23 March 2020 – 25 March 2020 Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
12 July 2020

This OSA Meeting has been postponed.

The OSA High-brightness and Light-driven Interactions Congress was not held as originally scheduled. The congress committee has expressed a preference to convene the meeting later this year, and OSA is currently exploring venues in Prague for the late November or early December time frame.

We continue to monitor health and travel advisories related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and commit to being responsive amidst changing conditions. We appreciate your patience in waiting for an announcement on future plans.

OSA Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group Panel Discussion

Monday, 23 March, 12:45 - 13:45

Join the OSA Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group for a panel discussion on Monday. The panel will feature brief talks from Pavel Honzátko, Michal Kamrádek, and Martin Smrž. Following their talks Filip Todorov, who serves as the vice chair of the Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group, will lead a discussion bringing together the different topics and opening the conversation to participation from attendees. Please RSVP online at http://bit.ly/HBTGEvent to let us know you will be joining us for this event.


OIDA/OSAF Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 24 March, 12:30 - 14:00

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested in government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This Workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently graduated or are close to graduation.

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Congress Reception at Illusion Art Museum Prague

Tuesday, 24 March, 19:00 – 20:30

Join fellow High Brightness Congress attendees for a special reception at the Illusion Art Museum Prague. Dedicated to illusion and trick art, the museum is beautifully located on Old Town Square with an unobstructed view of Prague’s iconic astronomical clock “Orloj.”

IAM Prague’s exhibits marry historical techniques of creating illusions in art with 21st century social media creations, leading to many Instagrammable moments at the Museum. Guests are encouraged to touch and interact with all the museum’s exhibits.

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, allowing you plenty of time to eat dinner in the historic Old Town Square afterwards. Register in advance to secure your space. A US$ 25 RSVP and shuttle fee is required to reserve your spot. Transportation to and from the Prague Congress Centre will be provided.

*Please note that additional tickets for guests of congress registrants are also available for US$ 75 per person.


Tour of ELI Beamlines Centre and HiLASE Centre

Thursday, 26 March, 9:00-13:30


Join fellow High-brightness Congress attendees on an exclusive tour of the ELI Beamlines research center and HiLASE Centre.

ELI Beamlines aims to run the world's most intense laser system. With ultra-high peak powers of 10 PW and focused intensities up to 1024 W/cm^2, the center offers unique sources of radiation and particle beams to users. These beamlines are enabling groundbreaking research not only in the fields of physics and material science, but also in biomedical research and laboratory astrophysics. ELI Beamlines is a part of the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project, a new pan-European research infrastructure, and part of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) plan.

HiLASE is a new technological infrastructure in the field of application-oriented laser research and development. The HiLASE Centre combines the development of diode-pumped solid-state pulsed lasers (DPSSL) with the development of laser driven applications requiring high energies, high average power or high peak power. Developed and operating laser systems with short and ultra-short pulses are among the most powerful laser systems in the world. The developed laser systems provide energy from the hard UV through visible wavelengths to near and mid-IR light.

The tour group will meet at the Corinthia Hotel Prague for a 09:00 departure. We will travel to ELI Beamlines and the HiLASE Centre where we will begin the tour at approximately 10:00. ELI Beamlines will provide a guided tour of the visitor’s gallery and an opportunity to experience the virtual reality station. The HiLASE Centre will provide a guided tour of their experimental halls and the Laser Shock Peening station. The tour will conclude with lunch served on site at ELI Beamlines at 12:00. We will depart the facility at approximately 13:00 and return back to the Corinthia Hotel Prague. A US$ 65 RSVP and shuttle fee is required to reserve your spot.