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.

March 4, 2023 - Lasers, Lens, and Light - LLL Day
Lasers Lenses and Light outreach

Volunteers at LLL


Volunteer 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!