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17–21 September 2017
19–20 September 2017

Centennial & Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

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Join us for Frontiers in Optics in The Optical Society’s Centennial year. Held in Rochester, the birthplace of OSA, there will be an impressive lineup of special sessions and events. Check back as events are added.

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Write the Future

Earlier this year, entrants shared their visions of optics and photonics by creating fictional stories between 300 and 500 words. The winning story will be published in Optics and Photonics News and be recognized at FiO.


Science Educators Day (EDAY) 2016

Sunday, 16 October, 13:30 - 16:30

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom A-C

Join us in Rochester, NY for a free lunch and learn workshop hosted by The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and The Optical Society (OSA) Rochester Local Section for K-12 educators! This program will focus on light and color through fun, hands-on, and even *edible* science experiences. Participants will engage with a variety of take-home items for demonstration with their students. 

  • Learn about the components of white light with a "Rainbow Peephole," how some animals see patterns invisible to the human eye with "Magic Stripes," and how materials can change color with the "Magic Patch."
  • Learn about color absorption and reflection as we predict the colors of M&M's under different colors of light and as we observe how light travels through colored gummy bears.
  • Learn about color transmission as we observe the world through filters made of Jell-O.
  • Participants will walk away with a variety of resources for their students and multiple lesson resources appropriate for K-12.

We hope that all attendees will leave this program with the confidence to engage their students with optics and photonics in the classroom!

Please complete the following  form and contact if you have any questions.


OSA Student Leadership Conference

Monday, 17 October, 07:00 - 17:00

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, Grand Ballroom

All OSA Student Chapters in good standing are invited to send a representative to this event. For more information, please visit


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.

11:00 – 11:30 Welcome Remarks and General Introduction
11:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: Intersecting Science and Entrepreneurship
12:00 – 12:30 Round-Table Discussion 1: What are Two Key Elements to be Successful in Your Sector as Female Scientists?
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and Key Remarks by OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan, NSF Program Directors Carmiña Londoño and Dominique Dagenais
13:30 – 14:00 Round-Table Discussion 2: What are Two Things to Watch Out for and Suggestions for Overcoming Them?
14:00 – 14:30 Round-Table Discussion 3: What can Funding Agencies/Professional Societies/Academic Institutions/Corporations do to Provide More Concrete Support for Female Scientists?
14:30 – 16:30 AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop
16:30 – 17:00 Closing
17:00 – 18:00 Diversity and Inclusion Reception
Additional information including the full list of speakers can be found here.

To register for this event please sign up by clicking here


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.


Make Optics Career Roundtable

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

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom E

Hosted by the OSA Optical Fabrication and Testing Technical Group, this event will provide students and recent graduates with the opportunity to connect with experienced professionals working in academia, industry and government roles. Contact to register for this career roundtable event.


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. This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 US each.

Sponsored by Thorlabs


Optics in Digital Systems Technical Group Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, 18 October, 07:30 - 08:30

Genesee Suites G (Radisson)

Members of the OSA Optics in Digital System Technical Group are invited to join us for a networking breakfast on Tuesday morning. 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. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as breakfast will be provided. Contact to register, pending availability.


OSA Fellow Members Lunch

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 - 13:15

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom A-C

OSA Fellow Members are invited to join their colleagues for lunch. Advance registration is required. Contact the OSA Awards Office for more information (


Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 - 13:30

Grand Ballroom D (Radisson)

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special talk focused on photonics and optical materials. Dr. Michal Lipson of Columbia University will be the featured speaker and will present her talk ‘Novel Materials for Next Generation Photonic Devices’. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided. Contact to register, pending availability.


Polarization Technical Group Special Talks

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 - 13:00

Genesee Suites F (Radisson)

Organized by the OSA Polarization Technical Group, this event will feature a series of special talks by three high impact speakers working in this field. Join us to hear about our speakers’ recent research and discuss advances in the field of polarization over lunch. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

Contact to register, pending availability.


OSA Members, Family and Friends Tour

Tuesday, 18 October, 13:45 - 16:00

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

OSA members and their families are welcome to attend a 90-minute tour of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, which is the home of the legendary American women’s rights leader during the most politically active period of her life. The home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when Susan B. Anthony was its president. Come learn how she and fellow suffragists changed history for women’s rights.

Shuttle transportation will depart from the Hyatt Regency Rochester at 13:45 and guests will return at 16:00. 

The event is free to OSA members, their families and friends. Children are welcome.

For more information click here.

ADVANCE RESERVATONS ONLY. Please contact Pamela Wimmer at by 11 October to reserve a spot.


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. All are welcome.


