June Pride Month recognizes progress in inclusivity

Pride is now widely celebrated, yet the journey to an inclusive optics and photonics community is ongoing. At Optica, we work to support our community to ensure people feel safe, supported, and have access to the resources they need to grow and develop. Everyone in our community deserves to feel valued and included.

Added: 31 May 2023

Pride spotlight: five physicists from the LGBTQ+ community

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have long contributed efforts toward a brighter future. Celebrate Pride Month with us and learn about five members of the global physics community.

Added: 30 May 2023

The backbone of the Internet, submarine and terrestrial fibre communications in South Africa

The Witz Optics Student Chapter and the Stellenbosch Laser Student Chapter, with Google, the Optica Foundation, SPIE, the SubOptic Foundation, Infinera, and WIOCC, organised workshops to educate attendees on how submarine and terrestial fibre communication works and how these networks make cloud computing possible.

Added: 19 May 2023

NASA’s mission: exploring the universe and educating the next generation

At ETOP 2023, Dr. Margaret Dominguez inspired the audience with her background in the optical sciences and the impactful work of her team at NASA Goddard. She describes renewed interest in space exploration, particularly lunar exploration. From Florida’s Space Coast, humans will one day return to the moon. 

Added: 18 May 2023

Possible Through Light: perspectives from early-career professionals

As we commemorate the International Day of Light, we asked early career professionals their perspectives on this initiative and why they pursued a career in the optical sciences. 

Added: 12 May 2023

Possible Through Light: Nobel perspectives on the International Day of Light

The International Day of Light (IDL) is a global initiative highlighting the central role that light and light-based technologies play across science, culture, education, and sustainable development, in areas as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. As we look ahead to the next impactful year of light-based technologies, we asked Nobel Laureates for their thoughts on the...

Added: 11 May 2023

Optica Corporate Member Insights: Marvell's Mandisa Diggs on the Future of DE&I

Mandisa Diggs, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Marvell, discusses the importance of DE&I to the workplace of the future, the role of DE&I in leadership and three actions for technology leaders today.

Added: 27 Apr 2023

Ready, set - Publish your book!

Everyone has a story to tell, and many dreams of someday writing a book. That someday could be right now. Every book has its best path to publication, and there’s more than one way to publish.

Added: 24 Apr 2023

Taking action for a brighter future: Celebrating Earth Day 2023 with a community cleanup

Sustainability is the key to a brighter future. Every year, 22 April marks Earth Day to celebrate the modern environmentalist movement and mobilize people around the world to take decisive action on climate change. Want to support environmentalism too? Consider organizing or attending a community cleanup!

Added: 20 Apr 2023

Questions to ask at interviews part 3: Advice from experienced job hunters

In the final installment of their blog series, three Optica ambassadors share advice they've gathered from former PhD students and industry professionals to guide job seekers through the intimidating process of job hunting. 

Added: 20 Apr 2023

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