Whether you realize it or not, much of our modern day world is enabled by optics and photonics – the science and application of light.
Take your mobile phone for example: high bandwidth communications is made possible thanks to infrared lasers and fiber optics that guide light. From communications to manufacturing, diagnostics to aerospace, optics and photonics is improving and modernizing how we live and work all while significantly contributing to the global economy.
The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition (IPAC) is a global initiative of The Optical Society (OSA) – a leading international scientific society – that serves to unite the optics and photonics community around public policy platforms that transcend borders, offer opportunities for collaboration and benefit the industry worldwide. IPAC brings together experts from industry, academia and government to:
- educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies;
- collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and
- advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.
As an entry point for international, collaborative photonics work, IPAC will focus on Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) and Applications for Quantum Science and Technology (AQST) – two areas of significant importance with the greatest potential for global unity and advocacy. While it is assumed that efforts around GEMM and AQST are already occurring within individual countries, a coordinated, global initiative will elevate opportunities for technology solutions broadly and highlight the importance of strategic private and public investments in photonics research and development.