OSA is a proud member of the International Day of Light Steering Committee. For the inaugural year, we celebrated through the global optics and photonics community and included the general public. Read the final report (pdf)


20,000+ Attended the International Day of Light Exhibition at ARTECHOUSE: Naked Eyes by NONOTAK


OSA partnered with a Washington, D.C., USA, art space known as ARTECHOUSE, which brings immersive installations with cutting-edge technology to its visitors, to produce an International Day of Light exhibition that ran from 16 May through 30 June. Along with support from the American Institute of Physics Venture Partnership Fund and the American Physical Society, OSA supported the production of the exhibit. A highlight was that OSA connected ARTECHOUSE and the artist duo NONOTAK with members of the society at Versalume, which powers integrated technology solutions using Corning Fibrance Light-Diffusing fiber, to collaborate and create a unique piece.

The exhibition at ARTECHOUSE was featured in the Optics & Photonics News (OPN) July/August 2018 issue.

Watch Disappearing in the Dark, a documentary by the American Institute of Physics and Inside Science on the artists NONOTAK and production at ARTECHOUSE – coming soon


7,500+ Learned about optics and photonics through the Optics Suitcase

Optics Suitcase

To support local OSA student chapter and volunteer organizers globally with their celebrations and outreach programs, the OSA Foundation and the Rochester Local Section of OSA distributed more than 150 Optics Suitcases. These suitcases feature a classroom set of several demonstrations that are tools for teaching optics and photonics to K-12 youth.

4,700+ Experienced an International Day of Light plenary featuring Nobel Laureate John C. Mather


4,700+ Experienced an International Day of Light plenary featuring Nobel Laureate John C. Mather

Text: As part of a special International Day of Light celebration at CLEO in San Jose, Calif., USA, Nobel Laureate John Mather, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, delivered a presentation on future discoveries that may be seen through NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), discussed the expanding views of the universe, and outlined the technology that will lead us to deeper understanding.

20,000+ Optics & Photonics News magazine readers connect with the International Day of Light

Optics & Photonics

The International Day of Light was featured in the May 2018 issue of OPN, which is distributed to more than 20,000 members of the community worldwide. Subscribers can read the article online.