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Enjoy real conversations and make important connections in person. Take the opportunity to discuss optics and photonics with other professionals from around the world.

Below, browse the social and networking events taking place at the 2022 event.

Photonics West networking opportunities
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23 January 2022 • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM PST | Moscone West, Membership Info Booth (Level 1) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Join us to gather informally and get to know each other. We'll walk through some the week's highlights, answer any questions you have, and celebrate being together!
23 January 2022 • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST | Moscone West, Membership Info Booth (Level 1) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Join us to gather informally and get to know each other. We'll walk through some the week's highlights, answer any questions you have, and celebrate being together!
23 January 2022 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM PST | Moscone North/South, Exhibition Level 
Open to all attendees. Come network and socialize with exhibitors!
23 January 2022 • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST | Moscone West, Career Hub (Level 1) 
Come meet your fellow SPIE Career Lab Facebook Group members in real life and celebrate the return to Photonics West!
23 January 2022 • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST | InterContinental Hotel, By Invitation Only 
This reception is for all volunteers who serve as Editors for the Journal of Biomedical Optics or Neurophotonics. Please join us!
24 January 2022 • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM PST | Moscone West, Membership Info Booth (Level 1) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Join us to gather informally and get to know each other. We'll walk through some the week's highlights, answer any questions you have, and celebrate being together!
24 January 2022 • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST | Moscone West, Membership Info Booth (Level 1) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Join us to gather informally and get to know each other. We'll walk through some the week's highlights, answer any questions you have, and celebrate being together!
24 January 2022 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST | Moscone West, Lobby (Level 3) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Please join us for light appetizers and beverages as we gather informally and get to know each other. We're happy to answer questions and celebrate having you in San Francisco!
24 January 2022 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST | Moscone West, Lobby (Level 3) 
SPIE Student and Early Career Professional Member social and speed-networking extravaganza!
24 January 2022 • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PST | InterContinental Hotel, Fremont (5th Floor) 
Join us at a reception for women executives in the optics, photonics, and photonics-enabled community. Build your professional network, share experiences, and learn from each other.
24 January 2022 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST | Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Ballroom (Lower Level) 
Don't miss our Welcome Back Reception and celebrate being together again.
25 January 2022 • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM PST | Moscone West, Membership Info Booth (Level 1) 
Is this your first time to SPIE Photonics West? We’d love to meet you! Join us to gather informally and get to know each other. We'll walk through some the week's highlights, answer any questions you have, and celebrate being together!
25 January 2022 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST | Moscone West, Career Hub (Level 1) 
Come meet your fellow Student Chapter Members from all over the world! Make new friends and play some games to expand your network.
25 January 2022 • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST | Moscone North/South, Hall D (Exhibit Level) 
Sample specialty whiskeys while chatting with colleagues at SPIE Booth #3374. Co-sponsored by optics.org.
25 January 2022 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST | Moscone North/South, North Lower Lobby (Exhibit Level) 
25 January 2022 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST | Moscone West, Lobby, adjacent to Job Fair 
A casual mixer to chat with recruiters from the Job Fair and other industry and academia professionals about careers in the optics industry. Sponsored by Thorlabs
25 January 2022 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST | InterContinental Hotel, By Invitation Only 
This reception is for all volunteers who serve as Editors for SPIE journals Optical Engineering, Advanced Photonics, JEI, JNP, JPE, or JOM.
25 January 2022 • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST | Moscone West, Career Hub (Level 1) 
Come join us and socialize and network with other LGBTQ+ attendees, students, scientists, and allies in the optics and photonics community.
26 January 2022 • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST | Moscone North/South, Hall D (Exhibit Level) 
Sample specialty whiskeys while chatting with colleagues at SPIE Booth #3374. Co-sponsored by optics.org.
26 January 2022 • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PST | Moscone West, Career Hub (Level 1) 
Join us for a Black in Photonics informal meetup at SPIE Photonics West.
27 January 2022 • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST | Moscone North/South, Hall D (Exhibit Level) 
Sample specialty whiskeys while chatting with colleagues at SPIE Booth #3374. Co-sponsored by optics.org.
27 January 2022 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM PST | Moscone North/South, Exhibition Level 
Open to all attendees. Come network and socialize with exhibitors!