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Local Section

OSA Local Sections

OSA Local Section Membership is 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.

The first Local Section was established in 1916 in Rochester, New York (USA). Today, there are thousands of individual section members located in the 14 OSA Local Sections around the world (9 in the U.S. and 5 non-U.S.).

OSA's global organization supports sections through activity grants, awards, publications, guest lecturer programs, leadership training, year-round networking opportunities and more. View a listing of section benefits and locations online.

If there is an Local Section in your local area we encourage you to become an active member. If your area does not yet have a section, we are happy to speak with you about starting one in the future. Currently, we are not accepting applications for new local sections. Email with your questions.