• Technical Conference:  13 – 17 September 2020
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  15 – 16 September 2020

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Because 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. It is virtually impossible to attend without expanding your professional network.

Event name Sunday, 15 September Monday, 16 September Tuesday, 17 September Wednesday, 18 September
WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) 08:00 - 16:00
 
 
 
LGBTQ Meetup – Friends of Dorothy 16:00 - 18:20
 
 
 
OSA Career Lab Workshop: Advancing Mid-Managers Summit  
08:00 - 18:00
 
 
OSA U.S. Capitol Hill Meetings  
09:00 - 16:00
 
 
Building Your Personal Brand  
11:00 - 12:00
 
 
Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research  
12:00 - 18:00
 
 
OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group Birds of a Feather Lunch  
12:30 - 14:00
 
 
40 Top Jobs For STEM PhDs. Which Is Right For You?  
14:15 - 15:15
 
 
Meet OSA’s Journal Editors  
15:00 - 16:00
 
 
Power Negotiating Your Salary Offer - How PhDs Get Paid What They Are Worth  
15:30 - 16:30
 
 
The Rules of Engagement: Navigating Important Business Relationships  
16:45 - 18:00
 
 
OSA Fiber Optics Technology Technical Group Fire Presentation & Networking Event  
18:00 - 19:00
 
 
Optics and Photonics Frontiers 2019  
18:00 - 19:00
 
 
Explore DC - FIO OSA Student Member Walking tour of the Monuments  
18:30 - 19:30
 
 
FiO + LS Awards Ceremony and Reception  
18:30 - 21:00
 
 
FiO Student Member Party  
19:00 - 22:00
 
 
Wiki Needs the Women of Optics -- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon  
 
10:00 - 12:00
 
OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Panel Discussion- Transitioning into a Career in Optics  
 
12:40 - 13:45
 
Meet the APS Physical Review Journal Editors Reception  
 
14:00 - 15:30
 
Be a Part of the Solution: Ally & Bystander Training  
 
15:30 - 16:30
 
DLS Annual Business Meeting  
 
17:15 - 18:15
 
OSA Annual Business Meeting  
 
17:30 - 18:30
 
FiO + LS Conference Reception  
 
18:30 - 20:30
 
Fiber Optic Explosions  
 
 
10:00 - 11:00
OIDA / OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn  
 
 
12:45 - 14:15
OSA Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group Networking Session  
 
 
14:15 - 15:30
Quantum Photonics Market Opportunities Panel  
 
 
15:30 - 17:00
OSA Senior Member Reception  
 
 
16:00 - 18:00
Movie Night: Quantum Shorts Film Festival  
 
 
19:30 - 20:30

Exhibit Hall Activities

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship)

Sunday, 15 September 08:00 - 16:00
OSA Headquaters

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize the 4th international symposium “Global Women of Light” (GWL). This GWL symposium will focus on Career Strategies for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. A full description of the program and biographies of the panelists will be available soon. 


The goal of the GWL Symposium is to continue building a strong network among women across academia, industry, and government and collaboratively establish strategies to advance women’s leadership across career ranks. Panel and round-table open discussions on “Career Strategies and Intersecting Science and Entrepreneurship” will be hosted at this event. We have invited internationally renowned women leaders from both STEM and entrepreneurial backgrounds to provide their strategies and best practices on advancing women leaders in these fields. A networking session will close out the day’s program and provide an opportunity for informal discussion. A community of women across career ranks and disciplines in STEM and Entrepreneurship will continue to be built, creating cross pollinated best practices and strategies across sectors. Career growth, mobility, mentorship, and leadership will be collectively developed by this community.

LGBTQ Meetup – Friends of Dorothy

Sunday, 15 September 16:00 - 18:20
Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana (2609 24th Street, NW)

OSA invites you to Friends of Dorothy, our LGTBQ+ networking event during FiO. OSA welcomes anyone who is interest to come join us – we’ll buy the first round (and some snacks).

OSA Career Lab Workshop: Advancing Mid-Managers Summit

Monday, 16 September 08:00 - 18:00
Wilson C

The Summit is a very focused and unique professional development experience. In this small group setting, mid-level professionals will have the opportunity to enhance and develop the leadership skills, relationships, and effectiveness that distinguish them in their professions and will enable them to make more meaningful contributions to the teams and organizations they serve. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from CEOs, mentors and guest speakers. Participants engage in-group discussions, problem-solving and other activities to enhance management skills. Topics will include managing from the middle, navigating organizational politics and cultures, strategic planning, as well career planning and participants will leave with strategies and skills to make an impact when they return to their organization.

