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Mentoring Future Leaders

#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts and blogs featuring inspirational stories and perspectives from scientists and engineers improving the world. In this We Are OSA podcast, we explore the unique rapport between a mentor and mentee with first-hand stories from two OSA members – Chris Dainty, 2011 OSA President, and Arlene Smith, 2020 OSA Board of Directors.

Added:23 Mar 2021


Happy International Volunteer Day

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2020, The Optical Society (OSA) wants to recognize and thank our outstanding volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to enrich our Society and the entire optics and photonics community.

Added:03 Dec 2020


Getting involved with OSA

I have been a member of OSA since 2010, when I joined the University of Southampton student chapter council. As a council member, I had the opportunity to organise events to bring the local optics student community together as well as to speak to grade school students about the joy of optics as part of our outreach activities. Taking a leadership role and engaging with the community served to...

Added:31 Mar 2020


Becoming an OSA council student representative

Nearly 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to represent all OSA student members and help shape the future of new OSA member programs. This dramatically changed my life and career perspective as I was directly influencing and endorsing new initiatives.

Added:08 Nov 2019


Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland Highlights Award-Winning Research at OSA Leadership Conference

At The Optical Society's (OSA) 2019 Leadership Conference, 2013 President, OSA Fellow and Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland is featured as the 2019 "Light the Future" plenary speaker. Donna discsued the fundamental science behind her co-invention of chirped pulse amplification (CPA) and highlighted her experiences surrounding the Nobel announcement.  

Added:04 Apr 2019


OSA Leadership Conference Tackles Thorny and Complex Anti-Harassment Issue

The Optical Society’s (OSA) 2019 Leadership Conference, during a 2 April 2019 plenary session, tackled a pressing and complex subject facing scientific societies: Implementing anti-harassment policies that address sexual and gender harassment as well as bullying behaviors.

Added:02 Apr 2019


An Insightful Experience at OSA Leadership

​Dr. Ivan P. Kaminow was a pioneer in the area of telecommunications and was passionate about mentoring early career professionals and the OSA Ivan P. Kaminow Early Career Professional Prize has been constituted in his memory. I remember waking up in the first week of January and seeing the email from OSA that announced the award, a truly fantastic start to the year for me! It is an incredible...

Added:02 May 2018


Opening New Doors

I’m delighted and honored to take up the role of OSA President. I know that I follow many illustrious holders of this office, not least my immediate predecessor, Eric Mazur (Harvard University, USA), who has left his mark on the governance, diversity and global character of The Optical Society. I thank him for his service and estimable contributions to the organization.

Added:01 Jan 2018