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SPIE community at Photonics West

Meet colleagues at the Moscone West Community Park throughout the week to reconnect and expand your network

Welcome to the community

While at SPIE Photonics West, join us in the the Moscone West Community Park—a place for everyone. You can attend networking and professional development events, learn how diversity drives success on global collaborations—or just relax and recharge between sessions.

Moscone West Community Park
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Artful tree with many colors in the background, representing the diversity of our community

How do you connect? Choose your community experience.


Don't miss a single opportunity to connect and grow


Several females sit at a table discussing technology at Photonics West
A group of males and females discuss professional development at Photonics West

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

Recent progress. More room for improvement.


SPIE Women in Optics initiative began in 1998

  • We are proud to now have more than 3,500 female members
  • 57% of the SPIE Board and 39% of Standing Committee roles are now filled by women
  • 12% of our Senior Members are women
  • In 2022 18% of our Society Award winners were women
  • What can you do? Help change the numbers by nominating yourself or others: Women in Optics Planner, SPIE Senior Member, and SPIE Awards.

Together. We can.

A group gathers in the Moscone West Community Park at Photonics West

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.

Diversity tools and tips