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SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.Photo credit: Christian Platz

Since 1998, SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.

  SPIE Women in Optics


Gender Equity Taskforce

  • NEW! The latest report from the Gender Equity Task Force, Gender Equity in the Optics and Photonics Workplace, is now available. The updated report shares key findings from both our 2016 and 2017 Global Salary Surveys as well as stories from optics and photonics professionals at various stages in their careers. 

  • Read the results of SPIE's 2016 Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace survey developed by the task force to define and understand gender equality issues in the optics and photonics community. 

  • SPIE member Katie Schwertz, a task force member, interviewed SPIE Senior Member Marisa Edmund to discuss policies and programs at Edmund Optics designed to support women in their workplace. Read the article, Optics businesses can promote gender equity for the January 2017 issue of SPIE Professional.


Women in Optics Planner

  • SPIE compiles and publishes a twelve-month calendar planner that is distributed free of charge in more than 25 countries to 5,000 recipients. Email pascale@spie.org for calendar requests.

  • There are sponsorship opportunities available to those interested in helping SPIE recognize outstanding women in optical engineering. Email mega@spie.org for more information.


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  • Subscribe to the SPIE Women in Optics updates and newsletter to stay informed about this community's activities.



Recent SPIE Women in Optics Events

 SPIE Optics + Photonics
Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
Monday 7 August 2017 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM
San Diego Convention Center | San Diego, California

A presentation made by our SPIE Gender Equity Task Force, highlighted ways in which we can improve gender equity and help keep women in the optics and photonics workplace.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on overcoming mid-career obstacles moderated by Ms. Katie Schwertz, Optical Research Engineer at Edmund Optics Inc.
Panelists included:

  • Dr. Julia Craven, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs
  • Dr. Eva Campo, Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Pernille Pedersen, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown Univ.
  • and Prof. Julie Bentley, Associate Professor at the Univ. of Rochester.

A networking reception followed the panel discussion.
This event was open to all attendees.

Check out other past Women in Optics events here.

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