Diversity, equity and inclusion program at World of Photonics Congress 2023

Join us for a diversity, equity, and inclusion program at World of Photonics Congress. This program will span five days and include a range of activities, such as workshops, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and networking events.

These activities will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the photonics industry
  • Support for early-stage researchers
  • DiversiWiki session
  • Workshop exploring the concept of privilege.

The program will be open to all attendees of LASER World of PHOTONICS 2023 and will be run in collaboration with several organizations, including the European Optical Society (EOS), European Physical Society (EPS), Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik und Photonik e.V. (WLT), Optica( formerly OSA), IEEE Photonics Society, and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Overall, this diversity, equity, and inclusion program aims to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusivity within the photonics community and provide attendees with the tools and strategies they need to create a more welcoming and inclusive industry for all.

Harassment programs of the societies

Providing a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all attendees of LASER World of PHOTONICS 2023 is a priority for all of the organizations involved.

To report discrimination or harassment you have witnessed or experienced visit at this meeting please connect with your home association.

EPS

IEEE Photonics Society

Optica

SPIE

WLT

Report by emailing: info@wlt.de

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The Diversity program in detail - day by day

World of Photonics Diversity Breakfast

by all societies

Monday, June 26, 2023, 07:00–08:00
Foyer Room 1 | 1st Floor
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

DiversiWiki

by Optica (formerly OSA)

Monday, June 26, 2023, 10:00–15:00
Foyer Room 1 | 1st Floor
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited site in the world. Still, only 18% of the 1.6 million biographies in the English Wikipedia are about women and only 16% of those individuals are tagged as scientists. During this event, you will learn how to be a Wikipedia editor—or hone your skills if you already are one—as we edit, update or add articles on Wikipedia.

Trainers will be on hand throughout the day to provide guidance and assistance. To help get you started, we will have a list of people and pages we have identified that you can use to edit or create.

Join us when you can throughout the day to help: Improve Diversity—Having more editors focused on strengthening existing or creating new pages for the marginalized people in science. Visit the Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory to learn more about efforts to improve diversity on the site. Translate Pages—Wikipedia pages exist in multiple languages, but not all are equal. By translating existing pages where a page does not exist or includes less information, we can help the distribution of information on a global scale. Simple Wiki—This site is designed for children and adults learning English. By contributing to these pages, you can open the door to the world of optics and physics and inspire the next generation of scientists.

RSVP here for additional information on the program:

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Early-Stage Researcher Session - Poster Pitches I

by EOS and CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Monday, June 26, 2023, 12:00–13:00
Room 4a | Ground floor
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

The European Optical Society, in collaboration with the CLEO®/ Europe-EQEC co-organizers, will hold this Early-Stage Researcher Session, offering an opportunity for PhD students and Postdoctorate Students to hold a short pitch.

Co-chairs

  • Emiliano Descrovi, European Optical Society, EOS
  • Paolo Biagioni, Italian Society for Optics and Photonics, SIOF

CLEO®/Europe Plenary Talk

by CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Monday, June 26, 2023, 16:00–17:00
Room 1 | Ground floor | ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

From nonlinear optics to high-intensity laser physics

Abstract

In this talk, Strickland will discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics. The development of CPA and why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material will also be included.

Speaker

Prof. Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Career event with Donna Strickland for students

by CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Monday, June 26, 2023, 17:30–18:30
Room 4a | Ground floor | ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

Informal session with Donna Strickland to exchange about her career with PhD candidates and early career researchers, chaired by Rachel Grange and Crina Cojocaru.

Early Career Women in Photonics Award

By EOS

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 10:30–12:30
Room 1 | Ground floor
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München
during the EQEC plenary session and award celebration

Lunch and Learn: Beaded Privilege

by SPIE

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 12:30–13:30
Foyer | 1st floor (opposite room 14)
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

In this session, participants will be invited to think about privilege from a different point of view. When people are asked to think about their privilege, they might worry that they will be shamed for having privilege, or be made to feel guilty. Instead, this Lunch and Learn activity will focus on how we can use our privilege for good, once we gain an understanding of how privilege affects us all in various aspects of our lives.

Participants will learn to think about why it is important to be aware of their privilege, what insights this can give in connecting with others, and how it impacts holding themselves or others responsible for their actions. After completing the session, participants will have a visual and tactile aid to remind themselves of the privilege they have as it presents itself in different identity spaces. Upon recognizing our privilege, the next step is to use it to positively impact our scientific communities.

Facilitator: Jessica Wade, Imperial College London

Early-stage Researcher (ESR) Session—Poster Pitches II

by EOS and CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 12:00–13:00
Room 4a | Ground floor
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

The European Optical Society, in collaboration with the CLEO®/EuropeEQEC co-organizers, will hold this Early-stage Researcher Session, offering an opportunity for PhD students and Post-doctorate Students to hold a short pitch to introduce their upcoming poster presentation at the conference.

Co-chairs

  • Emiliano Descrovi, European Optical Society, EOS
  • Paolo Biagioni, Italian Society for Optics and Photonics, SIOF

Speed Networking

By WiSTEE Connect & Optica

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 14:00–16:00
Foyer | 1st floor (opposite room 14)
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE Connect) cordially invites you to attend a Speed Networking session. The event is hosted by Dr. Jie Qiao, Founder and Chair of WiSTEE Connect and associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jie will be joined by leaders in the community including Ursula Keller, Professor of Physics, ETH Zurich; Jannick Rolland, Professor of Optics, University of Rochester, USA; David Hagen, Professor and Dean of CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, The University of Florida; Inka Manek-Honniger, Professor, University of Bordeaux; Laura Gemini, Group Manager, Nanoscale Laser Processing at Alphanov, Bordeaux; and Clara Saraceno, Professor, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. The goal of the event is to expand women’s network and forge collaborative career advancement. Each person will get two-minute one-on-one time with at least six other people to establish new professional contacts.

Happy Hour

by Frauen Verbinden

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 16:30–18:00
Käfer Tagesbar, Ground floor, on the left side, West Entrance, Messe München

Career and Diversity lunch for early postdoc

by CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Thursday, June 29, 2023, 12:00–13:00
Foyer | 1st floor (opposite room 14)
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

You are a postdoc and look for the next steps in your career. You are facing challenges in your research that you want to share with your peers and more advanced researchers.

Panel members:

  • Francesca Calegari, Leading Scientist at DESY and Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Viola Vogler-Neuling, Postdoctoral Researcher at Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Arti Agrawal, Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Florian Emaury, CEO & Co-founder at Menhir Photonics, Switzerland

Career and Diversity lunch for PhD candidates

by CLEO®/Europe-EQEC co-organizers (European Physical Society, Optica, IEEE Photonics Society)

Friday, June 30, 2023, 12:00–13:00
Foyer | 1st floor (opposite room 14)
ICM – International Congress Center Messe München

Abstract

You are a PhD candidate and look for the next steps in your career. You are facing challenges in your research that you want to share with your peers and more advanced researchers.

Panel members:

  • Arti Agrawal, Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Clara Saraceno, Professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Robert Sewell, Tenured Scientist and Head of Academic Affairs, The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
  • Sergi Vizcaino, Strategy & Outreach Manager, LuxQuanta Technologies S.L, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain