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Optics Legislative Network

Optics Legislative Network

The Optics Legislative Network (OLN) is a collection of OSA members interested in U.S. public policy and legislative issues. This network of scientists, engineers and business professionals provides a voice for the optics and photonics community on the importance of R&D funding, science education, innovation and other science policy issues. Sign up today!

(Note: Non-OSA members can sign up for the OLN by emailing

As a member of OLN, you will:

  • Receive e-mail alerts and updates on science-related policy issues.
  • Learn about opportunities to participate in OSA grassroots advocacy activities.
  • Get valuable tips, hints and resources on making your voice heard on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Examples of OLN Alert topics include:

  • Contact Your Legislator about R&D Funding Levels
  • SBIR Program Update
  • Status of America COMPETES legislation
  • Sign up for Capitol Hill Day

Why participate?

  • OLN is a way to ensure your members of Congress hear directly from you - a constituent scientist - on how legislation will impact your state/district.
  • OLN offers the opportunity to meet with your members of Congress through the annual Congressional Visits Day or local district visits.
  • OLN provides an easy way to add your input and scientific knowledge to the policy-making process.

If you have any questions about OLN, please email OSA's government relations team at



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