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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.

Recently, OSA held a Virtual Congressional Visits Day in late-September 2020 that provided OSA members with an opportunity to meet virtually with the offices of their Congressional Representatives.

Next Opportunity:  The next Virtual Capitol Hill Meetings will take place 19-23 July 2021 as part of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Virtual Congressional Visits Day.  Learn more.



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




Congressional Visits Day 2019 was held on April 2nd and 3rd in Washington, D.C. View photos.
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.

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