The Optical Society (OSA) is an international association of researchers which work in the field of optics and photonics. In 2009 OSKar was founded as an OSA student chapter — a local branch of the OSA student organization and thus we are in strong collaboration and partnership with the OSA.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. In 2012 OSKar became part of the SPIE community.


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the three best research universities of Germany. It offers a strong program in optics and photonics. Most OSKar members are enrolled at KIT either as Master or PhD students.


The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is a graduate school at KIT founded in 2006. KSOP offers a Master and a PhD program in optics and photonics and is OSKar’s sponsor and supporter. We regularly host and arrange joint events.

OSA student chapters

We maintain contacts with other OSA student chapters including

hbarOMEGA – OSA Student Chapter Erlangen

Berlin Optik – OSA Student Chapter Berlin

OSA Student Chapter Southern Germany

OSA Student Chapter Ilmenau

Institutes of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Specialists in the sphere of optics and photonics are highly demanded in different faculties and institutes at the KIT including




Every year OSKar organizes excursions to different companies that specialize in the sphere of optics and photonics thereby helping students to explore the industrial area and find future internship and work positions. We have already visited

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