The Optical Society Announces Strategic Partnership with OIDA


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The Optical Society Announces Strategic Partnership with OIDA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 – The Optical Society (OSA) today announced it will establish permanent organizational ties with the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA). The leaders of both OSA and OIDA approved the action this week and the transition phase is underway. OIDA activities, services and member benefits will continue without interruption as preparations for a busy year of programming activities and the celebration of its 20th anniversary are made.

"This strategic partnership allows both OSA and OIDA to enhance their business and industrial programming to thousands of professionals in the optics community," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. "The two organizations have successfully collaborated in the past and will continue to be a voice for their members and respective industries. We value the content and member services OIDA provides and we look forward to the important contributions they will make in the years ahead."

OIDA will remain a separate entity under the OSA umbrella. OIDA will deliver programming and member services under the guidance of its voting members and board. The first OIDA Forum of the year will take place March 7 in tandem with OFC/NFOEC 2011. The workshop will conclude with a reception celebrating OIDA's 20th anniversary and its exciting new future.

"With this formal union, OIDA will be in a stronger position to serve the optoelectronics industry through its advocacy efforts, technical meetings, publications and member services," said OIDA Board Chair Richard R. Grzybowski. "Now more than ever, associations such as OIDA are aligning with peer societies that share values and priorities. This alliance with OSA will enable OIDA to securely build upon its past accomplishments as it works to develop valuable new services and products. We are delighted about this partnership, especially as OIDA celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011."

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit

About OIDA
OIDA is a Washington DC-based, non-profit association that promotes optoelectronics. OIDA members include the leading providers of optoelectronic components and systems enabled by optoelectronics, as well as universities and research institutions. OIDA serves as the voice of industry to government and academia, acts as liaison with other industry associations worldwide, and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optoelectronics community. Learn more about OIDA at