The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) is a program that encourages student chapter members to organize and manage regional and online meetings that focus on technical and professional development content and networking.

Below are the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

What can I expect at an IONS conference?

An IONS conference is usually three days (though it can vary) of student talks, student chapter talks, keynote presentations and social activities.

If you are interested in attending an IONS event, the 2015 conference series is as follows:

Registration is currently open for:

Additional upcoming conferences: You can also find information about the most recent conferences on their pages:

What does OSA support if my chapter hosts an IONS conference?

OSA support of IONS events includes:

  • One guaranteed OSA Traveling Lecturer
  • Special Event Funding
  • Student Travel Grant Funding
  • Conference Promotion
  • Publicity/Marketing
  • Administrative Support

How can my chapter host an IONS conference?

Step 1: Attend an IONS conference.

  • At least one conference organizer must have already attended an IONS conference
  • Chapters may co-host a conference with no more than one other OSA Student Chapter.

Step 2: Make sure your chapter is in good standing.

  • The applying chapter(s)must have a strong record of consistently maintaining at least 5 OSA Student Members and submitting Annual Reports.

Step 3: Submit the preliminary IONS Application Form.

  • The IONS Application Form is a basic form to declare interest in hosting a conference.
  • All applications for 2015 conferences must be submitted by 31 December 2014.

Step 4: Answer any follow-up questions.

  • This your chance to give more details about your proposed conference. After OSA receives your application, you will receive a draft proposal and several suggestions/questions.
  • Your chapter should update the proposal with any requested details so that it can be forwarded to the IONS Planning Committee for review.
  • There may be several rounds of questions while the committee deliberates. Applications are typically reviewed in one month's time.

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Press Coverage:

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