Dear OSA Member:
Words like "unprecedented" and "surreal" come to mind in describing the current health crisis impacting communities in every part of the world. As someone who looks for silver linings, I am inspired by the game-changing technologies in optics and photonics being developed and deployed by our members. These advances are helping to overcome tremendous obstacles resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our scientific community is an integral part of the solution.
We are learning to communicate and do business in innovative ways that will be a big part of the new normal going forward. I am proud of how your OSA team continues to support our community with agility, innovation, and real-time results.
In early March, with little more than a week's notice, we transformed the OFC co-sponsored conference in San Diego, CA, USA. Over 90% of the 700 talks were presented, both in-person and virtually. Coming on the heels of OFC, OSA's Leadership Conference in March was held virtually to ensure that governance decisions and priorities were delivered. Almost all OSA Congresses scheduled through July, plus OSA's co-sponsored CLEO conference being held in May, will be freely accessible online to all registered attendees.
All of us at OSA are focused on delivering technical content, products, programs, benefits and services with minimal disruptions. Our goal is to ensure that you continue to have the necessary support to advance your research, applications and careers. To learn more about how our programs are retooling to meet our community's needs, visit our We Are On page. And as always, our door is open - please let us know how we can better serve you and our community at WeAreOn@osa.org.
Digital technology is enabling us to collaborate and form new partnerships. Our promise to you - we will continue to develop and package virtual content to make it easier for you to remain engaged with and inspired by your colleagues. Looking ahead, we know how important it is for our community to gather in person; OSA will be ready to host you and your colleagues when the time is right.
I hope you and your home and work families are safe as we ride out the storm. Together we can create those new silver linings. Focus on the miracles sparked by our virtual connections and your ingenuity, and navigate it all with a healthy dose of humor. I am confident we will emerge from this pandemic as a stronger worldwide community of leaders bringing light into the world.
Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO