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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 all aspects of the visits, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.

Participate in the NPI Capitol Hill Visits Day on April 24-25, 2018

Advocate for optics and photonics directly to your members of U.S. Congress or their staff by joining OSA and its National Photonics Initiative (NPI) partners for Capitol Hill Visits Day in Washington, DC on April 24-25, 2018.  We encourage participants at all career levels and backgrounds from PhD students and young professionals to experienced members of industry and academia.

Members of Congress want to hear from the people living in their district/state.  This is a great opportunity to show the value of your research or industry, inform Congressional offices about optics, and start or continue to build a relationship with your Congressional offices. 

Capitol Hill Visits Day will focus on the NPI, R&D funding, and other legislation relevant to optics and photonics. Specific topics for 2018 visits will be sent out to participants closer to the date.  NPI staff will arrange all of your Congressional meetings and provide you with documents to leave with the offices.  Participants will be placed in teams to do their visits led by a staff member of one of the sponsoring societies or an experienced Capitol Hill visits participant.  A mandatory training session will take place the afternoon of April 24 and all Congressional meetings will take place on April 25.

Contact Brandy Dillingham ( if you have any questions.  Learn more or sign up to participate, 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

View the 2017 District Visits photos.

Write to U.S. Members of Congress

OSA provides its members with an opportunity to share with members of Congress issues of importance to the science community through writing their representative and senators using the OSA Take Action Center.

For 2017, OSA has provided its members with a draft letter, which can be edited, on supporting research and development funding.  If you would like to send a letter to your members of Congress about research and development funding, visit the OSA Take Action Center.


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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