Inclusion at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Learn about resources and events that support equitable and inclusive environments in optics and photonics

Lead by example

Welcome to the optics and photonics community. Because diversity drives success on global collaborations, this unity of brilliant scientific minds leads other STEM fields in seeking more diversity.

There is always work to be done and improvements that can be made. Find resources and events here to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Join us in the Meta Diversity Lounge
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F/G

A speaker at SPIE Optics + Photonics advocates for inclusion

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

Diversity tools and tips


Continual improvement; ongoing success

The 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.

The Meta Diversity 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 Meta Diversity Lounge and visit often!
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F/G

Bringing AR to event attendees

Check out the Meta Quest 2 or RayBan Stories AR demonstrations available onsite daily Sunday through Wednesday in the Meta Diversity Lounge in the Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F/G.

Family care while attending the meeting


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

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in person or virtually. See hotel details in the reservation system to find hotels that offer onsite childcare. 

Find information and apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant

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.