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The Australian Optical Society

The Australian Optical Society (AOS) is a non-profit organisation for the advancement of optics in Australia. The society was formed in 1983 for this purpose. The Society embraces anyone contributing to or interested in optics in the widest sense.

The Australian Optical Society was established

  • To provide a forum for persons involved in or in any way interested in optics.
  • To strengthen the teaching of optics in Australia
  • To promote research in and other activities in optics in all its diversity
  • To foster closer collaboration in optics both nationally and internationally

Advantages of AOS Membership

  • Discounted registration at our biennial, stand alone AOS conferences, and notices of combined meetings as part of the ACOLS conference series.
  • Subscription to AOS News, our quarterly journal, which will keep you in touch with optics in the region, including
    • research in topical areas
    • optics and science policy
    • meetings calendars
    • job markets and advertisements
    • commercial optics developments
    • member contacts
  • Each member of the AOS contributes, through their subscription, to STA (a science lobby group in Canberra, whose aim is to encourage scientific dialogue between industry, government, and the science and technology community).
  • Joint Membership Agreements with the SPIE and OSA assist us in being part of the wider international optics community via news-letters, conference notices and journals.

In addition, your membership will give you a voice, via the activities of the AOS Council, in the development of optics in this region, for which the AOS is the primary representative body. The AOS has members working in commercial, academic and teaching areas in visible optics, laser optics, IR & UV optics, X-ray optics, spectroscopy and atom optics, neutron optics, quantum optics, medical optics, imaging, and applications, to name a few broad categories of interest. Our conferences are usually very strong in visible and laser optics and applications, and usually have good representation in the other areas. Typical conferences have 200-400 attendees when not enhanced by collocation with other conferences.

Rules & regulations

AOS Constitution

Equity and Diversity Policy

Code of Conduct


For a personal view of the creation of the AOS, this article has been transcribed from the AOS News : Article - The Founding of the Australian Optical Society by W.H.Steel. In 2013 the AOS News (Vol. 27, No. 4) published an article of reminiscences on the first thirty years of the AOS, and the history of the logo can be found in the same issue of AOS News (Vol. 27, No. 4).

The AOS was originally established in 1984 under Tasmanian corporate legislation. The Constitution was brought into line with current corporate law in 2015. The original Memorandum and Articles of Association can be found here:

Memorandum of association

Articles of association

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