Anniversaries and Celebrations

Anniversaries and Celebrations

OSA congratulates the following organizations on their recent anniversaries and milestones.



SEDOPTICA, la Sociedad Española de Óptica, celebrated its 50th Anniversary during XII Reunión Nacional de Óptica, RNO2018 at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón in July 2018 .

OSA has enjoyed many years of collaboration with SEDOPTICA and the scientific community in Spain and we look forward to many more.

OSA Past President Chris Dainty participated in the 50th anniversary celebration.


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The Symposium for the Science of Light, hosted by MPL in July 2018,  celebrated three important anniversaries in Erlangen optics: 150 years of optics research in Erlangen, the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Max Planck Research Group for Optics, Information and Photonics (the precursor of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, MPL) and 1.5 years of the inauguration of the new MPL building.

OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Publishing Officer Elizabeth Nolan, and Director, OSA Europe Yann Amouroux attended the symposium and congratulated MPL on their successes.

Several OSA members participated as invited speakers:  OSA Past President and Fellow, Joseph Eberly, University of Rochester, USA; OSA Board Member and Fellow, Michal Lipson, Columbia University, USA; OSA Fellows: Jens Biegert, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain; Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada; Tobias Kippenberg, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Yuri Kivshar, Australian National University, Australia; Gerd Leuchs, Max-Planck-Institut Physik des Lichts, Germany; Jon Marangos, Imperial College London, UK; Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria; Stefan Wabnitz, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy; Frank Wise, Cornell University, USA.



Imperial College London

With the formation of the Department of Technical Optics in 1917, Imperial College London is the oldest institution of higher education and research in Optics not just in the UK but in the world!
The Optics Centenary Event on 8 September 2017 featured a program of distinguished speakers, who embodied the outstanding legacy and impact of optics and lasers at Imperial College London.
OSA was proud to sponsor such an exceptional celebration. Learn more about optics at the Imperial and the Centenary Event.