San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Social Networking Events
Hidden Figures Film Screening
Date: Saturday 5 August 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
SPIE Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join the students for a screening of Hidden Figures, a 2016 film that explores the ways in which African American female mathematicians defied societal norms and helped make history working at NASA during the 20th Century Space Race. After the film, a discussion will be hosted by members of the SPIE Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Subcommittee.
:: All attendees are welcome.
Optics Outreach Games
Date: Sunday 6 August 2017
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
View optics and photonics demonstrations from student chapters worldwide while enjoying refreshments and networking in a casual atmosphere. Students relax and hang out with peers while engaging in a friendly competition.

For demonstration videos from last year's Games, visit
Early Career Networking Breakfast
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Start your conference off with a good breakfast and network building with SPIE Leadership. All early career professionals are invited to attend this informal event. Connect with the volunteer leadership of SPIE and your peers. A breakfast buffet will be provided, but please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.
SPIE Guest Hospitality Suite
Date: Monday - Thursday 7 - 10 August 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Guest Hospitality Suite
San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel Marina
Monday-Thursday, 7 to 10 August 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 to 10:00 am
Guests of attendees are invited to meet, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee and light breakfast in the SPIE Guest Hospitality Suite. This suite is for guests of attendees only. The hotel concierge will be available during a portion of this time to answer travel, shopping, and tourist questions.
Remembering Joe Yaver
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate the life of an extraordinary individual, Joe Yaver. Through the memories of his colleagues, friends and family we will reflect on his inspiration as a leader and his many contributions to SPIE.
Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us for a presentation made by our SPIE Gender Equity Task Force, highlighting ways in which we can improve gender equity and help keep women in the optics and photonics workplace.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on overcoming mid-career obstacles moderated by Ms. Katie Schwertz, Optical Research Engineer at Edmund Optics Inc. Panelists include: Dr. Julia Craven, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs; Dr. Eva Campo, Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).; Dr. Pernille Pedersen, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown Univ.; and Prof. Julie Bentley, Associate Professor at the Univ. of Rochester.

A networking reception will follow the panel discussion.

This event is open to all attendees.
All-Conference Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 7 August 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
All registered conference attendees are invited to relax, socialize, and enjoy refreshments with your colleagues. In addition, volunteers from the San Diego Astronomy Club will set up a variety of telescopes for those who want to view the wonders of the night sky, learn about different telescopes, and share their interest in astronomy. The reception and sky viewing are open to all registered conference attendees. Tickets for guests of registered conference attendees may be purchased during the registration process or at the registration desk onsite.
Student Chapter Exhibit Mixer
Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us for refreshments and a late-afternoon mixer in the Student Chapter section of the Exhibition Hall. Meet our amazing students and learn about the innovative activities of some of the best and brightest Student Chapters across the globe!
Career Lab
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us at the Career Lab, where students and Early Career Professionals will have a chance to meet and greet with industry professionals and accomplished academics. It is a space for asking questions and providing career advice. Don't forget to tour the Job Fair while you are there!

All attendees are welcome.
SPIE 2017 Annual Awards Banquet
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SPIE 2017 Annual Awards Banquet

SPIE honors the top minds in optics and photonics at its annual Awards Banquet. This event is designed to recognize individuals for the exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions they’ve made to the science of light. SPIE President and host for the evening, Glenn Boreman, invites you to come celebrate with us. Plan on an evening honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Purchase tickets when registering for the conference, or onsite at the SPIE Cashier Desk (before 12 noon Tuesday 8 August, space permitting). $60 USD includes drink, appetizer and dinner.
Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast Reception
Date: Thursday 10 August 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Join us at the end of the week to relax and learn. This networking event is a great time to connect and build relationships with others that are interested promoting diversity and inclusion. Light breakfast will be served. All are welcome.
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