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OSA Webcast to discuss state of optics worldwide.

Press Release Summary:

Aug 17, 2012 - On Tuesday, August 21 at 10 a.m. PDT, The Optical Society is live webcasting roundtable discussion at Stanford University devoted to National Academy of Sciences' report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Several members of the NAS Harnessing Light committee will discuss their findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science.

The Optical Society (OSA) - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

OSA Webcast on Landmark NAS Report: Optical Science Trends for the Future

Press release date: Aug 15, 2012

Experts to Discuss the State of Optics Worldwide and Future Opportunities

The Optical Society (OSA) is live webcasting a roundtable discussion at Stanford University devoted to the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) recently-released report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Several members of the NAS Harnessing Light committee will discuss their findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science.

In the past 10 years, enormous progress has been made in the development of optical technologies for energy, solid-state lighting, manufacturing, fiber optic telecommunications, defense, medicine, and information technology. This new report assesses the current state of optics from a market perspective, prioritizes a set of "grand challenge" questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions for further development and maintenance.

What: Free OSA Webcast: Roundtable Discussion of the National Academy of Sciences Report Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation

When: Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Who:
Allan Willner, Ph.D. - Moderator Harnessing Light Committee Co-Chair & University of Southern California

Tom Baer
Stanford Photonics Research Center

Milton Chang
Incubic Management, LLC

David Miller
Stanford University

Edward White
Edward White Consulting

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporters wishing to participate in the webcast can register via the online form or by contacting Angela Stark at astark@osa.org or +1.202.416.1443. Media interviews with select report authors are available (contact Angela Stark). OSA's initial statement on the release of the NAS report is available on OSA's website.

About OSA
Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.