WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Light the Future speaker series at eight international events in 2016. The events are open to conference attendees, invited guests and the local community. The program features visionaries, futurists and Nobel Prize winners who will provide an opportunity to look forward to optics and photonics innovations. The series begins on Tuesday, 9 February at OSA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Imagine self-driving cars, 3D printing and a billion pixel camera. Just 20, 50, 100 years ago these inventions were unthinkable. Today, researchers and industry leaders around the globe are perfecting innovations that once were the realm of science fiction. Offering a glimpse into the future of light, the series will highlight how science affects our lives every day and will help communicate to all audiences the importance of supporting scientific research and discovery.
“Science is the art of constant progress. We ask new questions and seek new answers. The seminal moments of great breakthroughs are iconic – the invention of the laser, the debut of the Polaroid camera at an OSA meeting in 1947, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society. “The Light the Future series hosts thought leaders and noted luminaries in the field who will provide insight into the next century of the innovation for the science of light.”
The series will be a program element at these eight international meetings:
Ira Flatow, broadcast journalist and host of Science Friday
|The Optical Society Centennial Leadership Conference and Celebration|
|Washington, DC, USA (invitation only)|
Mary Lou Jepsen, executive director of engineering, Facebook, with Alan Willner, 2016 OSA President and OSA Fellow
|OFC Conference & Exhibition|
|Anaheim, California, USA|
|San Jose, California, USA|
Joseph Izatt, professor of Biophotonics, Duke University, and OSA Fellow
|Imaging & Applied Optics Congress|
|23 August:||Speaker TBA|
|Latin American Optics and Photonics Conference (LAOP)|
|Frontiers in Optics Conference & Exhibition (FiO/LS)|
|Rochester, New York, USA|
|Asia Communications and Photonics Conference|
The schedule will be updated at osa.org/100. All sessions, with the exception of the 9 February invitation-only session, are open to the public and the media. For ticket inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org/100.
OSA 100 Centennial Sponsors
The Optical Society acknowledges the generosity of our corporate sponsors and media partners: Thorlabs, Inc., Corning, Inc., Edmund Optics, Go!Foton, Hamamatsu Corporation, IDEX Corporation, Navitar, Inc., OFS, Optimax Systems, RPC Photonics, Inc., Synopsys, Inc., TOPTICA Photonics, Inc., TRUMPF, Inc., Zygo Corporation, Business Wire, Laser Focus World and Photonics Media.