San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Social Networking Events
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
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.

This presentation will be followed by networking reception.

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.
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