The Group

We – the Optics Students Karlsruhe (OSKar) – are a group of enthusiastic students coming from different academic and cultural backgrounds, united by our common interest in sharing Optics and Photonics knowledge. The mix of Engineering, Physics and Optics students in our team gives rise to diverse and complementary ideas that are materialized in our projects and events.

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Our students’ chapter intends to promote Optics as an amazing science within university and the general public. Therefore we organize regular activities to give students an opportunity to see the practical applications of their hard-learned knowledge and skills.

We organize industry visits to companies and research institutes; lectures on Optics given by invited speakers from all over the world; an Internship Icebreaker with companies from the Optics and Photonics industry which are looking for interns; and other activities such as regular meetings (Stammtisch) and Lasertag.


OSKar is part of a worldwide network of student chapters of the Optical Society (OSA) and of SPIE which are both association that aim to enhance cooperation between scientist, engineers, educators and business leaders working in the field of Optics and Photonics. As a student chapter we participate in meetings of the International OSA Network of Students (IONS) including the opportunity of networking and extending our knowledge of Optics. We can highlight our Optics Visualized Contest in the framework of the International OSA Conference held in Karlsruhe in June 2010, where we awarded the creative visualization of optical phenomena or research results. Moreover, we regularly invite and host guest speakers from the Traveling Lecturer Programs of OSA and SPIE.

We have a strong collaboration with the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) which is a graduate school at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and which is where almost all the academic and research activity of our members is made. However, OSKar is not directly bound to KSOP and KIT. In our ranks we welcome everyone who is interested in the field as long as they are connected to the region of Karlsruhe.

OSKar presents a unique mixture of different cultures, languages and ideologies. Our members have an opportunity not only to obtain new knowledge, but also to get a valuable experience of intercultural communication. This map is an evidence proving that OSKar members are coming from all over the world.

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