“ OSA facilitates collaboration within the optics and photonics community across Europe. ”
Yann Amouroux

The Optical Society is a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. Membership spans 100 countries, and more than half of OSA’s members and 80 percent of its journal authors live outside of the United States. As part of serving this multinational community, The Optical Society is excited to welcome Yann Amouroux to the OSA team. Amouroux, based in Bristol, U.K., will serve as OSA’s first on-the-ground representative in Europe. OPN caught up with him to learn a bit more about him and his new role.

Q. What do you think are some of the most exciting things about Europe’s scientific future?

There are a lot of programs in Europe, like Photonics21 and Horizon 2020, where those in academia and industry, and from various countries and different backgrounds and nationalities, are coming together. I think this is exciting and is a real strength in Europe—this collaborative atmosphere, in which academia and industry are actively partnering, rather than either trying to do things on their own.

It can also be a weakness, though, because, like anything that mixes lots of elements together, things can become complicated. Add Brexit to the mix, and the possible impact that might have on science both within and outside of the U.K., and the challenges become even greater. Ultimately though, I think Europe’s scientific future is bright.

Q. Do you see a role for organizations like OSA in helping to facilitate that sort of collaboration between countries?

Yes! OSA already facilitates collaboration within the optics and photonics community across Europe in many ways, and can continue to do so. Each year we hold conferences and meetings in Europe to better enable networking. We have a wide range of subscription and open-access journals in which European authors can choose to publish, to help disseminate their work both within and outside of Europe.

We partner with a variety of sister societies within Europe to enable collaborations and the creation and implementation of Europe-specific programs that might not otherwise be possible. The launch of the CLEO/Europe–EQEC in 1994 is one example of this; OSA partners with the European Physical Society as well as IEEE Photonics Society to sponsor this biennial conference every other year.

Q. Tell me about your role and some of your goals for OSA’s operation in Europe.

OSA currently supports a large community in Europe. My role is to ensure that those that we are already involved with feel that their needs are being met. I’ll also be focused on engaging with those in our community who may not know us well or at all.

Ultimately, I’m here to help OSA better achieve its mission by expanding the work that we are currently doing in Europe. A key aspect of my role will be to facilitate a greater connection between the society and those in the community that it serves who happen to be based in Europe.

Q. Where should people look for you in the coming months?

I’ll be attending a number of conferences and university events across Europe throughout the rest of the year. If there’s a meeting that you would like for me to consider attending, I do hope that you will get in touch with me. I can be reached via email at yamouroux@osa.org.