About the OSA Student Chapter

The Optical Society (OSA, founded in 1916) brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. The mission of the OSA is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. A driving force behind all OSA’s initiatives is its commitment to excellence and long-term learning. OSA’s membership totals 15,500 individuals from over 95 countries.


OSA Student Chapters and International OSA Network of Students (IONS)
OSA has a worldwide network of Student Chapters and participation in one of them is a great way to build technical and leadership skills while networking with peers and the greater OSA community. OSA and the OSA Foundation provide each chapter with a wide range of benefits and professional development opportunities. Launched in 2006, the International OSA Network of Students (IONS) is a program that encourages student chapters to organize and manage regional and online meetings that focus on technical and professional development content and networking.  OSA supports IONS events through its guest lecturer program and provides administrative, marketing and event funding.


Our hbar OMEGA – OSA Student Chapter Erlangen
Our student chapter was officially registered at the OSA in 2007. Additionally, we lately founded an acknowledged non-profit corporation (“Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light Student Chapter of the Optical Society of America”) in order to facilitate financial and legal matters concerning the chapter.

The main objectives of the hbar OMEGA – OSA Student Chapter Erlangen are as follows:

  • enhancement of the quality of optics student life through the promotion of student community, student education and industrial contact
  • promotion of optical science and engineering among the academic and local communities through outreach and educational activities
  • strengthening of communication and interaction between students, faculties and administration
  • broadening of students’ insight of post-graduate opportunities by connecting our members with leaders from scientific institutions and companies employing physicist and engineers
  • social and scientific networking with other OSA Student Chapters 

We organize a variety of events in order to achieve these objective.

If your are interested in our activities we encourage you to become an active member of our chapter by sending an email to board-osa-sc@mpl.mpg.de!

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