International Council

International Council Programs and Processes

OSA is committed to fostering the global optics and photonics community, particularly in countries with developing optics communities. The OSA International Council supports a number of programs linked to this goal and encourages members to submit new ideas on how the society can best serve our international membership.

Travel grants of up to $2,000 are available to OSA Fellows to travel and lecture in developing countries.

The International Council supports international conferences and meetings by serving as a co-sponsor of meetings held in developing communities.

OSA also supports a variety of student prizes at international conferences. Recent winners include:

CLEO/Pacific Rim; OSA Best Student Paper Winners:
Azusa Ogawa, Chiba University, Japan; “Handedness Control of Sub-Millijoule Mid-Infrared (6-12㎛) Vortex Laser”
Jong-Hun Kim, KAIST, Korea: “Tunable Grating Coupler Based on Thermo-Optic Effect in Silicon”

XI Reunion Nacional de Optica, SEDOPTICA’s Annual Meeting; OSA Student Prize Winners:
Diego Romero Abujetas, CSIC, Spain
Francisco Javier Ávila, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Francisco Javier Burgos, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Arturo Pardo Franco, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Alejandro Turpin, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Spain
Óscar Sampedro, Universidade de Vigo, Spain

Mexican Optics and Photonics Meeting; OSA Best Student Poster Winner:
Marco Antonio Cortez Herrera, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Mexico; “Effect of the anisotropy of the erbium ions in a double-pass superluminescent source on the stability of its spectral emission profile, power and polarization”

Photonics Society of Poland Symposium; OSA Best Student Poster Winners:
Arkadiusz Kuś, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics, Poland; “Active, limited-angle tomographic phase microscope”
Paweł Jung, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Faculty of Physics, Poland; “Nematicons steering and routing at the disclination lines in chiral nematic liquid crystals”
International Conference on Optics and Photonics (ICOP), Golden Jubilee Conference of the Optical Society of India; OSA Best Student Paper Winners:
Siddharth Kaushik, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh, India; “Cascaded long period grating with IGS for Bio-sensing Applications”
Samit Kumar Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India; “Parity-time (PT)-symmetric Closed-form quadrimer waveguides with focusing and defocusing nonlinearity”
Optical Society of Korea (OSK) Winter Annual Meeting; OSA Best Student Paper Winner:
Kyungnam Kang, Kyung Hee University, Korea; “Effect of Sunlight Polarization on the Absorption Efficiency of V-shaped Organic Solar Cells”
Australian Institute of Physics Congress & Australian Optical Society Annual Meeting; OSA Best Student Paper Winner:
Martin Ringbauer, University of Queensland, Australia; "Measurements on the Reality of the Wavefunction”
12th International Conference on Fiber Optics and Photonics (Photonics 2014); OSA Best Student Paper Winners:
Ajanta Barh, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India; "Low-Loss Hollow Core Plastic Photonic Band-Gap Fiber for Efficient THz Transmission"
Saba Nashreen Khan, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India; “Switchable Hermite-Gaussian Beam Generation in Dual-mode Fiber by Controlling Incident Polarization”
For more information on these programs, please contact Meredith Smith at:
Tel: +1 202.416.1421