Optics & Photonics Tunisia Student Chapter (OPTSC)

The engineering school of communication of Tunis (Sup’Com), which is the leading engineering school dedicated to ICT in Tunisia, and located in the main Tunisian technopark, involves a very active research group in the fields of optical fibre communications, nonlinear optics, optoelectronics, and photonics components for telecommunication-based applications.

In 2009, a group of PhD, MSc and Engineering students, leaded by Rim Cherif under the supervision of Mourad Zghal, established the first OSA (Optical Society of America) and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) chapters in Tunisia and the second in Africa. Moreover, our group named OPTSC (Optics and Photonics Tunisia Student Chapter), is an Optical Society of Tunisia (STO) student chapter.


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What’s Up ?




02 February 2016: Recruitment & Optics and Photonics promotion day, Sup’Com

November 2015: CONGRATULATIONS to OPTSC chapter adviser Prof. Mourad ZGHAL who has been elected OSA Fellow readmore

10-13 November 2015: Career Building Workshops for Women Scientists Photos readmore

15-21 March 2015: TrainingLighting up Africa with Lasers, Optics, and Fibres Photos readmore

February 2015: CONGRATULATIONS to OPTSC chapter adviser Dr. Rim CHERIF who has been awarded the 2015 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Prize, Trieste, Italy, 18 February readmore

March 2015. OPTSC has been awarded the 2015 FOCUS grant to host the first joint FOCUS/IONS conference from 2 to 5 September 2015. Thank you SPIE for your support!

January 2015. OPTSC will host the First IONS International OSA Network of Students Conference in Tunisia. Thank you OSA for your support!

January 2015, SPIE Professional : Shedding Light On the Contributions of Muslim Scholars to Science and Technology readmore

05 December 2014: Elsevier foundation grant recipient for: Career Building Workshops for STEM Women Scientists. 

The objectives of our activities sponsored by either OSA and/or SPIE are to:

– Diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied.

– Promote and advance research in the field of optics and photonics through educational and outreach activities. – Connect our members with leaders from scientific institutions and companies employing physicists and engineers to establish opportunities for scientific collaboration, potential employment after graduation.

– Gain insight in neighbouring research fields of optics and photonics.

– Achieve social and scientific networking with other OSA and SPIE Student Chapters in Africa and all over the world.



OPTSC participation is a great way to build technical and leadership skills while networking with peers and the greater OSA and SPIE community. OSA and SPIE provide each chapter with a wide range of benefits and opportunities for professional development:

– Free access to OSA and SPIE journals

– Free optics & photonics news (OPN) subscription

– Free Physics Today subscription

– Activity Grants (conferences, seminars,…)

– Free Outreach Materials

– Leadership Conference

– Traveling Lecturer Program

– Excellence Award – E-Newsletter