We’re a volunteer-driven organization. We provide members with opportunities for professional growth and to create connections with peers with the same technical interests and for sharing collaboratively. Volunteering also allows students to get involved with new opportunities and develop technical, social, and academic skills that they may not learn in a classroom or lab environment.
You can get involved in many ways. As a society, we publish journals, organize conferences, and support local chapter and student activities globally—all overseen by volunteers. We have various councils and outreach programs also seeking volunteer participation.
Contribute to the research in your field by becoming an IEEE peer reviewer. Peer reviewers fulfill a vital role in the publishing process by giving detailed and professional commentary. IEEE publications match the topics covered in an article submission with potential peer reviewers who are experts in those topics. After identifying reviewers, the publication will send out invitations. Most invitations will include information about the article, such as the title and abstract, to help the reviewer decide if they should accept the invitation.
To review IEEE Photonics Society journal manuscripts you will need to create an account in the ScholarOne review system. Account creation and/or log-in can be found here. You will also need an ORCID account. For more information on ORCHID, click here, or email PhotonicsSociety@ieee.org for more information.
The IEEE Photonics Society has varying councils that help lead the Society’s products and outreach units, i.e. Membership & Outreach, Publications, Conferences and Professional & Technical Development. If you would like to volunteer for the Executive Office, please send a brief message with your areas of interest and expertise to Lauren Mecum, Senior Manager of Strategic Programs, at L.Mecum@ieee.org.
The IEEE Photonics Society has varying Strategic Committees that help lead the Society’s mission-driven objectives forward, i.e. Education, Diversity Oversight, Globalization, Industry Engagement, Standards, Young Professionals, and Professional Advancement.
If you would like to volunteer, please send a brief message with your areas of interest and expertise to Lauren Mecum, Senior Manager of Strategic Programs, at L.Mecum@ieee.org.
Lead or volunteer for a technical chapter. It is a great way to network, share your expertise, and nurture photonics development activities in your local community and region of the world. Click Here to connect with an established chapter or chapter leadership resources.
Within the IEEE Photonics Society most outreach programs require member involvement to facilitate the planning and execution of missions, projects, and events. Volunteering not only benefits the organization but is also boosts your career, altrustic contributions, and presence in the community. If you are interested in volunteering and contributing to membership development, diversity & inclusion, mentorship, professional development and/or humanitarianism, click here to complete our volunteer intake form to determine what roles fit your interests best.
Would you like to volunteer but don’t have a ton of time? There are short-term or intermittent volunteering opportunities available that make it easier for members to become actively involved or help when they are able to.
Volunteer for small things that make a big impact. There is a platform where IEEE members can search for volunteering opportunities, be it short- or long-term, local or remote, that require different skills. Click Here to learn more.
The IEEE Photonics Society Emerging Technologies Task Force is responsible for: identifying, describing, and nurturing new technology directions; recommending new programs that focus on leading technologies and frontline issues in photonics, and promoting technical activities in support of both academia and industry.
If emerging technologies topics and advancing hot topic in photonics forward interests you, visit the Emerging Technologies Task Force page to connect with the Chair and Task Force leads.
Do you have an in interest in content creation, social media, and design? The IEEE Photonics Society Marketing Task Force works closely with the Society’s Marketing Manager to increase the engagement and visibility of the Society’s products, services, and reach into the community for the benefit of humanity.
For more information, visit the Marketing Task Force page to connect with the Chair.
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