16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan

Community at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Learn about resources and events that support equitable and inclusive environments in optics and photonics

Welcome to the community

Visit the Community Lounge onsite daily to attend networking events, meet with friends and colleagues or relax and recharge.

Plus, on this page, you will find a variety of resources available to you.

Attend diversity and inclusion talks throughout the conference program


Onsite childcare and SPIE Family Care Grant


JOYSUPPO Daycare Service will provide onsite childcare free for attendees 10:00-17:00 on Monday-Thursday, 17-20 June. Complete the application / consent form to reserve space. (Requests for additional childcare service can be submitted in the Notes section of the application form.)

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia. Apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant

Meet the organizers onsite at the Community Lounge


Ranpal Gill, Rubin Observatory

Ranpal Gill

Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Charlotte Guthery, Keck Observatory

Charlotte Guthery

Keck Observatory

Brialyn Onodera, National Solar Observatory (NSO)

Brialyn Onodera

National Solar Observatory (NSO)

Alison Peck (she/her), Program Director, NSF

Alison Peck

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Danielle Rowland, Broadening Participation Programs Manager, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Danielle Rowland

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Nour Skaf, University of California, Santa Cruz

Nour Skaf

University of California, Santa Cruz

Alysha Shugart, Observations Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

Alysha Shugart

Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Stacey Sueoka, National Solar Observatory (NSO)

Stacey Sueoka

National Solar Observatory (NSO)

Sandrine Thomas (she/her), Lead Workplace Culture Advocate, Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Sandrine Thomas

Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Recent progress. Ongoing efforts. Continual improvement.


Women in Optics—our story is far from over

  • 44% of the SPIE Board and 43% of Standing Committee roles are now filled by women
  • 14.2% of SPIE Senior Members and 12.2% of SPIE Fellows are female
  • In 2024, 38% of our Society Award recipients were women
  • You can help! Nominate yourself or others for the Women in Optics notebook, SPIE Senior Members, SPIE Fellows, and SPIE Society Awards. Elevate women to leadership roles within the Society and feature them as event speakers. Together. We can.

A group of women gathers in the Community Lounge

Advocacy and accommodations

All in-person SPIE meetings will now have:
o Quiet room (prayer, decompression, meditation)
o Privacy room for nursing mothers
o Gender neutral restrooms whenever possible
o Anti-harassment signage and policies co-sponsored with Optica

Learn about SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

SPIE believes in the development of collaborative environments that value participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, which ultimately have a positive impact on the science of light. Our programs reflect these core values. At our events, we aim to provide resources, guidance, and education to build a more inclusive optics and photonics experience for all our attendees. Find out more about what SPIE is doing.

Diversity tools and tips