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OIDA works in partnership with The Optical Society of America (OSA) to promote optics and photonics to a variety of audiences. Connecting with federal and state policy makers is a key activity for the optics and photonic community. OIDA members visit with their elected officials, inform governments about progress in the field and reach out in other ways to educate decision makers on the importance of science—optoelectronics in particular—to society. OIDA encourages members to get involved in the science policy process. The following opportunities offer a way for you to make a difference.
Current OIDA Activities Include:
OIDA looks forward to the anticipated release of the National Academies of Science report with the following subject/focus areas: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; International Issues; National Security and Defense; Policy for Science and Technology.
Contact OIDA for additional information and to participate in these efforts.
OIDA works to keep its members informed of what is going on in science policy in Washington, DC. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these resources:
An insider's look at the field's most noteworthy funding opportunities in easy-to-read summaries.
Regularly updated news briefs tracking important science policy issues that affect optics and photonics professionals.
A grassroots e-mail list designed for members who are interested in staying on top of science policy issues. Sent no more than six times per year, alerts inform OLN members of upcoming Hill visit opportunities, when to contact their legislators about important issues and recaps of science policy happenings in Washington, DC. Sign up today.
In the policy world, decision makers rely on outside experts to keep them informed on important issues. As a constituent and a professional in the science community you have the power to educate your government about the importance of optics and photonics, especially as it relates to science policy decisions.
OIDA participates in a variety of outreach programs designed to keep policy makers updated on the progress in the fields of optics and photonics. Consider participating in Capitol Hill Day and Congressional Visits Day.