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Give Back - Volunteer

As a volunteer, we contribute much more while working together as an industry rather than working alone for just one company. Simin Cai, Go!Foton, USA, Member of the Board of Directors

Give back to your community and enhance your career.

Volunteering provides opportunities to make connections, learn about research in your field, develop new skills, and build our community. This page contains information on various volunteer opportunities. Additionally, take a moment to log in and update your profile to indicate your interest areas (visit the help center for any questions). 

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Awards &  Honors

Celebrate research, business, engineering, education, leadership and service accomplishments.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.

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Educational Outreach 

Explore educational activities, experiments and videos you can use in your community.  

Inspire tomorrow's scientists
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Meetings & Events

Organize a meeting, conference or event - or suggest a topic.

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Global Policy & Affairs 

Educate elected officials and policy decision makers.

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Serve as a reviewer for a journal.

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Student Chapters

Engage with student chapter activities.

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Technical Groups 

Organize events and activities for your technical group.

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Traveling Lecturer

Share your knowledge and experience.

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Find Your Community 

In addition to specific volunteer opportunities make sure you stay connected to the society and your community. 

  • Membership: Join to access these and more opportunities.
  • Students: Connect with optics and engineering students around the world.
  • Early Career Professionals: Grow professionally or make that leap from Academia to Industry. 
  • Optics Industry: Connect the people, research, and companies leading today's optics and photonics industry.
  • Local Sections: Connect with optics professionals in your area.
  • Social Media: Join the conversation on social media by connecting on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube pages. 


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