biophotonics market.

The Forum aims to find consensus through an open town‐hall type discussion on key topics affecting the biophotonics segment, beyond technical achievements or new product applications:

  • Where is the funded research going?
  • What is the enabling technology that has the most market traction?
  • What are the bottlenecks or “showstoppers” among photonics technologies today?
  • What are the solutions?

This complimentary event will include a discussion aimed at distilling and prioritizing key findings, for future use by the photonics community.
 
Light refreshments will be served.

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FiO Postdeadline Papers
Wednesday, 21 October, 20:00 – 22:00

The FiO 2015 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.

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