Incubator Meetings

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The Incubator Program was created to provide unique and focused experiences, providing researchers, engineers and business leaders in niche fields a valuable opportunity to meet and discuss advances, challenges and opportunities regarding their research. OSA Incubators:


  • Target emerging topics and fields that do not have the critical mass needed to support an OSA topical meeting structure.
  • Function to further the interest and support of promising topic areas, assessing the broader implications of the topic for future research and application.
  • Explore possibilities for greater inclusion and propagation of the topic into peer-reviewed topical meeting and/or congresses or conferences.
  • Encourage extensive formal and informal discussion while establishing a sense of community among participants.
  • Offer a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication—publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Propose a New Incubator

OSA continuously strives to expand the incubator program to examine new and burgeoning topics. Please use this form to propose an Incubator you would be interested in hosting or a topic area you would recommend OSA explore.

Read blog posts on past Incubators.

2018 Incubators

Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging 
2-4 May 2018 
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC 

Hosted by:
John Delaney, National Gallery of Art, United States 
Martin Fischer, Duke University, United States 
David Saunders, British Museum, United Kingdom 
Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator 
20-22 May 2018 
OSA Headquarters, Washington DC 

Hosted By: 
Garo Khanarian, Consultant, United States 
Robert Norwood, University of Arizona, United States 
Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory , United States

Generation, Propagation, and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum
8-10 August 2018
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Brandon Cochenour, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, United States
Eric Johnson, Clemson University, United States
Peter Morrison, Office of Naval Research, United States
Linda Mullen, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, United States

Metamaterial Films for In-Space Propulsion by Radiation Pressure
7-9 October 2018
Grover Swartzlander, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
Les Johnson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, United States
Nelson Tabiryan, BeamCo, United States
Defects by Design: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials

28-30 October 2018
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC 
Hosted By:
Audrius Alkauskas
, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Lithuania
Lee Bassett, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Kai-Mei Fu, University of Washington, United States

Quantum Bio-Photonics Incubator
28-30 April 2019
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Alexandra Olaya-Castro, University College London, United Kingdom
Luca Sapienza, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Greg Engel, University of Chicago, United States

View past incubator meetings.