FIP Outreach Events

The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) regularly organizes outreach events with the OSA/SPIE Duke Student Chapters (DOSC) to promote successful engagement with the local community and K-12 programs.



April 13, 2024 - Lasers, Lens, and Light - LLL Day & FIP Special Event for Duke Centennial
FIP  2024 symposium Duke Centennial
Photos from the event and a link for videos will be coming soon.

March 4, 2023 - Lasers, Lens, and Light - LLL Day
Leaders of LLL Day

Lasers, Lenses, and Light (LLL) Day is the latest version of a program DOSC has hosted. With the support of many Duke student volunteers, FIP, and other various sponsors, we have been able to host local middle school aged students and their families on campus for a day filled with photonics and fun. We preform a large variety of demonstrations, lab tours, and hands on learning experiences to help excite the next generation of scientists.

Volunteer at LLL Volunteer at LLL
Volunteer at LLL Volunteers at LLL

October 13, 2022 - Light Painting Photography Workshop open to Duke Community and General Public

WEBSITE for Light Painting & Photos:  https://sites.duke.edu/fiplightpainting/


PHOTONICS FIELD DAY canceled due to COVID-19.
May 2020

FIP/DOSC’s Photonics Field Day event is a community gathering held to celebrate the International Day of Light. The event aims to explore everyday technologies driven by light based innovations through photonics demonstrations, interactive games, and tours of Duke's photonics related facilities. The event will be suitable for those of all ages interested in light!

Photonics Field Day is generously supported by OSA, the Optical Society and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Platinum Sponsors




October 9, 2016 - Introduce a Girl to Photonics in with IEEE

Duke’s Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics held an open house celebration in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Introduce a Girl to Photonics week during the weekend of October 9, 2016. The community celebration had over 550 registered attendees eager to learn about photonics and light based technologies. Popular exhibits among the attendees were the light microscopes, 3D printing lab, holograms and the photo booth. More importantly, many of the demonstrations and exhibits were led by women that are engineers and scientists. According to representatives from the IEEE, the Duke “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” event was the largest in our country and perhaps internationally.


March 8, 2015 - International Year of Light - Duke Open House: Exploring Light Technolgies

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light to raise global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

Hundreds of adults and children joined Duke’s Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics for an Open House celebration that explored the fun and fascinating science and power of light!