Diversity at SPIE Events

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.

Our next series of events will take place at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2020 in San Diego, California 23-27 August 2020. 

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

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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