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Diversity Programming at SPIE

EDI Live Chat Series


This series gathers active minds to address current world challenges around equity, diversity, and inclusion both in the optics and photonics community and broader society. Every month, attendees join an interactive virtual chat with subject matter experts. 

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SPIE Members enjoy free access to any of our previously recorded webinars listed below.
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Past Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Live Chats
• Racism in Science, Past and Present, with Angela Saini recorded 9 July 2020
• Overcoming Your Inner Critic to Advance Your Career, with Sabine Gedeon recorded 6 August 2020
• LGBTQ+ in Science and the New Frontiers of the 2020s, with Izzy Jayasinghe recorded 10 September 2020
• Dismantling Barriers for the Next Generation of Scientists, with Nabiha Saklayen recorded 8 October 2020
• Facilitating Inclusive and Engaging Meetings, with Marli Williams recorded 5 November 2020
• Using Neuroscience to Foster a Sense of Belonging in STEM, with Kaela Singleton recorded 3 December 2020
• Inclusive Communication, with Stephany Santos recorded 7 January 2021
• Fostering an Inclusive Academic Environment, with Rosario Porras-Aguilar
• Advancing Your Career Using the Switch, with Maryellen Giger
• Exploring Best Practices for Increasing EDI in Industry, with Meredith Sadoulet

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Events at the latest SPIE Conferences

Diversity Programs at SPIE Events

SPIE believes in the development of collaborative environments that value participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, that ultimately have a positive impact on the science of light. Our programs reflect these core values. At our events we aim to provide resources, guidance, and education to build a more inclusive optics and photonics experience for all our attendees.

Equality in Science at Photonics West 2020

Award-winning science journalist Angela Saini, the critically acclaimed author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and Superior: The Return of Race Science, presented the keynote at the SPIE Photonics West 2020 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion presentation and reception.

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Angela Saini at Photonics West 2020

EDI Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019

Different Voices = New Ideas

From a panel of experienced renewable-energy scientists to its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion keynote, SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019 highlighted the voices of women and other underrepresented groups.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with Activist Jess Wade

SPIE Member and digital activist Jess Wade of the Imperial College London led attendees in the Society’s first-ever Wikipedia Edit-a-thon sharing tips, suggestions, resources, and best practices of producing Wikipedia pages about scientists from underrepresented groups.

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Jess Wade at the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Women in Renewable Energy Participants

Women in Renewable Energy

On 12 August 2019 SPIE introduced a new conference, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), showcasing both the impact of women researchers and the key trends in renewable energy research developed and led by women.

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