The OSA Foundation Announces Collaboration With Google for Subsea Optical Fiber Communications School

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) will partner with Google for the inaugural Subsea Optical Fiber Communications International Summer School.OSA Foundation Press Release
March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON–The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the inaugural Subsea Optical Fiber Communications International Summer School

The program, created by OSAF and Google, highlights the expanding and exciting field of subsea optical fiber communications for early stage researchers, engineers and Ph.D. or Master’s degree students looking for a new field of opportunity in technology. Attendees will go through a comprehensive process to build a modern global communication network, with a focus on submarine system design, submarine powering, cable technology, planning, marine operations and maintenance.

“We want to encourage the best and brightest scientists and engineers to consider subsea communications as a profession,” said Valey Kamalov, network engineer at Google and chair of the school program committee.

Applications for the inaugural summer school program are due 30 March 2019. Invitations for those selected to attend will be sent in late April. Among other application materials, candidates will be asked to submit two statements of 250 words each describing why they would like to attend the school and how their current work relates to subsea optical fiber communications.

Ninety-nine percent of all international data traffic travels through the 1.2 million km of subsea optical fiber in use in subsea cables today. That data traffic is set to double in the next three years. During the summer school program, speakers from Google, Facebook, Subcom, Alcatel Submarine Networks, NEC and more will work with attendees to help them understand and prepare to work on solutions for the challenges ahead.

A $500 U.S. registration fee will be charged upon acceptance to the school. Registration includes all meals and accommodations. Travel expenses to Finland are not included. Travel and registration grants will be available based on need and school resources. Those who are accepted should check with their home country on Visa requirements, if any. Conference organizers can provide Visa letters upon request.

The Subsea Optical Fiber Communications International Summer School is generously supported by SubOptic, the global trade association for the submarine cable community, and sponsored by Ciena, Nokia and other industry leaders.

About The OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving, and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and business communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. For more information, visit

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