We are the next generation

Our goal is to inspire, support and mentor the students and early career professionals who will be the change-makers in optics and photonics.


Make a contribution to support training, mentoring, scholarships, and professional development programs.

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Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition

Explore opportunities recognizing excellence, removing barriers and cultivating the future of our field.

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NextGen Institute

Attend a unique series of schools designed for training, skill building and networking with our network of renowned corporate leaders, researchers.

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Learn more about our leadership, view our annual reports and meet our staff.

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Share an idea: #OpticaFoundationChallenge

Celebrate LightDay2022 and the #OpticaFoundation20th and share an idea for how light could be used to impact our world. The 20th Anniversary Challenge competition with US$100K prizes begins by July 2022. 

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