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.

2018 Incubators

Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging 
2-4 May 2018 
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC 

Hosted by:
John Delaney, National Gallery of Art, United States 
Martin Fischer, Duke University, United States 
David Saunders, British Museum, United Kingdom 
Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator 
20-22 May 2018 
OSA Headquarters, Washington DC 

Hosted By: 
Garo Khanarian, Consultant 
Robert Norwood, University of Arizona 
Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory 
OSA Defects by Design Incubator: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials

28-30 October
OSA Headquarters, Washington, DC 
Hosted By:
Audrius Alkauskas
, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lee Bassett, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kai-Mei Fu, University of Washington, USA

View past incubator meetings.