In 2012, SPIE will be expanding its popular Student Chapter Leadership Workshop beyond its traditional home at Optics + Photonics in San Diego. Officers and prospective leaders from nearly 200 SPIE Student Chapters can also attend a leadership workshop in Brussels, Belgium, occurring the day before the SPIE Photonics Europe meeting starts in the same venue.
The Brussels venue is a good option to bring a larger number of European students together due to lower travel costs within the continent.
The European Student Chapter Leadership Workshop seeks to replicate the highly successful San Diego model which attracted more than 200 participants in 2011. Chapter officers typically split their time between sessions devoted to improving their team management skills and those focused specifically on chapter problem-solving. Moving the good ideas and advice gained at the Leadership Workshop out to the rest of the student community has always been a challenge, but in 2011, students produced a video series to capture this information.
The Brussels SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop will have a uniquely European flavor, thanks to input from a steering committee of officers in Europe and help from the local Vrije Universiteit Brussel student chapter.
The videos tackle topics like inter-chapter collaboration, recruiting under-graduate students, and motivating chapter members. To view this series visit spie.org/chaptervideo.
Also in 2011, a group of former chapter officers who have become post-docs, professors, engineers, project leaders, and entrepreneurs returned to act as mentors. Utilizing the expanding network of SPIE students and alumni has helped students make connections that they can't access through their local university setting.
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