On November 2020, PRISMA, the Spanish Association for LGBTIQA+ people in Science, Technology, and Innovation, organized the first Conferencia PRISMA with support from the IEEE Photonics Society. The bilingual Spanish-English online event highlighted the achievements of queer people in knowledge-generating lines of work, offering a space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences and providing opportunities to create support networks. More than 200 attendees enjoyed the contributions of more than 40 presenters, split across talks, posters, and roundtable discussions. Among the highlights were the keynotes by the trans activist and physicist Dr. Juani Bermejo-Vega, who talked about “Transforming
Quantum Science,” and by the LGBTIQA+ sexual health activist and physician Dr. Maricela Valerio Minero, who presented her work on “The Phenomenon Chemsex: Social, Epidemiological and Public Health Perspectives.” The association also presented the 10 PRISMA measures for LGBTIQA+inclusion in research centers.
The IEEE Photonics Society’s Diversity Oversight Committee’s ‘Pride in Photonics’ initiative sponsored this conference, as it aligns with our Society’s commitment to showcase the contributions of LGBTQIA+ people in photonics, optics, physics and engineering. Much like the Society’s other social impact outreach initiatives, Pride in Photonics seeks to create a space for the community to openly share personal experiences, and increase acceptance of inclusion best-practices.
The Society fully supports the work of PRISMA and its volunteers as they create welcoming atmospheres for LGBTQIA+people to be their authentic selves with the aim of inspiring collaboration, open conversation, education, networking and technical dissemination in the company of allies.
To learn more about PRISMA, visit prismaciencia.org.