The Advancing Mid-Managers Summit is designed for individuals with at least five years of experience as a fulltime professional and looking to move into a Vice President or Chief Executive Officer position in the next 3-5 years. Students are ineligible to attend. Eligible participants are middle managers and/or are judged to have high potential in their organization. Participants will also commit to and engage in post Summit work over the course of 6 months. This program is complimentary for OSA/APS Members, and $200 for Nonmember. Advanced Registration is required.

Learn more and register at The Advancing Mid-Mangers Summit website.

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OSA U.S. Capitol Hill Meetings

Monday, 16 September 09:00 - 16:00

U.S. Congressional Representatives need to hear from the scientists and engineers who live or work in the districts they represent. While the President recommends funding levels for research and development at U.S. federal agencies through his budget proposal, it is ultimately up to members of Congress to decide these funding levels. OSA is organizing meetings on 16 September to give OSA members who live in the U.S. the opportunity to advocate for topics such as R&D funding and quantum research to their Congressional Representatives. Specific topics will be sent out to participants closer to the date.  OSA will schedule ALL of your Congressional meetings based on the districts you live and work in, escort you to your meetings, provide you with “leave behind” materials, and provide you with a pre-visits training webinar to ensure you are prepared before your visits.  When you RSVP, please let us know your specific availability for 16 September so that we can schedule your Congressional meetings within your available time frame.  Learn more.

RSVP is required.  Deadline to RSVP is 9 September.

Building Your Personal Brand

Monday, 16 September 11:00 - 12:00
Wilson A&B

When living in a world with countless online communication forums, building a strong personal brand is essential. A strong brand can expand your professional network and your career opportunities. This program will provide tips to clearly communicate your educational and professional highlights, what you currently do, why you do it and what is next for you professionally.

Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Monday, 16 September 12:00 - 18:00
Hoover

Organizers: Samir Bali, Miami University of Ohio, USA, and Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook University, USA

The Symposium on Undergraduate Research has been a feature of the annual meeting of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society (APS-DLS) for sixteen years, and has showcased the research of more than 500 students during that time. Students’ presentations often describe their work during the previous summer. The NSF has played a vital role by providing the research opportunities for many of the students through its REU programs, as well as by direct support of the event. The symposium has been generously supported by the DLS, OSA, NSF, SPS, and Univ. MD (JQI), along with corporate sponsors Thorlabs, Photonics Industries, East Coast Optical Technologies, and Bristol Instruments

OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group Birds of a Feather Lunch

Monday, 16 September 12:30 - 14:00
Wilson A&B

Join the OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group for a guided networking session during lunch on Monday. In addition to learning more about this technical group, you will have a chance to connect with your fellow attendees who share an interest in the same topics as you, such as elastography, lasers as surgical tools, tissue imaging, spectroscopic tools and methods, and light-tissue interactions. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us for this event.

40 Top Jobs For STEM PhDs. Which Is Right For You?

Monday, 16 September 14:15 - 15:15
Wilson A&B

In this seminar, you will gain a thorough understanding of your career options as a STEM PhD regardless of the country you want to work in. Understanding which industry positions are on the rise in STEM will help you see what’s available to you outside of a traditional postdoc or professorship. This understanding will also help you make an intelligent decision on which positions you would enjoy and which you may not enjoy. Perhaps you are a better fit for a Project Manager or Business Development Manager position over an R&D Scientist or R&D Engineer position. Perhaps you are a better fit for a Competitive Intelligence Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, Medical Communication Specialist, Healthcare Information Technology Specialist, or User Experience Analyst. When choosing the next step in your career, you must consider not only the title and salary you want to have, but the professional lifestyle you want to live out. This session will help you choose accordingly.

Speaker: Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, USA

Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

Monday, 16 September 15:00 - 16:00
Exhibit Hall B South (via the Washington rooms hallway)

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 can be covered include best practices when submitting a manuscript, elements of a useful manuscript review, criteria editors look for in submitted manuscripts, and the process to propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA journal. All are welcome to attend.

Power Negotiating Your Salary Offer - How PhDs Get Paid What They Are Worth

Monday, 16 September 15:30 - 16:30
Wilson A&B

What are your salary expectations? If you are not sure how to answer this question, you will want to come to this seminar. In this seminar, you will learn how to avoid not being paid what you are worth as a PhD. Most PhDs still fail to negotiate their salary contracts, even though companies expect them to negotiate. However, while companies expect you to negotiate, they will still apply negotiation strategies against you to drive down the cost of your salary contract. Here, we will cover which strategies companies will apply against you and how to combat these strategies. We will show you how companies start negotiations very early in the job search process, even at the resume stage, and how to prepare for it so that you can leverage your PhD to increase your starting salary by 15-20%.

