NIRFAST Pre-Conference Training Workshop

Monday, 2 April, 08:00–18:00
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Meeting Room 314

Advance registration is required. Registration is free - click here to register

The goal of this workshop is to provide hands-on instruction with NIRFAST for modeling light transport in tissue. The workshop will cover basic aspects of Nirfast and will include user driven examples on modeling light transport in tissues and performing tomographic image reconstruction. For more information visit:

MCX'18 Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, 2 April, 08:00–18:00
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Meeting Room 307

Advance registration is required. Seating is limited. Registration is free - Click here to register.

In this workshop, you will be provided with hands-on trainings on building fast and accurate Monte Carlo (MC) biophotonics simulations using open-source software - MCX (GPU accelerated MC simulator) and MMC (Mesh-based MC for accurate anatomical modeling). For more information visit:

OSA Biomedical Optics Technical Groups Poster Award

Tuesday, 3 April - Thursday, 5 April
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Grand Ballroom East

OSA offers several technical groups focused on biomedical optics to provide you with a chance to connect with colleagues working in your area of specialization. As part of this congress, these technical groups are supporting an award for Best Poster Presentation for students and recent graduates. Individuals with a poster presentation interested in being considered for this award, which will include a monetary prize and an OSA membership, should apply online before 19 March 2018 to be considered.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, 3 April, 17:30–19:00
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Grand Ballroom East

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Welcome Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. One Welcome Reception ticket is included in the Full Technical Registration Fee. Guest tickets may be purchased for US $75.

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, 4 April, 12:00–13:30
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Meeting Room 314
Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Biophotonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

Program is open to OSA Members. There is limited space and we ask that you RSVP to attend.

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Dinner Cruise on The Grand Floridian

Wednesday, 4 April, 18:00–20:00
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Diplomat Landing, Marina Dock

Attendee Ticket (Tickets are not included in registration fee): US $25
Guest Ticket: US $75

Cruise the Intracoastal waterway and enjoy dinner on a spectacular luxury yacht that offers four decks, a covered sky lounge and a spacious top deck for ocean views. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guests. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Cruise Schedule:
18:00–18:30 Boarding at the Diplomat Landing, Marina Dock
18:30 Cruise Departure
18:30–20:00 Cruise and Dinner Buffet
20:00 Return to Dock
21:00 Final Disembark

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Thursday, 5 April, 12:00–13:30
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Atlantic Ballroom 1

Speaker: Sara Bendoraitis, American University, USA

Research demonstrates that we all have unconscious biases. These biases can result in best and brightest talent made to feel unwelcome, invisible, and not important to the success of the organization. This training will explore concepts and engage participants to better understand implicit bias, increase awareness and understanding the impact on organizational culture and identify ways to promote greater engagement with diversity and inclusion.

Programs is open to OSA Members. There is limited space and we ask that you RSVP to attend.

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Lost in Translation?: Clinical trial challenges across the Globe

Friday, 6 April, 12:00–13:30
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Grand Ballroom West

The potential for biophotonics technologies to have transformative clinical impact is clear. However, taking a great idea from the bench to the clinic, and then to market is a complex path to navigate. At this lunch event you will hear from a panel of experts who have taken on this challenge in order to deliver their technologies to those who need them. In particular, we will contrast the differences in design features and deployment strategies needed for technologies targeting markets such as the US and Europe, versus technologies for global health – an area well matched to the unique benefits of biophotonics. There will be ample time for questions, discussion and networking.

Lunch will be available for purchase outside the meeting room.