Incorporating the University of Southampton Optica (formerly OSA) Student Chapter, the University of Southampton SPIE Student Chapter and the University of Southampton IEEE Photonics Society. The University of Southampton Optics and Photonics Society (OPSoc) consists of a group of postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as well as related departments, at the University of Southampton. The students of the Optoelectronics Research Centre formed the society as a means to communicate their research to both internal and external audiences. This has resulted in a greater interaction between students in the ORC and the wider optics and photonics community. The society encourages social activities that enhance members' working relationships and provide a break from the hard work of scientific research. There is an educational aspect to our ventures, with regular trips to scientific sites and seminars in house. Our outreach programme, Lightwave, is a road show taken to schools and extracurricular clubs in the Southampton area and around the south coast, presenting scientific phenomena to primary and secondary school students. In addition, members of the society further their organisational experience which will be of great value in their future careers.

The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Optics and Photonics Society this year are:

Toji Thomas
EDI and Publicity Officer
George Ong
Education Officer
Thomas Grant
Rosemary Clark
Robin Elliott
Social Secretary
Kalen Barnfather
Social Secretary
Alexander Flint
Eleanor Osborne
Sam McQuillan
Wellbeing Officer

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Optics and Photonics Society, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

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NameCostValid PeriodDetails
Free MembershipFREE13/12/2022 - 30/09/2023Gain access to invited talks, student conferences, outreach opportunities and guilt-free participation in our social activities. You will also be eligible for discounted membership to Optica, SPIE and IEEE.


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