Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

The annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics grew again this year with over 210 student chapter leaders from 40 different countries. Students benefited from the energy and excitement of a full room but also were able to receive small group discussion facilitated by 25 Early Career Professionals and student chapter leadership workshop alumni volunteer facilitators.

The lead facilitator was popular SPIE Visiting Lecturer, Jean-luc Doumont. An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds.” His presentations on leadership and how to communicate across cultures were both informative and entertaining, giving student chapter leaders new ideas about how to work effectively in their student chapters. Group discussions in the afternoon worked on going from ideas to achievements, applying newly learned leadership skills to solving common student chapter problems.

The workshop continued on Sunday with a career panel discussion featuring Early Career Professionals and a professional development workshop series from professionals, Michael Larson, Jean-luc Doumont, David Andrews and Dianna Cowern. The topics included, running your own company, working effectively on your PhD, scientific publishing, and science communication. Other popular student events were held throughout the week including, the Optics Outreach Games, Student Lunch with the Experts, Student Chapter Exhibit, and the Getting Hired Panel.

For a more detailed schedule of the Leadership Workshop, other student activities, and photos of the volunteer facilitators check out the SCLW 2014 program.  

We will be back in San Diego next year for SPIE Optics + Photonics, 8-13 August 2015! Questions? Contact SPIE Student Services at