Scheduled Maintenance

OSA will be performing scheduled maintenance on Monday (21 October) from 17:00 to 19:00 US EDT. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience as we improve our services.

If you need assistance, OSA's Customer Service can be reached at +1 202.416.1907 (Worldwide) +1 800.766.4672 (US/Canada) or by emailing us.

Customer Service is available from 08:30 to 18:00 US EDT, Monday through Friday.

29 September 2019 – 03 October 2019 Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria



Onsite Registration Hours

29 September
30 September
1 October
2 October
3 October
08:00 – 17:00 07:00 – 18:00 07:30 – 18:00 07:30 – 17:30 07:30 – 16:30


Registration Fees

Registration Type US Dollars                             Euros                                             
Committee/Presenting Author - OSA Member US$ 835 € 770
Committee/Presenting Author - Non-member US$ 985 € 910
Technical Registrant - OSA Member US$ 915 € 850
Technical Registrant - Non-member US$ 1,065 € 990
Emeritus Member/Full-Time Student - OSA Member US$ 540 € 500
Full-Time Student - Non-member US$ 705 € 650
Exhibit Pass Plus US$ 0 € 0

Registration Types

Full Congress Registration (Technical Registrants): The registration fee includes admission to the Plenary, Technical Sessions, Exhibit, Coffee Breaks, the Congress Reception, and the Congress Banquet (mandatory US$ 10 (€ 10) RSVP fee), as well as one copy of the Congress Program and online access to the Technical Digests through OSAP.

Student Registration: Full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) are entitled to the same privileges as Full Congress Registrants. Students are required to present valid student identification when they pick up their registration materials. Post-docs are not considered students.

Emeritus Registration: Emeritus members may also register at the discounted rate. To qualify for emeritus status, members must be fully retired and must have been an OSA member for at least 10 years. The member's age plus the number of years of membership in OSA must equal 75 years or more.

Exhibit Pass Plus Registration: This registration allows attendees to access the Exhibit Hall and Plenary. This registration does not include access to the Technical Sessions.

Complimentary Short Courses

All courses will take place on Sunday, 29 September. To ensure admittance to your preferred course register as soon as possible. Space is limited and the complimentary seats will sell out. For more detailed descriptions of each course, click here.

SC491: Ultrafast Lasers
09:00 - 12:00
Instructor: Rüdiger Paschotta, RP Photonics, Netherlands

This course gives detailed insight into the operation principles and essential limitations of lasers for ultrashort pulse generation in the picosecond or femtosecond regime. Mode-locked lasers of different kinds, including particularly solid-state bulk lasers and fiber lasers, and the different active and passive mode-locking mechanisms used in those lasers are discussed in detail.

SC492: Laser Beam Combining
14:00 - 17:00
Instructor: Tso Yee (T.Y.) Fan, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

This short course will cover the fundamentals of laser beam combining, including requirements on the array elements, basic scaling laws, and implementations. Examples from the literature will be used to show the progress being made.

SC493: Emerging Solid-State Gain Media
14:00 - 17:00
Instructor: Christian Kränkel, Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung, Berlin, Germany

This course will introduce the most important material classes for solid-state lasers with their advantages and disadvantages. It will introduce the basic mechanical, thermal, and spectroscopic host material requirements for different doping ions and laser wavelength ranges as well as their interplay.

Extra Products for Purchase

Guest Congress Reception Ticket
Sunday, 29 September, 17:30 - 19:00
This is an additional ticket for guests of congress registrants to attend the 2019 OSA Laser Congress Reception on Sunday evening. Congress attendees do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, as one (1) is included with each full congress registration. Guest tickets may be purchased for US$ 75 (€ 70).

Guest Congress Banquet Ticket
Wednesday, 2 October, 19:00 - 21:00
This is an additional ticket for guests of congress registrants to attend the 2019 OSA Laser Congress Banquet on Wednesday evening. Congress attendees do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, as one (1) is included with each full congress registration (with a US$ 10 (€ 10) RSVP fee). Guest tickets may be purchased for US$ 95 (€ 90).

Payment and Refund Information

Checks and Money Orders: All checks must be in US dollars and made payable to The Optical Society. Please indicate the check number on the registration form.

Bank Drafts and Wire Transfers: Please indicate on your registration form which bank was used and when the deposit was made. Also, please notify OSA of the transfer to avoid any lost or unidentified payments.

Refund Policy for Registration: A US$ 75 service charge will be assessed for processing refunds. A letter requesting the refund should state the registrant's name and the amount of payment and should be faxed to +1.202.416.6140 or submitted through Requests for refunds that are received after Tuesday, 3 September 2019 will not be honored. All refund requests must be made in writing.

*Note that the Post-deadline Paper notifications typically occur after the refund cut-off date. Keep this in mind when registering. Refunds based on the inability to get a visa will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please begin the visa application process early. The visa process can take as long as 3 months in some cases.

Registration Support

Please contact Customer Service at or +1.202.416.1907 with questions regarding registration.