Special Events

Meet the Most Researchers Challenge

Attendees can learn more about the “Meet the Most Researchers Challenge” in-person at the conference registration desk and materials pick-up. Ultimately, students and young professionals will be encouraged to seek out and make connections with key researchers attending SUM 2018. The top networkers will receive a prize(s).

“Mentoring Up” Sunday Evening Social

Date: Sunday, 8 July
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Room: King’s 1

To kick the IEEE Summer Topicals Conference off, join us for an evening social and networking event on Sunday, July 8th from 6:30PM-8:30PM. The theme of this event will be centered around “Mentoring Up” and tips for building effective mentoring relationships. Conference attendees, local IEEE members and collaborative partners are all encouraged to attend.

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Mentor Match Program

This program is designed to help students 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 or call, prior to the conference, in order to establish plans to meet-up and connect at SUM 2018. Meet-up plans are up to the pairs’ discretion.

Membership Monday: IEEE Member Lounge

Date: Monday, 9 July
Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Room: King’s 1

To celebrate our members, on Monday July 9th, IEEE and IEEE Photonics Society members attending the IEEE Summer Topicals Conference are welcome to visit the IEEE members-only lounge to sit down, relax, grab a snack and connect to the internet. While in the lounge acquire info on volunteer opportunities, chapter activities and Society programs, such Women in Photonics, Young Professionals, STEM Outreach, etc. Not a member? Learn more about how you can join the IEEE and/or the IEEE Photonics by stopping by the lounge.