Photonics Clambake 2016

Tuesday, 18 October, 17:30 - 20:30

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Grand Ballroom

The Photonics Clambake is a melting pot of optics & photonics professionals who gather to enjoy one of the industry’s premier networking events while relaxing with refreshing beverages, great food and lots of clams. The turnout for the last clambake was a record 540 people in attendance!

Ticket Fee: $80 USD per person

Please complete the form to purchase tickets.

What Your Ticket Includes: Four dozen steamed clams plus dinner buffet including: BBQ chicken, pasta, salt potatoes, corn on the cob and salad. Three hours of open bar to include wine beer and liquor.

Reservations & Payment: All payments are to be made in advance no later than FRIDAY, 14 OCTOBER. No payments will be accepted at the door.

Questions? Contact Mike Naselaris of Sydor Optics, Inc. at or +1.585.271.7300


Optics & Energy: Reflections on the Past and Lighting the Future

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

Genesee Suites F (Radisson)

Join the OSA Optics for Energy Technical Group for this special event highlighting the major milestones of the optics and energy partnership through the last century. Visionaries in the field will be invited to share their thoughts and provide insight into the future of energy-related research and applications. Brief presentations will be followed by informal discussions and networking over refreshments.


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.



Optics Alumni Networking Reception

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

Riverview Ballroom (Radisson)

The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester; The College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona; The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida; and Stanford Photonics Research Center, Stanford University, are honored to host our alumni and invited friends for a reception in conjunction with OSA FiO. Remarks from Optics Leaders will be featured at 20:00, including Xi-Cheng Zhang, Thomas Koch, Bahaa Saleh and Thomas Baer. 

Invitation only; registration is required; RSVP by October 7, 2016.  Our alumni are welcome to register others by invitation only, please.


Glass Art Contest & Auction

Exhibit Hall (Convention Center)

During exhibit hours
Wednesday, 19 October, 9:30 - 16:00
Thursday, 20 October 9:30 - 14:00

Hosted by the OSA Rochester Section and the OSA Foundation

Optical fabricators and glass artists will showcase their unique approaches to the design and manufacture of glass artwork. Pieces will be displayed in the Frontiers in Optics Exhibition Hall, 19 – 20 October. All attendees are invited to vote for their favorite piece in the contest, and several of the pieces are available for auction. Proceeds will go to the OSA Rochester Section to support the Optics Suitcase and the OSA Foundation to support the Explore Optics Kit.


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.

Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs involved or interested in Photonics innovation
  • Emerging Optics and Photonics companies seeking to network with technology partners and investors
  • Investment professionals from the angel, venture, corporate and institutional communities
  • R&D, purchasing, supply chain managers, and manufacturing senior executives from the Photonics industry
NESCO will be held in conjunction with FiO/LS. A FiO/LS conference badge (including Exhibit Hall only badges) will grant you access to the NESCO event. When registering for FiO/LS, please also select the AIM Photonics NESCO event during the registration process.  

Questions? Please contact Frank Tolic at


Environmental Sensing Technical Group Special Talk

Wednesday, 19 October, 12:00 - 13:00

Genesee Suites G (Radisson)

Join the OSA Environmental Sensing Technical Group for a special talk focused on open-path sensing and the application of UAVs in environmental sensing. Dr. Azer Yalin of Colorado State University will be the featured speaker and will present his talk ‘Laser Ring-Down Sensors for Atmospheric Trace Gas Detection Using Mobile Platforms’. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided. Contact to register, pending availability.


Student Chapter Competition

Wednesday, 19 October, 14:00 - 16:00

Exhibit Hall (Convention Center)

OSA challenges its student chapters to an annual competition where they showcase their unique and innovative skills with youth education outreach demonstrations. Each competing chapter will use the The OSA Foundation & Laser Classroom's Explore Optics Kit and any easily obtained items to create a new demonstration that is not already a part of these kits. Competitors will have their sights set on three cash prizes of up to $500, so it’s a show you don’t want to miss.


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. All are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.


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 Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, 19 October, 17:00 - 17:45

Hyatt Regency Rochester, Regency Ballroom C

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. An update on the Society’s 2015 activities will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.


APS Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, 19 October, 17:00 - 18:00

Genesee Suites F (Radisson)

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.


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!

Entry is free for registered technical attendees of Frontiers in Optics.

OSA Members who are not planning to attend as a Technical registrant can register for the free Exhibit Hall Only option and receive complimentary entry to the party.

Nonmembers who are not planning to attend as a Technical registrant can register for the free Exhibit Hall Only option then select the option to purchase a BASH ticket for $100 US. 

Additional guest BASH tickets are available for $100 US each.


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


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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