The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Social Networking Events
SPIE Career Lab Meetup
Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Open to SPIE Career Lab members who have a paid registration badge.
No advance registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.


The SPIE Career Lab is a community for people connected to optics & photonics to help each other with professional advice, questions, and opportunities. Members of this community are invited to this special onsite meetup to network and prepare for an exciting week at the conference.
SPIE Summit Kickoff Breakfast
Date: Monday 3 February 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Open to those with a paid registration badge.
No advance registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Start your conference day off with a tasty breakfast and an informal networking opportunity. This is a chance to get to know your peers as well as connect with volunteer leadership of SPIE while discussing table topics on areas that interest you. Table topics and discussion leaders will be listed at a later time.

Early Career Professionals and students are encouraged to attend!
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception
Date: Monday 3 February 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Open to those with a paid registration badge.

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation and stay after to discuss topics with your colleagues during the reception.

Gender, Race, and Power
Drawing from her two most recent books, Angela explores the ways in which bias and prejudice are perpetuated in science, and the historical backdrop to today's inequality.


<a href="https://www.angelasaini.co.uk">Angela Saini</a> is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She regularly presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and Wired. Her latest book is Superior: the Return of Race Science. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and has been translated into eleven languages. Angela has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Photonics West Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 3 February 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Yerba Buena Ballroom (Lower B2 Level)
Blast from the Past!

Enjoy delicious San Francisco-inspired cuisine and celebrate the outstanding and visionary accomplishments of the past that inspired the present day and future applications of optics and photonics. Enjoy some fun and nostalgia!

All paid conference attendees are welcome. Please wear your conference badge.
SPIE Summit Networking Social
Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Open to participants of the SPIE Career Development Summit. Participants will receive a ribbon during workshops at the Summit. Please wear this ribbon for entry into the networking social.

Come grab a drink and meet others from the SPIE Career Development Summit in a relaxed atmosphere. Upon entry, you will be asked to identify your special interest area on a sticker and will be given a networking card with a unique question on it. Your job is to ask this question to someone you haven't met before. Every five minutes, a tone will sound and you will switch cards with the person with whom you are speaking and move on to find a new contact and begin a new discussion with your new question. At 6 pm, the speed-networking segment will end and you are invited to continue discussions with the people you found most interesting. Prepare your business cards and elevator pitch!
LGBTQ+ Social
Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Tabletop Taphouse, The Lounge
Open to those with a paid registration badge.

Come socialize and network with other LGBTQ and allies in the optics and photonics community.

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