Incubator Meetings

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The Incubator Program was created to provide unique and focused experiences, providing researchers, engineers and business leaders in niche fields a valuable opportunity to meet and discuss advances, challenges and opportunities regarding their research. OSA Incubators:


  • Target emerging topics and fields that do not have the critical mass needed to support an OSA topical meeting structure.
  • Function to further the interest and support of promising topic areas, assessing the broader implications of the topic for future research and application.
  • Explore possibilities for greater inclusion and propagation of the topic into peer-reviewed topical meeting and/or congresses or conferences.
  • Encourage extensive formal and informal discussion while establishing a sense of community among participants.
  • Offer a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication—publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Propose a New Incubator

OSA continuously strives to expand the incubator program to examine new and burgeoning topics. Please use this form to propose an Incubator you would be interested in hosting or a topic area you would recommend OSA explore.

Read blog posts on past Incubators.

2019 Incubators

Quantum Bio-Photonics Incubator
28-30 April 2019
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Alexandra Olaya-Castro, University College London, United Kingdom
Luca Sapienza, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Greg Engel, University of Chicago, United States

Agri-Photonics Incubator: Advanced Spectroscopy in Precision Agriculture
12-14 May 2019
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States

Hosted By: 
Krishnan Parameswaran
, Analog Devices, United States
Joachim Sacher, Sacher Laser, Germany
Amartya Sengupta, IIT-Delhi, India
Ariunbold Gombojav, Mississippi State University, United States

View past incubator meetings.