• Technical Conference & Virtual Exhibits:  14 – 17 September 2020

Program & Speakers


Join the Visionaries at FiO + LS

OSA and APS/DLS, after assessing health and travel advisories related to COVID-19, have decided to present this year’s conference as scheduled, but in an all-virtual, web conference format.

Technical sessions will be presented live from the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT, GMT-04:00) with a recorded archive available later for on-demand viewing.


What Will be Presented Online?

All participants will receive access to the live technical sessions, recorded/archived content AND the Technical Digest. Access includes:

  • Plenary sessions and Visionary talks
  • All technical sessions (including invited speakers, contributed oral and poster presentations and postdeadline papers)
  • Select industry-based, “show floor” programs
  • Special events

Conference Themes

The Technical Conference is now organized around two themes that leverage the intersection between science and applications— the end result is intended to illustrate the research within the technology. 

  • Quantum Technologies (in conjunction with the OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference)
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision

Visionary Speakers

Plenary and invited speakers will still be an essential part of the technical program. However, a new category, visionary speakers, has been added to the mix. These individuals 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.


As befitting the OSA Annual Meeting, all members will be given the ability to present a contributed paper.

Rapid-fire Oral Presentations, held in the Science Showcase Theater during the first hour of each poster session, a select number of poster presenters offer Rapid-fire Oral Presentations, which consist of a brief oral presentation accompanied by slides. This format enables poster presenters to preview key results from their research in brief, five-minute segments. In the session’s second hour, presenters are available for more in-depth discussions adjacent to their accompanying posters. 

A select number of presentations will be offered as e-Posters—which supplements the author’s introduction, motivation, results and conclusions with digital capabilities that aid deeper discussion.