• Technical Conference:  31 October – 04 November 2021
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  02 – 03 November 2021

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About Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science

The Optical Society (OSA), in partnership with the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS) present Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science. The conference, which serves also as the OSA Annual Meeting, unites communities from both societies for comprehensive and current research in more than 30 optics and photonics topics and across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. 


Dates and Location

The 2021 conference returns to its original Washington, DC, location: The Washington Hilton. The conference will be presented over five days: 31 October - 04 November 2021.


Presentation Format

The conference will be held as scheduled in a hybrid format, which includes in-person and virtual components. Speakers will have the option to present onsite or online. Attendees that participate virtually will be able to view technical sessions live, online or access recorded, archived sessions later on demand.

The health and safety of conference attendees are of primary importance. OSA continues to monitor health and travel advisories related to COVID-19 and commits to being responsive amidst changing conditions. You are encouraged to check this website for current meeting status.


Conference Themes

The Technical Conference is supplemented by three themes that leverage the intersection between science and applications— the end result is intended to illustrate the research within the technology. The themes provide opportunities for focused, deep-dives into the most compelling and promising technologies of tomorrow. Each theme includes an all-invited program of panel discussions and is anchored by a 45-minute talk offered by a visionary speaker.

2021 Themes: Connecting Research and Applications

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision

Visionary Speakers

These speakers are individuals who come from within and beyond the optics and photonics community — each equipped to provide insight into cutting-edge advances related to the four conference themes.


Science + Industry Showcase

The technical content is complemented by the Science + Industry Showcase, an exhibition with leading optics companies, technology product demonstrations and industry-focused show floor programs. In addition, poster sessions will be held in the exhibition, with a select number presented in electronic, media-rich formats.