San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
Student Events
Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open to SPIE Student Chapter members

Participate in the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop with 250 other student chapter leaders from around the world. During this highly interactive, all-day event facilitated by Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, you will discuss what being a leader is all about (and what it is not about), how to persuade others, and how to go from ideas to achievements for your chapter. Expect to gain new insights, make new friends, and overall spend a rich and enjoyable first day at the conference.

Jean-luc Doumont, Principiae

An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach and his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics. During his workshops, he uses trees, maps, theorems, and other tools featured in his book about “effective communication for rational minds.” He is also a popular visiting lecturer for SPIE and travels several times a year to speak to chapters around the world. For more information about Jean-luc, please visit
Lunch with the Experts - A Student Networking Event
Date: Monday 20 August 2018
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Open to Student Conference Attendees

Enjoy a casual meal with colleagues at this engaging networking opportunity. This event features experts willing to share their experience and wisdom on career paths in optics and photonics and an award presentation for SPIE scholarships and MKS Instruments Grant winners. Seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Student Chapter Bootcamp
Date: Monday 20 August 2018
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Open to all Student Members

Members of SPIE student chapters are invited to this informal session to review chapter benefits and chapter management strategies. Come learn what benefits are available, how to use them, and ask any questions you may have about running a chapter. Students interested in forming a student chapter are also welcome to attend.
Student Chapter Poster Exhibit
Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Exhibition Hours

Discover the research of some of the brightest SPIE student groups and the programs they have developed to increase optics awareness and literacy in their regions.
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