Inclusion at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Meet colleagues at the Community Lounge throughout the week to connect and collaborate

Welcome to the Community Lounge

The Community Lounge is a central resource for all participants to engage with the subjects of inclusion, belonging, equity, identity, and diversity. This space will offer education opportunities, as well as various social events focused on community building and support. Volunteers from different disciplines of the astronomy industry will facilitate lunch and learn sessions, engage in community events, and will be available throughout the week for conversations about EDI and community in astronomy.

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Strength in being together: Lunch + Learn events

Take advantage of being in person with your peers to learn together and achieve greater success. Join us for focused diversity and inclusion workshops and community meetups. More information to come when the program becomes available.

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More ways to connect in this space


Monday Lunch & Learn

17 June 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Women in Optics Meetup

17 June 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

Tuesday Lunch & Learn

18 June 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Wednesday Lunch & Learn

19 June 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Black in Photonics Meetup

19 June 3:00 PM4:00 PM

Thursday Lunch & Learn

20 June 12:00 PM1:00 PM

LGBTQ+ Meetup

20 June 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

Childare space and SPIE Family Care Grant


Use the designated Kid Zone in the Community Lounge for attendees who want to use it as a childcare space. Local childcare service can be arranged through JOYSUPPO (recommend using Google Chrome browser for language translation). To submit an inquiry for childcare services, complete the inquiry form.

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia. Apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant

Recent progress. Ongoing efforts. Continual improvement.


Women in Optics began in 1998, and its story is far from over.

  • 50% of the SPIE Board and 43.7% of Standing Committee roles are now filled by women
  • 17% of SPIE Senior Members and 12.2% of SPIE Fellows are female
  • In 2023, 22% of our Society Award recipients were women
  • You can help! Nominate yourself or other women for the Women in Optics notebook, SPIE Senior Members, SPIE Fellows, and SPIE Society Awards. Elevate women to leadership roles within the Society and feature them as event speakers. Together. We can.

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Advocacy and accommodations

All in-person SPIE meetings will now have:
o Quiet room (prayer, decompression, meditation)
o Privacy room for nursing mothers
o Gender neutral restrooms whenever possible
o Anti-harassment signage and policies co-sponsored with Optica

Learn about SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

SPIE believes in the development of collaborative environments that value participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, which 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. Find out more about what SPIE is doing.