Our New Brand Story

Wave hello to Optica.

Inspired by our work advancing light science and technology worldwide, we are excited to announce our society's new name.

What We Do

About Optica

Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement.

Learn more about Optica's Strategy

View the 2020 Optica Financial Report

Published in the September 2021 issue of Optics and Photonics News; Learn more about Optica's 2020 Milestones

Read the 2021 Optica Foundation Annual Report
Optica President
From our President

I am pleased to greet you as the 2022 President of Optica. As the first Optica President based in Japan, and far from America and Europe, I hope to promote our continued globalization and diversification of the society. I will be talking more about these themes in the coming months. I hope you will consider sending your feedback on this and future messages to me at ideas@optica.org—it will be very valuable for me, and the society, to learn your perspectives as we think about improving our service for members throughout the world.

Satoshi Kawata, 2022 Optica President

Our Core Values: i4

Optica’s values of innovation, integrity, inclusivity and impact (“i4”) underpin all of its activities, and a commitment to excellence and diversity are the hallmarks of its initiatives. Our Core Values define the principles that guide Optica's mission.  

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Our Leadership

Optica is a “member-driven” society. The most senior governing body is the Board of Directors. Responsibilities for key areas are allocated to topic-specific councils comprised of nominated volunteers.

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Our Future

The 2030 Green Paper outlines the vision for the society and while this document provides an overview of the collective thinking of a range of members and volunteers, it is only a beginning. Our greatest strength is its member-driven collaboration, and the Board encourages each member to add his or her own insights and opinions to the conversation.

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