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Global Policy & Affairs

Facilitating policies in support of optics and photonics worldwide.

GEMM Initiative
Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Initiative (GEMM)

Engaging experts at institutions worldwide to form multidisciplinary regional centers that create and share new measurement technologies and climate models.

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Global Health Initiative
Global Health Initiative

Coalescing research, applications, government and industry to develop and provide life-saving solutions worldwide.

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Advocate of Optics

Recognizing an outstanding public official from any country who demonstrates leadership and support for the advancement of optics and photonics. 

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Partnering with scientific, university and business organizations to achieve common goals.

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US Public Affairs Programs
US Public Affairs Programs

Providing Congressional Fellowships, Capitol Hill and District Visits and other resources to advance optics and photonics policy within the United States.

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Policy Issue Statements
Policy Issue Positions

Statements from the Optica Public Policy Council and Board of Directors on critical issues worldwide.

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Public Affairs

Scientific Societies Support Additional Visas for Students with STEM Degrees

Scientific societies, including Optica (formerly The Optical Society), signed onto a letter supporting increasing the number of EB (employment-based) visas for international students who earn, or previously earned, advanced STEM degrees in the United States.  The letter also requests that these individuals be exempt from any per-country cap.

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Coalition asks White House to Support STEM Community in Afghanistan

Science societies including Optica (formerly The Optical Society) signed onto a letter to Dr. Eric Lander, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to extend assistance to engineers, scientists, and other educated professionals in Afghanistan.  The letter also asks them to assist women in STEM in their exodus from Afghanistan.

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