Inclusion at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Learn about resources and events that support equitable and inclusive environments in astronomy

Lead by example

The astro-engineering community is unique. The collection of brilliant scientific minds leads other STEM fields in seeking more diversity. In fact, that diversity drives success on global collaborations.

There is work to be done and improvements to continue. Find resources and events here to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SPIE Community Lounge, Room 514

A speaker at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation advocates for inclusion

Advocacy at in-person events

All 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

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.

Lunch + Learn resources


Continual improvement; ongoing success

SPIE Women in Optics initiative began in 1998. Now 24 years later, there is still room to grow, but we are proud to have more than 3,500 female members.

Community Lounge welcomes you

This room will be the location for the daily workshops and community events related to building equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community, as well as afternoon meetups and additional networking events. Come to the SPIE Community Lounge and visit often!

A group of diverse attendees at a community event at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Learning about important topics

SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hosts regular live chats, highlighting issues within various underrepresented communities within optics and photonics.

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.

Recent progress is in our leadership structure

57% of the SPIE Board and 39% of Standing Committee roles are now filled by women.

Meet the organizers onsite at the Community Lounge


Pascale Hibon (she/her), Telescope System Scientist, ESO/VLT

Pascale Hibon (she/her)

Telescope System Scientist, ESO/VLT

Alison Peck (she/her), Program Director, NSF

Alison Peck (she/her)

Program Director, NSF

Ameerah McBride, Chief Diversity Officer, AURA

Ameerah McBride

Chief Diversity Officer, AURA

Danielle Rowland, Broadening Participation Programs Manager, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Danielle Rowland

Broadening Participation Programs Manager, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Alysha Shugart, Observations Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

Alysha Shugart

Observations Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Sandrine Thomas (she/her), Lead Workplace Culture Advocate, Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Sandrine Thomas (she/her)

Lead Workplace Culture Advocate, Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Lyndele von Schill (she/her), Director of Diversity & Inclusion, NRAO

Lyndele von Schill (she/her)

Director of Diversity & Inclusion, NRAO