OSA Incubator Meetings

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OSA recently initiated this new form of meeting to provide unique and focused experiences, allowing researchers, engineers and business leaders of niche fields a valuable opportunity to meet and discuss advances, challenges and opportunities regarding their research.

OSA Incubators:

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  • Target emerging topics and fields that do not have the critical mass needed to support an OSA topical meeting structure.
  • Function to further the interest and support of promising topic areas, assessing the broader implications of the topic for future research and application.
  • Explore possibilities for greater inclusion and propagation of the topic into peer-reviewed topical meeting and/or congresses or conferences.
  • Encourage extensive formal and informal discussion while establishing a sense of community among participants.
  • Offer a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication – publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Propose a New Incubator
OSA continuously strives to expand the incubator program to examine new and burgeoning topics. Please use this form to propose an Incubator you would be interested in hosting or a topic area you would recommend OSA explore.


In 2016, as OSA celebrates its centennial, the Incubator Program will hold the Centennial Incubator Symposium at Frontiers in Optics. The Symposium will showcase selected Incubators held in 2016. As OSA looks to the next 100 years in optics, Incubator topics, with their focus on what’s to come, will surely help lead the way. For additional information on 2016 Centennial Incubators please email OSAIncubator@osa.org.

2015 Incubators

Optical Interconnects for Extreme-Scale Computing Incubator
09-11 August 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Keren Bergman, Columbia University, USA
John Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Photobiomodulation Incubator
30 August - 1 September 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Michael R. Hamblin, Harvard Medical School, USA
Donald E. Patthoff, DDS, United States
Greg Quarles, Optoelectronics Management Network, USA
Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging:
Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation

16-18 September 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Paul French, Imperial College, United Kingdom
Laura Marcu, University of California - Davis, USA
Robert J. Nordstrom, National Institute of Health, USA
Juergen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany
Brian Wilson, University Health Network, Canada
Nonlinear Metamaterials Incubator
30 September - 02 October 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Natalia Litchinitser, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Adaptive Structured Illumination Incubator
4-6 November 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Meng Cui, Purdue University, USA
Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, UK
Michael Mazilu, University of St. Andrews, UK
Optical Biosensors Incubator
8-10 November 2015, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted By
Marcella Chiari, Istituto di Chimica del Riconoscimento Molecolare (CNR), Italy
Brian Cunningham, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Selim Unlu, Boston University, USA
2-4 December 2015, Washington, DC USA

Hosted By
Peter Barker, University College, London, United Kingdom
Mishkat Bhattacharya, Rochester Institute of Technology¸ United States
Nick Vamivakas, University of Rochester, Institute of Optics, United States
9-11 December 2015, Washignton, DC, USA

Hosted By
Ravi Athale, Office of Naval Research, USA
Mark Neifeld, University of Arizona, USA
Demetri Psaltis, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

View past incubator meetings.