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IEEE Women in Photonics

Supporting the participation, engagement, and advancement of women in the photonics and optics community.

The IEEE Women in Photonics Initiative works in partnership with IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. Together, we hope to inspire the next generation of women in photonics, and support the development of educational materials, mentorship programs, and training resources for women. 

Professional Development Programs

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This program is designed to assist women and gender minorities who have left the photonics field due to life circumstances, a break from the workforce or academic research, a shift in career focus, and/or are in need of mentorship, professional resources, and training.

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The goal of this program is to coordinate events and activities worldwide to show young women and pre-university students how photonics impacts the world around them and inspire the next generation of Women in Photonics.


IEEE Women in Photonics Sessions

Check out our sessions featuring role models, essential skills learning, and training videos on a variety of technical and professional topics. 

More About the Women in Photonics Initiative

  • Increase the participation and engagement of women in the optics and photonics community.
  • Inspire and support the next generation of women in photonics.
  • Encourage gender balance within the Society’s boards and committees.
  • Create new volunteer opportunities for women within the Society.
  • Organize Women in Photonics events that promote inclusive networking.
  • Develop educational materials, mentorship programs and training resources for women.
  • Networking opportunities
  • Regional events
  • Access to educational resources and grants
  • Volunteer opportunities and leadership roles
  • Quarterly newsletter

Seeking Mentors & Volunteers

Interested in giving back? Members and photonics professionals are encouraged to share their career insights, and serve as role models.

Accelerating women in Science & tech

Attend this year’s IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference to learn about new opportunities and possibilities. 

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Learn more about the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists.