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SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.Photo credit: Christian Platz

Since 1998, SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.

  SPIE Women in Optics


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Gender Equity Taskforce

  • Read the results of SPIE's Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace survey developed by the taskforce to define and understand gender equality issues in the optics and photonics community.

  • SPIE member Katie Schwertz, a taskforce member, interviewed SPIE Senior Member Marisa Edmund to discuss policies and programs at Edmund Optics designed to support women in their workplace. Read the article, Optics businesses can promote gender equity for the January 2017 issue of SPIE Professional.


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Upcoming SPIE Women in Optics Events

 SPIE Optics + Photonics
Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
Monday 7 August 2017 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM
San Diego Convention Center | San Diego, California

Join us for a presentation made by our SPIE Gender Equity Task Force, highlighting ways in which we can improve gender equity and help keep women in the optics and photonics workplace.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on overcoming mid-career obstacles moderated by Ms. Katie Schwertz, Optical Research Engineer at Edmund Optics Inc.
Panelists include:

  • Dr. Julia Craven, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs
  • Dr. Eva Campo, Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Pernille Pedersen, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown Univ.
  • and Prof. Julie Bentley, Associate Professor at the Univ. of Rochester.

A networking reception will follow the panel discussion.
This event is open to all attendees.

Check out other past Women in Optics events here.

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