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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.


Past Event: 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 the 2017 District Visits photos.

Write to U.S. Members of Congress

OSA provides its 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 Take Action Center.

For 2017, OSA has provided its members with a draft letter, which can be edited, on supporting research and development funding.  If you would like to send a letter to your members of Congress about research and development funding, visit the OSA Take Action Center.


District Visits 2017.  View photos.

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.

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