Speaker: Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, USA

The Rules of Engagement: Navigating Important Business Relationships

Monday, 16 September 16:45 - 18:00
Wilson A&B

Important business relationships are often formed and cemented in social settings. Yet, many professionals feel uncomfortable in these environments. Working a crowded room and managing the more formal dining setting—these and other business entertainment opportunities challenge many professionals, junior and more senior alike. This 90-minute program is specifically designed to help your professionals feel competent and comfortable in any business-social setting. Participants will learn ten specific rules for working a reception and ten more rules for managing a business lunch or dinner. We will also cover rules for electronic communications and personal presentation.

Working Cocktail Parties and Receptions

  • Pre-event preparation
  • Introductions
  • Remembering names
  • Business card etiquette
  • Breaking and entering conversations
  • Transforming small talk into business conversations
  • Becoming memorable to new contacts

Managing Business Lunches and Dinners

  • Selecting an appropriate restaurant
  • Making seating & ordering decisions
  • Timing business discussions
  • Solving dining mysteries (Including strange silverware, bread-and-butter plates, messy foods, and inedibles)
  • Mastering trick foods
  • Managing wait staff

Speaker: Mary Crane, USA

OSA Fiber Optics Technology Technical Group Fire Presentation & Networking Event

Monday, 16 September 18:00 - 19:00
Washington 1

Join the OSA Fiber Optics Technology Technical Group for a networking event on Monday evening that will highlight the research being done in this topic area by students and early career professionals. The event will be an opportunity to hear rapid-fire presentations of the work they will present during Frontier in Optics while networking with your colleagues over refreshments.  At the end of the session, attendees will vote for the top fiber optics presentation. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us for this event.

Optics and Photonics Frontiers 2019

Monday, 16 September 18:00 - 19:00
Washington 2

Join the OSA Imaging Optical Design Technical Group and NonImaging Optical Design Technical group for this special session and networking opportunity on Monday evening. Attendees will have the chance to hear brief talks on topics relevant to the scope of the technical groups followed by a question and answer session. The event also will be a great opportunity to network with your colleagues who share an interest in these areas, learn more about these technical groups, and provide your input on future technical group activities. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us for this event.
 

Explore DC - FIO OSA Student Member Walking tour of the Monuments

Monday, 16 September 18:30 - 19:30
World War II Memorial

Meet at the World War II Memorial at 1750 Independence Ave SW, and join fellow OSA student members on a walking tour of DC! After the tour head over to the Student Party just a short walk from the monuments for more networking and social time. Wear comfortable shoes!

FiO + LS Awards Ceremony and Reception

Monday, 16 September 18:30 - 21:00
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Connect with distinguished members of the optics and photonics community at the FiO + LS Awards Ceremony & Reception. This special event will honor the 2019 Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize Winner Eli Yablonovitch, the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Recipient Steven Cundiff, as well as the other OSA, OSA Foundation, and APS/DLS winners and honorees.

Tickets may be purchased for US$75 using the online registration form. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the conference registration desk.

FiO Student Member Party

Monday, 16 September 19:00 - 22:00
The Brighton (949 Wharf St., SW, Washington, DC)

All OSA student members attending FiO are invited to head down to the Wharf and explore the city while networking with your peers. Food and fun will be provided!

Wiki Needs the Women of Optics -- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, 17 September 10:00 - 12:00
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

What’s an Edit-a-thon? It’s a community organized event focused on editing, updating, and adding articles on Wikipedia. At FiO we will focus on ensuring the Women of Optics get the pages they deserve.

Fast Facts: Only 18% of the 1.6 million biographies in the English Wikipedia are about women. The figure is lower for people tagged as scientists – 16% of almost 150,000 articles.

You will learn how to create and edit pages and will then have an opportunity to work together to research and write the biographies. Bring your laptop, enthusiasm and passion for honor the women of our field. Instructions, potential honorees and on-site guidance will be provided. No previous experience is needed!

OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Panel Discussion- Transitioning into a Career in Optics

Tuesday, 17 September 12:40 - 13:45
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

Join the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a special panel discussion on Tuesday afternoon. Our feature panelists, Gabrielle Thomas of M2 Lasers, Govind Agrawal of the University of Rochester and Alison Taylor of OSA Publishing, will share their perspectives on how their skills have translated to the workplace. Following the conclusion of the discussion, attendees are invited to network with colleagues over refreshments. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us for this event.

