Women in Optics


Gender ESSThe SPIE Gender Equity Task Force was formed to identify how the professional environment of the optics and photonics community can better enable equal opportunities, rewards, and recognition for its members, independent of gender.

Maria del Mar was one of the sixteen professionals interviewed for the 2017 edition. The survey is the largest of its kind in the optics and photonics community, receiving nearly 10,000 valid responses and representing 105 countries and a wide range of disciplines. The results of this study can be download at the following link.





Jornada Mujer 2017Science has a Women Name – La Ciencia tiene nombre de mujer

María del Mar Sánchez participated in the Organizing Committee of the Workshop “Science has a Women Name – La Ciencia tiene nombre de mujer”.  This workshop was organized at UMH in celebration of the International Day of the Women in Science, and it was held in March 10th 2017.

One of the speakers was Prof. María Josefa Yzuel.

The complete program can be downloaded here: La Ciencia tiene nombre de mujer.









Paper in Revista de Física describing the Women in Light Sciences and Light Technologies exhibition

A new paper entitled Investigadoras en la luz y en las tecnologías de la luz (Women in Light Sciences and Light Technologies) has been published in the Revista Española de Física (Spanish Journal of Physics). This paper describes the exhibition with the same name that was developed to commemorate the International Year of Light, describing the life and work of 12 women that made great contributions to the science of light. This paper was written by Maria del Mar and Pascuala, in collaboration with Ana J. López-Díaz, from Universidade da Coruña, and Augusto Beléndez, from Universidad de Alicante.



Mujeres en Ingeniería

María del Mar Sánchez participates at the II Workshop on Women in Engineering at University Rey Juan Carlos

On May 18th 2016, María del Mar Sánchez participated in the II Workshop on Women in Science & Engineering, held at the Politechnical School of Experimental Sciences & Technology, at University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Madrid.

Organized by Prof. Beatriz Romero, from URJC, this workshop is intended to encourage women to follow a career in science or engineering. María del Mar participated with the conference entitled “Women researchers in Light and in Light Technologies – Investigadoras en la luz y en las tecnologías de la luz”. A video describing the workshop and interviews with the participants can be viewed at: link


JBellPascuala Garcia and Maria del Mar Sanchez met Jocelyn Bell at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Valencia.

Dr. Bell, renown astrophysicist famous for the discovery of pulsars, was invited to Valencia to give a conference within the cycle of seminars of the Faculty of Physics. Dr. Bell was one of the women selected for the Exhibition Women in Light Science and Light Technology. This exhibition coordinated by Pascuala García, and with the participation of María del Mar Sánchez, has been developed by members of the Group of Women in Physics of RSEF –  Real Sociedad Española de Física, and from SEDOPTICA – Sociedad Española de Óptica.

The exhibition was inaugurated in September 2015 at the SEDOPTICA meeting XI Reunión Nacional de Óptica, held in Salamanca, and it has been exhibited at many different locations, including the University of Valencia, and the University Miguel Hernandez, where it can now be visited at the hall of the building Arenales, until April 11th, 2016.



2016 calendar on Women in Light Science and Light Technology

Coordinated by Pascuala Garcia and with the participation of Maria del Mar Sánchez, this calendar summarizes the Exhibition on Women in Light Science and Light Technology, developed with the support of SEDOPTICARSEF, and SPIE among others, in commemoration of the International Year of Light.

This exhibition promotes the visibility of 12 women who contributed significantly to the development of light science and technology. Each month is devoted to one of these famous researchers.

The calendar can be downloaded at: link



Maria Goeppert-Mayer IYL2015 postcard

Pascuala Garcia and María M. Sánchez-Lopez launch the IYL ‘Women in Light Science’ exhibition

Pascuala García (exhibition coordinator) and María del Mar Sánchez (member of the working group) participate in the composition of the exhibition “Mujeres Investigadoras en la Luz” (Women in Light Science), that was launched last September in the XI RNO in Salamanca. The exhibition can be downloaded at: link

Two of the objectives of the United Nations in the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Light are “to promote women’s empowerment in science” and “to promote education amongst young people”. Following both lines, the WOMEN IN PHYSICS GROUP of RSEF – Real Sociedad Española de Física, in collaboration with SEDOPTICA – the Spanish Optical Society, have composed an exhibition with the life aspects and scientific contribution of 12 women researchers who have contributed to fundamental discoveries in Optics and Photonics.

SPIE is also supporting it:  link.

A related video can be found at the International Year of Light webpage: link



Pascuala Garcia-MartinezPascuala García at the 2015 SPIE WiO Monthly Planner

She appears at the 2015 edition of the SPIE WiO – Women in Optics Monthly Planner. Link

She is involved in some women in science networks as the secretary of the Women in Physics specialized group of the Real Sociedad Española de Física (RSEF), member of the Commission for Equality Policies of the University of Valencia, and she leads the gender equality commission of the Faculty of Physics.

She also coordinates the regional node of AMIT (Asociación de Mujeres Investigadoras y Tecnólogas)


SLMMMaría del Mar Sánchez-López at the 2014 SPIE WiO Monthly Planner

She appears at the 2014 edition of the SPIE WiO – Women in Optics Monthly to foster Optics & Photonics careers among young female students. Link

She describes her daily work, how she got into science and offers some advice for young women interested in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics).





Jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017