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    Early Career Membership

    ECP benefits and resources

    Welcome to SPIE

    And congratulations on joining more than 21,000 of your peers who choose to make SPIE their professional resource.

    Since 1955, our Members have led the way in applied research, new applications, and moving technology to market. We are glad you are here - this is your resource, your Society.

    We are committed to our three pillars of engaging in lifelong learning, growing professionally, and building your network. Each of your benefits falls within these important categories.

    As an Early Career Professional Member, you can enjoy access to professional development resources, networking, leadership and recognition opportunities, and technical libraries and expertise. We look forward to following and assisting your progress, as well as to the contributions you will make to the Society and to the field. 

    Create or sign in to your SPIE account to access benefits and download your Membership card.

    Your Account

    Your Membership

    Your Early Career Membership provides access to important information, useful tools, and the opportunity to connect with a powerful network of colleagues. Take advantage of the opportunities that will benefit you the most.

    Grow professionally

    SPIE Career Center. Create a job-seeker account on the leading career website for optics and photonics professionals. Browse jobs listed by premier companies and connect with employers.

    SPIE career-focused events. Occurring virtually and at SPIE conferences, these multi-day events feature networking opportunities, workshops, and a job fair. We also host a regular Career Advancement webinar series.

    The Startup Challenge. The SPIE Startup Challenge is a chance for leaders of new optics and photonics companies to shine a light on their innovation, hard work, and ingenuity. 

    Career Hub. Find resources, tools, and funding opportunities.

    Articles and books that offer best practices and sound advice for building your presentation and communication skills. And be sure to read the 'Bandwidth' section of your monthly issue of Photonics Focus with articles written to help grow your career. 

    Connect with the right people

    Network at events and digital forums, see the latest research and meet your next collaborators. Members enjoy reduced registration fees at approximately 25 annual technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific — including Photonics West.

    SPIE Profiles received 450,000 page views last year and rank high in Google searches. Update, enhance, and control the information in your profile through your SPIE account.

    Gain recognition for your work

    SPIE Awards Program is the most prestigious way the Society recognizes excellence, honoring the best in optics and photonics for their significant achievements and contributions in advancing the science of light.

    Senior Members are Members of distinction honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers.

    Fellows are Members honored for their technical achievement and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular.

    Get involved with the Society

    Join an SPIE Committee and develop strategic policy for the Society, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The collective talents of our Members make SPIE a powerful force in the scientific community.

    Advocacy allows you to become informed about public policy issues in the science community, get involved in the legislative process, and help shape US technology policy. Volunteer to make congressional visits, be part of export control working groups, or work with the National Photonics Initiative.

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