OSA’s membership and activities include a global community of scientists, educators, engineers, technicians, students and business leaders with an interest in optics and photonics. OSA is committed to fostering the global optics and photonics community, particularly in countries with developing optics communities.
OSA has a significant international presence
At present, OSA has more than 18,000 members from 100 countries and nearly 275 student chapters in more than 50 countries. Fifty-three percent of OSA members reside outside of the United States.
OSA is committed to fostering the global optics and photonics community
Members in developing nations receive an OSA dues discount.
OSA has an international agreement with the Australian Optical Society, Chinese Optical Society, Optical Society of Korea and the Mexican Optical Society that gives their members a discount on OSA dues.
OSA co-sponsors or manages multiple conferences and congresses on 6 continents, including CLEO/Europe and CLEO/Pacific Rim, Asian Conference on Photonics and Communications, the Latin America Optics and Photonics Conference and European Conferences on Biomedical Optics.
Approximately 70% of OSA journal authors reside outside of the U.S.
The Society is actively working to encourage involvement of international scientists in OSA leadership committees and councils.
The OSA International Council supports a number of programs linked to the goal of fostering the global optics and photonics community.