Meet the APS Physical Review Journal Editors Reception

Tuesday, 17 September 14:00 - 15:30
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

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.

Be a Part of the Solution: Ally & Bystander Training

Tuesday, 17 September 15:30 - 16:30
Wilson A&B

OSA is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to the free and robust exchange of scientific ideas. This requires that all participants be treated with equal consideration and respect. With this in mind, OSA is offering this session to help provide members with the skills needed to make this a reality throughout our community. The program will examine different ways to successfully respond to harassment, bullying or other unwanted behavior.

DLS Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 17 September 17:15 - 18:15
Washington 5

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 Laser Science Conference. In addition, the winner of the Carl E. Anderson Dissertation Award will be announced.

OSA Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 17 September 17:30 - 18:30
Wilson C

Learn more about OSA by joining volunteers, key constituents and the OSA Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Business Meeting. An update on the Society’s activities will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.

FiO + LS Conference Reception

Tuesday, 17 September 18:30 - 20:30
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Dance the night away and enjoy tasty treats with your fellow conference attendees from around the world. 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.

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Fiber Optic Explosions

Wednesday, 18 September 10:00 - 11:00
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

The Stanford Optical Society developed fiber optic explosions as a craftable outreach demo to teach students about total internal reflection. It combines plastic optical fibers with a color changing LED into a colorful bouquet that can be worn and shared with friends. An OSA Special Programs Grant funded the first batch of explosions, which were assembled with students at large science expos and smaller elementary school science nights throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us for a discussion about the design and impact of this engaging demo and take one home to share with your community.

OIDA / OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, 18 September 12:45 - 14:15
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with key industry and academic leaders in the community.

OIDA Leaders include:
Amy Eskilson, President and CEO, Inrad Optics
Tom Tongue, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Toptica Photonics, Inc.
Danielle Wuchenich, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Liquid Instruments
Jessica Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy, Optimax Systems
Ken Kaufmann, Business Development, Photonics Management Corp a Hamamatsu company

Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested government/public service, to those looking to translate their bench work skills to product development – are encouraged to attend. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with the attending leaders, while they will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees are requested to upload their resume to be shared with the attending leaders. RSVP Here

 

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OSA Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group Networking Session

Wednesday, 18 September 14:15 - 15:30
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

As an attendee, you will be asked to indicate your position on the question ‘must AR headsets reproduce accommodation?’ when you enter the networking area, which will help kick-off your conversations with fellow attendees. The session will be a great opportunity to connect with your fellow attendees who share an interest in this field, learn more about this technical group, and provide your input on future technical group activities. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us for this event.

Quantum Photonics Market Opportunities Panel

Wednesday, 18 September 15:30 - 17:00
Washington 4

Come join in this interactive discussion of technology trends and market opportunities in quantum photonics.  Which opportunities will get the most traction and which are the most speculative?  What are the greatest challenges facing scientists and engineers in quantum technology?  The session will feature perspectives from panelists and will encourage audience participation in the discussion.

Panelists:
Bill Munro, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan
Tom Tongue, TOPTICA Photonics, Inc, USA
Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, PsiQuantum, USA
Joseph Thom, M-Squared, UK

OSA Senior Member Reception

Wednesday, 18 September 16:00 - 18:00
Stone's Throw Restaurant

Join us for a reception with other OSA Senior Members, and for future OSA Senior Members to learn about this distinction, it’s benefits, application process and deadline while networking with colleagues from around the world.

This program is complimentary for OSA Members and there is limited space. RSVP here.

Movie Night: Quantum Shorts Film Festival

Wednesday, 18 September 19:30 - 20:30
Wilson A&B

Quantum physics has long provided inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and philosophers. Join us for a very special screening of four films from the 2018 Quantum Shorts Film Festival which challenges writers and filmmakers to produce quantum-inspired creations. The evening will be hosted by Araceli Venegas-Gomez from QURECA, UK.


Over 170 submissions were judged as part of the 2018 festival. Our viewing will include the top-three films and one from the top ten.

Slide! (First Prize)
If the World Spinned Backwards (Runner Up)
Legio VIII Quantae (People’s Choice Prize)
Heads or Tails (Top Ten)

Quantum Shorts is an initiative of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) that has run every year since 2012, alternating between calls for short films and flash fiction (shorts.quantumlah.org). The festival is also supported by media partners Scientific American and Nature, and scientific and screening partners around the world’. The Centre brings together physicists, computer scientists and engineers to do basic research on quantum physics and to build devices based on quantum phenomena.

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