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7 January 2021

Statement by OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan on Violent Attack on U.S. Capitol

The Optical Society (OSA) condemns the lawless actions to disrupt the constitutionally mandated certification of the electoral ballots at the U.S. Capitol. The violent attack on this venerated institution is a tragedy which leaves a historical stain on U.S. democracy. As an organization that respects and beholds the U.S. Constitution and the orderly transfer of power, we are saddened by the deep divisions within the U.S. political system which have led to these unnecessary, deadly consequences.

We call on U.S. elected officials to exhibit the type of leadership that will help us to heal and unite the country, and prevent the re-occurrence of similar attacks. OSA strives to create environments where differences of opinion are acknowledged and valued through civil discourse and lawful engagement. The Society looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and new U.S. Congress.

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit

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