FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Optical Society
First OSA Local Section Founded in the United Kingdom
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014—The Optical Society (OSA
) is pleased to announce the formation of the London OSA Local Section, the first local section of the society located in the United Kingdom. The London OSA Local Section was recently approved by the OSA Member and Education Services Council and will serve the London area in England. OSA Fellow Azizur Rahman of City University London will serve as president of this section, which is a self-governing organization with its own officers and bylaws.
“I wanted to start the London Local Section of OSA to bring together students and professionals throughout the UK who study and work in optics and photonics,” said Rahman. “Already the section has begun to facilitate professional development and networking between academics and industry leaders in our area as well as visiting professionals from around the world. As a section, we will also come together for youth education outreach within our community in order to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in our field.”
OSA Local Sections engage in a variety of activities, including providing networking events for local professionals; teaching students about optics through activities such as science fairs, lab tours and classroom demonstrations; and participating in philanthropic deeds. OSA’s national organization supports Local Sections through activity grants, awards, publications, guest lecturer programs, networking opportunities and leadership training. OSA has 23 Local Sections, including nine outside of the United States. Information on establishing a section is available on OSA’s website
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional society for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-world applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership programs, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of professionals in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.