Special Events

IEEE Photonics Conference offers a range of luncheons, professional development sessions, social networking and mentorship programs designed for both student and senior professionals. Such programs have been organized to provide an interactive learning environment for conference registrants.

Special Event Speakers

Nicolas Fontaine
Nokia Bell Labs

Stanley Ikpe
NASA Langley

Niamh Kavanagh 
Tyndall National Institute

René-Jean Essiambre
Nokia Bell Labs

Naresh Chand
Huawei Technologies

Sunday Showcase: Photonics in Texas

Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: La Vista A/B/C

This session showcases the various photonics activities in Texas, featuring presentations by local experts from academic and industry to discuss their research and vision.

This will be followed by a panel-based discussion on emerging opportunities and challenges of photonics research and development.

Panel Session: Getting Familiar with the Peer Review Process

Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019
Time: 15:30-17:30
Location: La Vista A/B/C

Have you ever wondered what constitutes a good review? This educational session provides a comprehensive coverage of paper review skills and the opportunity to network with our editors and top reviewers.

We aim to bring together editors, reviewers, early career researchers and students to discuss and learn the best practices in the peer review process.

Sunday Evening Social

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 18:00-20:00
Location: La Vista D/E

Join us for an evening social and networking event on Sunday, following the conference’s Peer Review Panel Session. Conference attendees, local IEEE members and collaborative partners are all encouraged to attend.

There will be stations/demos, each staffed with a researcher experienced in lab automation, ranging from simple remote control of optical instrumentation, data processing and photonic design simulations.

Sign up when registering for the conference.

Welcome Reception/Award's Banquet

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00
Location: Venue Villita

Join us as we gather together to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Society and its members and to find inspiration to carry on the vital work of photonics in the year that lies ahead.

Awards such as the following will also be presented:
– Aron Kressel Award: Luke J. Mawst, University of Wisconsin
– Engineering Achievement Award: Holger Schmidt, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Aaron Hawkins, Brigham Young University
– Quantum Electronics Award: Luigi Lugiato, University of Insurbia
– William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award; Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut
– Young Investigator Award; Junjie Yao, Duke University

Mentor Match Program

Program to take place over the course of the conference week.

This program is designed to help students and young professionals expand their professional networks while at the conference, gain personalized career insights, and receive guidance from senior professionals in photonics. Attendees can sign up to be either a mentor or mentee for the conference while registering.

Mentor Matches will be paired by technical interests and the matches will be communicated to attendees by IEEE staff before the conference start. Mentors and mentees will then be encouraged to connect, i.e. by email, prior to the conference, in order to establish plans to meet-up and connect at IPC 2019. Meet-up plans are up to the pairs’ discretion.

Special social programs will also be offered for those interested.

IEEE Member Lounge & Meetups

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 8:00-16:00
Room: Salon Pre-function & La Corona

IEEE members are welcome to visit the IEEE Member Lounge, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, all day Monday.

Come to the IEEE members lounge to relax, grab a snack and connect with peers. Members are welcome to bring a friend or companion who is interested in learning more about the Society!

Throughout the day, there will also be special meet-ups for the Society’s Young Professionals, Women in Photonics and STEM Outreach programs. Further details to be announced.

Photonics Pro Luncheon: Researchers Round-table

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 12:00-13:30
Room: The Stetson

This special professional development program, for IEEE Photonics Society members-only, is designed to connect students as well as young to mid-career professionals with top researchers and fellows.

In a fire-side chat style, researchers will speak on ‘hot topics’ in photonics and conduct direct Q&A in a welcoming, informal setting.

Members of the Society attending IPC 2019 will receive a direct invite by email to RSVP. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Student Chapter Leadership Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 12:00-13:30
Room: The Stetson

This forum will provide our student chapter leaders and outreach volunteers with an unique opportunity to exchange information and discuss areas of common interest or concern in the photonics community. Chapters’ best practices will be shared along with experiences, methods and strategies for chapter development.

An informative presentation on IEEE Photonics Society resources and tools designed for volunteers will also be given by IEEE staff, VP of Membership Rene Essiambre and AVP of Chapter Relations Naresh Chand.

All students and young professionals attending the conference are encouraged to attend! A special direct invite by email will go out to RSVP.

Lunch will be provided.

SYP Poster Session & Job Fair

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 18:00-20:00
Room: El Mirador B/C

A special Student & Young Professionals Job Fair will occur in conjunction with the conference Poster Session at IPC 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet potential employers, from academia, government and industry, and discuss possible career tracks within the conference’s photonics and optics topical areas.

The Student & Young Professionals Job Fair is targeted towards students and young professionals, i.e. up to 15 years post first degree, in the photonics and optics community. However, all conference attendees and local job seekers are welcome to participate.

Organizers suggest bringing copies of your professional resume/CV and to dress in professional attire. A networking reception with refreshments will occur during the event.