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8 February: Light the Future with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC, USA, hosted the first Light the Future speaker series of the year.  Isaacson is also the author of many best-selling books including, “The Innovators," “Steve Jobs,” and “Einstein: His Life and Universe."

The theme of his talk was "The Collaboration and Teamwork of Today’s Great Innovators."   It can be viewed here:  

5 December: Light the Future with Prof. Sir David Payne

As part of OSA's 100th anniversary celebration, the Light The Future speaker series has featured distinguished scientists, engineers and Nobel Laureates.  On 5 December 2016, during Photonics India, Prof. Sir David Payne, University of Southampton, Highfield and OSA Fellow, gave a public presentation. He highlighted the enabling technologies and noted that the Optical Fiber Internet is perhaps the greatest gift photonics gave to mankind. Sir David also talked about bridging the digital divide by providing accessible, affordable global communications.  

3 November: Light the Future with Steven Chu

Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, former U.S Secretary of Energy and OSA Fellow,  gave a public presentation at ACP on Thursday, 3 November 2016 as part of OSA's Light The Future speaker series.  Dr. Chu gave an exhilarating talk about energy, biomedicine and optics and photonics research that will have a profound effect on the global economy and our everyday lives. 

The talk can be seen here when it becomes available.

20 October: Light the Future with Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku, futurist and theoretical physicist, City College of New York, gave a public presentation at FiO on Thursday, 20 October 2016. Sir Peter L. Knight, emeritus professor, Imperial College, London, OSA 2004 President and OSA Fellow served as the Master of Ceremonies for this program.  This program also featured a special Ignite the Future segment where predictions of what’s next in optics were given by Nobel Prize winners, including Nicolaas Bloembergen, Robert F. Curl, Roy J. Glauber,  John L. Hall, W.E. Moerner, William D. Phillips and David J. Wineland.  

"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.

24 August: Light the Future with Susana Marcos

Susana Marcos, Professor of Research, Instituto de Óptica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and OSA Fellow, gave a public presentation at LAOP, Wednesday, 24 August 2016.

"An Eye into the Future"
The eye is a fascinating optical system, yet its performance gets compromised with age and disease. Myopia affects 25% of the population (90% in some Asian countries) and its prevalece is raising. Presbyopia, the age-related loss of the crystalline lens to accommodate near and far, affects 100% of the population over 45 years of age. Light-based technologies and optics allow us for a better diagnosis and treatment of the eye. Future optical technologies hold promise for restoring sight and will be key in improving eye care for all.

The 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics

Aug 21 to Aug 25 2017

Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo

19th Nano Congress for Next Generation

Aug 21 to Aug 22 2017


5th World Congress on Infectious Diseases

Aug 21 to Aug 23 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport
San Francisco
United States

26th Characterization and Radiometric Calibration for Remote Sensing (CALCON) Annual Meeting

Aug 21 to Aug 24 2017

Utah State University Eccles Conference Center
United States

2nd International Conference on Physics

Aug 28 to Aug 30 2017

Not decided

Asian Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2017

Aug 28 to Aug 31 2017

Nusadua Resort, Bali Indonesia

8th Conference Photonics Prague on Photonics, Devices and Systems

Aug 28 to Aug 30 2017

Clarion Congreubytovani2ss Hotel Prague ****
Czech Republic

VI International School and Conference on Photonics

Aug 28 to Sep 01 2017


9th Mediterranean Conference on Nano-Photonics

Sep 03 to Sep 04 2017

Hotel La Bussola

78th Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) Autumn Meeting

Sep 05 to Sep 08 2017

Fukuoka International Congress Center

JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia 2017

Sep 05 to Sep 08 2017

Fukuoka International Congress Center

International School on Computational Microscopy 2017

Sep 05 to Sep 08 2017

Hotel La Bussola

6th Euro-Global Conference on Infectious Diseases

Sep 07 to Sep 09 2017


International Conference on Correlation Optics

Sep 11 to Sep 15 2017

Hotel Bukovina Conference Halls

European Conference on Optical Communications

Sep 17 to Sep 21 2017


Frontiers in Optics: the 101st OSA Annual Meeting and Exhibit/Laser Science Conference

Sep 17 to Sep 21 2017

Washington Hilton
District of Columbia
United States

DokDok 2017

Sep 18 to Sep 22 2017

Michel Hotel

The 1st International Conference of Smart World 2017

Sep 25 to Sep 27 2017

Xi'an Qujiang International Conference Center

2nd International Conference on Infection Control

Sep 25 to Sep 26 2017

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago North Shore Conference Center 9599 Skokie Blvd. Skokie IL 60077
United States

17th Euro Biotechnology Congress

Sep 25 to Sep 27 2017

Golden Tulip