The Optical Society's (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
OSA was founded 100 years ago as The Optical Society of America and has evolved into a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. In recognition of its global reach and focus, since 2008 the Society has been known as OSA - The Optical Society.
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Bernard J. Couillaud Prize
Th OSA Foundation & Coherent Inc. are pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of the Bernard J. Couillaud prize, Bo Li, Cornell University, USA. Learn more at osa.org/couillaud
Siegman International School on Lasers
The Siegman International School is a week-long program that exposes students to in-depth learning of lasers and their applications from internationally recognized academic and industry leaders in the field. The 2021 school will host those selected in 2020 to attend in Poland.
Meet OSA’s 2019 Honorary Member
Meet the 2020 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize Recipient
2020 Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition Video
Building the Business of Optics and Photonics
2020 OSA Foundation Pivoting Fellowship Recipient Nirmal Punjabi
Why Peer Review Matters.
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