SPIE advocacy and public policy

Explore and participate in our various advocacy programs

SPIE guides and influences decisions and attitudes within political, economic, professional, and educational institutions, in support of its Members as well as the optics and photonics industries and community.

National Photonics Initiative (NPI)

As one of the NPI's founding organizations, SPIE supports the group's work in bringing together experts from industry, academia, and government to assemble recommendations that will help guide US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields: advanced manufacturing, communications and IT, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.

SPIE Photonics Industry Summit

This one-day forum focuses on the optics and photonics industry as an essential enabler of emerging technology. The full-day program hosts U.S. government leaders discussing federal policy and funding important to the optics and photonics industry with an audience of more than 150 company representatives. Our collective goal in meeting is to raise the profile of the optics and photonics industry, while learning more about the priorities of the U.S. government in this technology space.

Advocacy programs