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Capitol Hill Visits
District Visits/Facility Tours
Virtual Advocacy Week


Capitol Hill Visits

Throughout the year, OSA offers its members the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives. These meetings give the scientific community a voice in the halls of Congress - calling on elected officials to recognize the importance of science and technology, keep federal R&D funding levels consistent and sustainable, and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. OSA organizes all aspects of the visits, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.


2017 Congressional Visits Day April 25&26:  The Optical Society participated with its National Photonics Initiative (NPI) partners in the 2017 Congressional Visits Day to advocate for optics and photonics.  View photos from Congressional Visits Day.


District Visits/Facility Tours:

OSA staff is happy to assist members who wish to visit the local state or district office of their senators or representative. Members of Congress typically work in their district office during Congressional recesses, such as the summer district work period during the month of August. Congressional recess dates are available here:

House Schedule
Senate Schedule

OSA staff can also assist OSA Corporate Members who are interested in inviting a senator or representative to tour their company or facility.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit with your federal legislator(s) in your state, please contact the OSA government relations team at

View photos from district visits 2015

Virtual Advocacy Week

Virtual Advocacy Week provides OSA Members with an opportunity to share with members of Congress issues of importance to the science community through writing their representative and senators using the OSA online letter writing system.

For the 2016 Virtual Advocacy Week, OSA members had the opportunity to write to their members of Congress on the following issues:

  • Funding for Research and Development
  • Funding for the Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation
  • Reauthorize the America COMPETES Act

If you would like to receive email alerts about these public policy activities, please signup for the Optics Legislative Network.

Congressional Visits Day 2017 was held on April 25th and 26th in Washington, D.C.  View photos.

Congressional Visits Day 2016 was held on April 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C. View photos.
District Visits 2015. View photos.
Congressional Visits Day 2015 was held on March 17th and 18th in Washington, D.C. View photos.
Congressional Visits Day 2013 was held on March 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C.  View photos.
District Visits were held during the 2012 summer recess.  View photos.

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