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The Imperial College London Optical Society (ICOS) is a postgraduate-led organisation aiming to bring together researchers in the field of optics and photonics and to promote the science and application of light to the wider community. We are a student chapter of both the Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).


We try to organise social events each term for Imperial College students, varying from evenings with a few drinks to laser chess tournaments, in addition to a lunchtime seminar series of talks from invited research and industrial leaders. We are also active in promoting optics and photonics to the public through outreach activities with local schools and exhibitions at national science fairs. If you're interested in our society delivering an outreach exhibit / talk for your event, please get in touch by email or via the contact box below

Optical Society events at Imperial are usually open to all postgraduates, although we encourage students to consider applying for membership of OSA and/or SPIE. In addition to the personal benefits of joining such an organisation, our funding from these organisations depends on student membership, so we need your support.

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