The Optical Society

About Us

The Optical Society's (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application, and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical, and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.

Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians, and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through publications, events, and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.

OSA was founded over 100 years ago as The Optical Society of America and has evolved into a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. In recognition of its global reach and focus, since 2008 the Society has been known as OSA - The Optical Society.


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Mailing Address
Global Headquarters
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036, USA

Genaro Montanez
Chief Membership Engagement Officer
+1 202.416.1907
Chad Stark
Executive Director, OSAF
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The Optical Society
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Suzanne Ffolkes
Chief Communications Officer
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