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The Society is home to 432,000 accomplished scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs.

This community collaborates to fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, we provide quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts.

Awards & Honors

Celebrate the field's technical, business, engineering, research, education, leadership and service accomplishments. Learn more about how you can recognize your colleague’s achievements.

Corporate Members

Join industry leaders and connect with the people, research, information, and companies leading today's optics and photonics industry.

Diversity & Inclusion

Every individual in the optics and photonics field is entitled to a work or research environment that is safe and inclusive. These programs and initiatives support a more diverse community.

Early Career Professionals

Engage with professionals from around the world and utilize our online career portal or attend an in person program to grow professionally or make that leap from Academia to Industry. 

Education Outreach

Education outreach is one of the most important and significant ways we can support local communities and inspire tomorrow's young scientists. We offer a variety of educational resources; many are available free of charge.

Local Sections

Local Sections are an ideal way to connect with optics professionals, keep up-to-date on technical and business innovations, and take part in philanthropic activities that benefit your community.




Public Policy

Our public policy programs facilitate interaction between members and their elected officials, and policy decision makers to inform governments about optics and photonics and its importance to society.


Reviewers serve a vital role for our editors and the authors who submit to our journals. Learn more about how to become a reviewer, guidelines and certification.  

Social Media

Stay engaged and join the conversation on social media by connecting with The Society. Check out our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube pages along with the Publishing and OPN Magazine Twitter channels provide regular programmatic and society updates and help connect you to the global optics and photonics community.  


With a global network of 7,000 student members participating in over 403 chapters in 61 countries, our student programs and volunteer opportunities are your launch pad into the optics and photonics industry.

Technical Divisions & Groups 

Get information and resources organized by topic area. Find our Technical Group events and activities hosted by members and tailored to select subfields of optics and photonics.