The OSA Biophotonics Congress is an annual meeting. In alternating years, the congress scope focuses on biomedical optics (even years) or optics in life sciences (odd years).

Biomedical Optics focuses on technological solutions to medical challenges and medical applications, complementing the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in Life Sciences. It covers a diversity of cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques, and will bring together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, and physicians, as well as junior researchers and graduate students, who are engaged in optical methods to advance discovery and application of medical science to clinical practice.