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Capitol Hill Visits
District Visits/Facility Tours


Capitol Hill Visits

Throughout the year, OSA offers its members the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives. These meetings give the scientific community a voice in the halls of Congress - calling on elected officials to recognize the importance of science and technology, keep federal R&D funding levels consistent and sustainable, and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. OSA organizes the meetings, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.

OSA's most recent Capitol Hill Visits Day was held on April 24-25, 2018 in conjunction with our National Photonics Initiative partners.  Read more.

Next Opportunity: Congressional Visits Day (CVD) will take place on April 2-3, 2019.  OSA is participating in CVD with its National Photonics Initiative (NPI) partners.  Read more or to sign up, visit the NPI website



District Visits/Facility Tours:

OSA staff is happy to assist members who wish to visit the local state or district office of their senators or representative. Members of Congress typically work in their district office during Congressional recesses, such as the summer district work period during the month of August. Congressional recess dates are available here:

House Schedule
Senate Schedule

OSA staff can also assist OSA Corporate Members who are interested in inviting a senator or representative to tour their company or facility.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit with your federal legislator(s) in your state, please contact the OSA government relations team at

As a resource, the National Photonics Initiative, which OSA is a cofounding sponsor, has a helpful district visits toolkit.   

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) touring Optikos Corporation




District Visits 2017.  View photos.

Congressional Visits Day 2017 was held on April 25th and 26th in Washington, D.C.  View photos.

Congressional Visits Day 2016 was held on April 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C. View photos.
District Visits 2015. View photos.
Congressional Visits Day 2015 was held on March 17th and 18th in Washington, D.C. View photos.

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