About OSA

Members, volunteers and staff celebrating OSA's centennial in 2016. Bravitutti! Good job, everyone!

  • OSA 2030 Green Paper

    A vision for future of optics and photonics research, collaboration, education, and advocacy into 2030 and beyond

“One hundred years ago, the idea of an optical society was a pioneering one. OSA continues to fulfill its role as a visionary force in optics and photonics for its members and the world at large. In the years ahead, OSA will continue to adapt to our fast-changing world and to the phenomenal growth the organization continues to experience--from 6,050 members when I first joined in 1973 to a stunning 20,000-plus worldwide today.”
Stephen D. Fantone, 2020 OSA President
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What We Do

The Optical Society promotes and delivers scientific and technical information on optics and photonics worldwide that is authoritative, accessible and archived.

Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide. 

OSA currently services 395,000 customers and 23,000 members from more than 100 countries. 

Learn More About OSA's Purpose  

View the 2019 OSA Financial Report  
Published in the September 2020 issue of Optics and Photonics News


The Optical Society in 2030

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Through a series of engagement activities led by 2018 OSA President Ian Walmsley, members, volunteer leaders and staff worked collaboratively to develop a vision of how OSA will frame the future of optics and photonics research, collaboration, education, and advocacy into 2030 and beyond.

The OSA 2030 Green Paper outlines the vision for the Society and while this document provides an overview of the collective thinking of a range of Society members and volunteers, it is only a beginning. OSA’s greatest strength is its member-driven collaboration, and the Board encourages each Society member to add his or her own insights and opinions to the conversation. Please join the OSA Board of Directors’ challenge to frame OSA’s future for 2030 and beyond.

We invite you to forward your comments and suggestions to the OSA Board via OSAPresident@osa.org.