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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.

2020 Incubators

Solving the Bandwidth Challenge of Large 3D Displays​
15 – 17 January 2020
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Daniel Smalley, Brigham Young University, United States
V. Michael Bove, Jr.,, United States
Thomas Burnett, FoVI3D, United States

Flat Optics: Recent Advances and Future Opportunities
26 – 28 February 2020
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Federico Capasso
, Harvard University, United States
Wei Ting Chen, Harvard University, United States
Paulo Dainese, Corning Inc., United States

Visual Perception in AR/VR
22 - 25 September 2020
Virtual Meeting

Hosted by:
Rigmor C. Baraas, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway
Francisco Imai, Chair-Elect of the OSA Color Technical Group, United States
​Ali Ozgur Yontem, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Jon Y. Hardeberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

View past incubator meetings.