San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
11 - 15 August 2019
Social Networking Events
Optics Outreach Games
Date: Sunday 11 August 2019
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom E
Open to the public. Kids are welcome!

Check out optics and photonics demonstrations from student chapters worldwide while enjoying refreshments and networking in a casual atmosphere. Students, come hang out with peers while engaging in a friendly competition.

For demonstration videos from last year's Games, visit
Early Career Networking Breakfast
Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Mission Hills
Early career professionals in SPIE are invited to attend this informal networking breakfast. Connect with the volunteer leadership of SPIE and your peers for networking and mentoring discussion.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception
Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 6E
Open to all attendees.

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation and stay after to share your ideas with other community members during the reception. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini.

Improving Research Culture: How Photonics Benefits with the Full Spectrum of Scientists
This presentation will explore evidence-based approaches that look to challenge stereotypes for the benefit of science. From whole-school equality programs to mentoring and sponsorship, there are many ways to improve gender and social equity across all disciplines and in all job sectors.

Jess Wade is an excitable scientist at Imperial College London who studies chiral materials in photonic devices. Jess is also enthusiastic about equality and has been involved in several projects to improve diversity in science and encourage young people to study science and engineering.
All-Conference Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. West Terrace (Upper Level)
All registered conference attendees are invited to relax, socialize, and enjoy refreshments with your colleagues. In addition, volunteers from the San Diego Astronomy Club will set up a variety of telescopes for those who want to view the wonders of the night sky, learn about different telescopes, and share their interest in astronomy. The reception and sky viewing are open to all registered conference attendees. Tickets for guests of registered conference attendees may be purchased during the registration process or at the registration desk onsite.
Student Chapter Exhibit Mixer
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Hall
Join us for refreshments and a late-afternoon mixer in the Student Chapter section of the Exhibition Hall. Meet our amazing students and learn about the innovative activities of some of the best and brightest Student Chapters across the globe!
SPIE Career Lab Meetup
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Hall
Join members of the SPIE Career Lab Editorial Board for a networking event focused on brainstorming and developing ideas for discussion topics and interaction on the SPIE Career Lab Facebook group.
Friends of Bill W.
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Laguna
Join others for a self-organized Friends of Bill W. meeting at Optics + Photonics. Start off the week in a safe and supportive environment.
LGBTQ+ Social
Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, The Porch at Marina Kitchen
Open to those with a paid registration badge.

Come socialize and network with other LGBTQ and allies in the optics and photonics community.

The Porch at Marina Kitchen
Marriott Marquis
333 W Harbor Dr,
San Diego, CA 92101
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Mission Hills
Open to the public.

Bring your laptop and join us in editing Wikipedia pages about inspiring women, ethnic, or racial minority scientists.

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, with more than 32 million views a day. Unfortunately fewer than 18% of the English-language biographies are about women. The stats for ethnic and racial minorities are no better.

During the event, dedicated diversity activist and optical scientist, Jess Wade, will teach you how to edit Wikipedia pages. She has created over 500 for others! You will then have an opportunity to work together to research and write the biographies of scientists from under represented groups who inspire you. No previous experience is needed!

Create a Wikipedia account before you arrive to make the most out of your time with us! Tips on how to do so are here.

Do you have suggestions for pages to create? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter @WomenInOptics
SPIE 2019 Annual Awards Banquet
Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom E
SPIE honors the top minds in optics and photonics at its annual Awards Banquet. This event is designed to recognize individuals for the exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions they’ve made to the science of light. SPIE President and host for the evening, Jim Oschmann, invites you to come celebrate with us. Plan on an evening honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Purchase tickets when registering for the conference, or onsite at the SPIE Cashier Desk (before 12 noon Tuesday 13 August, space permitting). $65 USD includes entertainment, drink, appetizers, salad, dinner, and dessert.

Entertainment features Vince Ebert, Unique Science Comedian. He is by education, a physicist, with the uncanny ability to captivate both lay and scientific audiences with his wordplay and humor. Vince’s mission is to convey scientific contexts with the laws of humor. Click here to learn more about Vince Ebert.
Exhibition Ice Cream Social
Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Hall
Join the exhibition and celebrate with an ice cream.
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