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Effective science and technology policy requires input from our members and community.  OIDA offers many advocacy opportunities to advance public policy from the local to the national and international levels.  Getting involved is easy and can range from sending emails to U.S. policymakers to visiting Washington DC or your country’s science ministry. 

One of the most valuable ways is to meet face to face with policymakers and their staff.  This involves sharing stories of job creation and other benefits to the community, and ways that public policies affect optics and photonics companies.  OIDA and OSA can help members to set up visits between members and policymakers on relevant issues and solutions, or to invite policymakers to make site visits to company facilities.

Connect and Take Action Stay Informed

Priority Registration to Congressional Visits Day in Washington, D.C.

Policy makers rely on outside experts to keep them informed on important issues. As prominent district constituents, industry members act as effective advocates on the hill.

Educate elected officials about the importance of optics and photonics, especially as it relates to increased R&D funding.

Washington Updates

Keep track of game-changing developments with our regularly updated news briefs, tracking important science policy issues that affect optics and photonics markets.

Assistance in Organizing Company Facility Visits by In-District Congressional Representatives

Plan ahead and show your local policymakers your value!

The opportunity to engage with your technology is often new for policymakers and district staff, creating a very impressionable experience and strong connections for future work.

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

Optics Legi​slative Network

Know when to take action with grassroots e-mail notifications of imminent science policy issues.

Alerts inform Optics and Legislative Network (OLN) members of upcoming Hill visit opportunities, when to contact their legislators about important issues, and recaps of science policy happenings in Washington, D.C.

Take Action Center

As key drivers of the local economy, input from companies is a highly valued and unique perspective for policymakers. Use the Take Action Center to:

  • Enter your zip code and find your representatives.
  • Collectively contact decision makers for higher impact.
  • Learn about policy issues and legislation affecting the STEM community
  • Sign up for updates and alters from teh OSA Policy team

National Photonics Initiative

In 2012, the US National Research Council released a report calling for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI) -- a partnership between government, academia and industry to focus attention and funding on photonics research and development.

Heeding the call, OIDA/OSA and four society partners brought together more than 100 experts to assemble recommendations to help guide US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields. New opportunities in these fields offer the potential for great societal impact in the next few decades.

Sign-up for NPI updates on R&D funding news.

For more information on OIDA and OSA’s advocacy’s efforts and how to get involved, visit our website or please contact