Get Involved

The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is a valuable resource. The IEEE Photonics Society has a variety of leadership positions and volunteer opportunitites available within Membership, Outreach, Conferences and Publications designed to do just that.

Below is a list volunteer position examples. If you have an interest in volunteering, please send a brief message with your areas of interest and expertise to

Become a Journal Reviewer 

To review Photonics Society journal manuscripts you will need to create an account in the scholarone review system.  Account creation and/or log-in can be found here. You will also need an ORCID account.  For more informaiton on ORCHID, click here.

One you've created both accounts, follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID.  Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
  5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Ad Hoc Volunteer Projects

Looking to volunteer for a special project or on a short-term basis? Volunteer as an Ad-hoc Volunteer. If you would like to volunteer for a special assignment, please send a brief message with your areas of interest and expertise to

Voluteer for a Council

The IEEE Photonics Society has varying councils that help lead the Society's products and outreach units, i.e. Membership & Outreach, Publications, Conferences and Techincal Affairs. If you would like to volunteer for the Executive Office, please send a brief message with your areas of interest and expertise to Lauren Mecum, Community Outreach & Development Manager, at

Women in Photonics Volunteer

IEEE Photonic Society’s Women in Photonics initiative was created to promote activities that support the participation, engagement and advancement of women in the photonics and optics community. 

Pre-university Outreach Volunteer

The IEEE Photonics Society is encouraging its volunteers, chapters, educators, community partners, and affiliate universities or companies to participate by holding small events, hands-on activities or classroom presentations in their local communities. Activity examples: bring a child to work for the day; organize an event with an after-school program; and volunteer to give a presentation in an inclusive pre-university school classroom, i.e. elementary, middle school and high-school. 

To volunteer for an upcoming STEM Outreach campaign or classroom visit, email