The OSA Foundation Siegman International School on Lasers

24 - 29 July 2016


Hosted By: ICFO Institute of Photonic Sciences
Barcelona, Spain

 The deadline for applications was 30 March 2016 and we have closed the application for this year. Please check back for 2017 school application deadline and information.

This week long program, co-founded by the OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, provides up to 100 graduate students from around the world the opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community.

2016 Siegman School Program Booklet

Application Requirements
The deadline to apply was 30 March 2016 and the application has been closed. 

Required documents:

  • CV/Resume

  • Personal Statement:1 page, to include motivation for attending, research interests and any achievements to date.

  • Student Advisor’s Letter of Recommendation: Letter should explicitly address how the school will benefit the applicant’s research and  professional development as well as how they will add to the week long experience. Letter must be submitted at the time of the application.

Application Review Process:
All applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee and students will be notified of acceptance in early May 2016.

Funding should never be a reason to not apply to attend the Siegman School. In 2015 all 100% of the students requesting funding received enought attend the school.

Registration: $900 (USD)
Registration includes all meals and accommodations from Sunday, 24 July – Saturday, 30 July and all meeting publications. Fee is due at the time of registration.
Travel: Students are responsible for their own travel to and from the school. The host institution will provide Visa letters for those requesting or requiring documents for travel. The Barcelona Airport El Prat is close to ICFO and should be considered when planning your travel.
Grants: Travel and registration grants will be available and determined based on student need. Grants in the past have ranged between $200-$700 for travel and $100-$500 for registration. Students will receive notification of ther grant requests at the time of acceptance to the school.

Other Funding Sources to Consider: Grant funds are limited and students should research all potential funding support such as their university, department, or government for alternative funding opportunities.
Program Overview
The school begins on Sunday, 24 July with an Opening Evening Reception for all participants including students and school faculty. Sessions will include lectures from several renowned speakers, presentations from local industry leaders and engineers, a student poster session and ample time for networking among participants and school faculty. The preliminary schedule of events is provided below. Check back often for additional details as they are confirmed.

Click here to learn more about the social progamming planned for the school.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

"The Siegman School is an experience that will definitely expand your scope and knowledge" - Jonas Berzinš, Vilnius University

Local Program Committee:

  • Niek van Hulst (chairman, ICFO NanoPhotonics)
  • Jens Biegert (ICFO Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics)
  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh (ICFO Optical Parametric Oscillators; president Radiantis)
  • Rob Sewell (ICFO Academic Programs)
  • Jordi Roca Solà (ICFO Academic Events)
  • Lorena Balcells (AgencyLB)
  • Dolors Mateu (ICFO Manager)

Steering Committee:

  • Eric Rosas, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, Mexico, Chair
  • Niek van Hulst, ICFO – the Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain, Program Chair
  • Eric Van Stryland, CREOL, USA
  • Chris Dainty, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Andrew Forbes, CSIR National Laser Centre, South Africa
  • Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Niloufer Shroff, DeitY, India
  • Mike O'Conner, IPG Photonics, USA
  • Virginia Siegman, USA, Honorary Member


Click Here to view OSA's video library on Tony Siegman.