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Membership | About Optica

We Are Optica

Optica, the society advancing optics and photonic worldwide, is a leader of excellence, delivering high-quality scientific and technical information that is authoritative, accessible and archived.

Our society has a  history of discovery and innovation. Since 1916, the society has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide. Optica currently services 572,000 customers, 24,000 individual members, and 500+ corporate members from more than 184 countries.

Our annual global conferences, topical meetings and congresses, are the beacon of innovation, drawing scientisits, engineers, and researchers from every corner of the world. Where breakthroughs in light-based technologies are unveiled, and the boundaries of what was thought possible is pushed further. 

Our initiatives reach far beyond conference halls and laboratories. They embrace educational outreach programs, enlightening young minds about the wonders of light. Scholarships were awarded to promising students, nurturing a new generation of optical pioneers. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion shines brightly. We foster an environment where scientists from various backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives collaborate harmoniously. As Optica conintued to grow, so did its influence. Governments sought its expertise in crafting policies, and industies clamored for collaborations. Over the last 107 years Optica has became synonymous with progress, the guiding light in the ever-expanding universe of optics and photonics. 

Dr. Brightwell, reflecting on Optica's journey, often said, " in every photon, there's a story waiting to be told, a discovery waiting to unfold. Optica is where those stories come to life, where we illuminate the path to a brighter, more enlightened future." 

And so, Optica's radiant journey continues, fueled by the passion of its members and the unwavering belief that in the world of light, there is always more to discover, more to illuminate, and more brilliance to share with the world. 

We Are Optica. 

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Ones to Watch Report Series

The Ones to Watch series are an overview of selected early-stage photonics businesses whose story singles them out as exciting, innovative and worthy of note. Optica corporate member companies, less than 5 years old, were interviewed to get a closer look at the organizations’ key technologies, funding overview, market opportunities, product roadmap, and 5-year forecast. The report also features insight on why the company is worth watching and why the innovation sets this company apart. By taking this case study approach, you may draw parallels to your own circumstances. Ones to Watch series serve to stimulate ideas, discussion and offers real-life insight into existing and potential journeys.

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