Women’s Leadership in Science and Technology

To promote personal and professional growth for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) this special networking event will be arranged as part of the ECOC 2017 conference.

Two top female leaders are invited and will give talks to share their personal successful experience with the participants, which can hopefully inspire/encourage young female professionals and PhD students to be as future leaders in STEM areas.

A panel discussion will be then followed for interaction between the speakers and audience while enjoying a light lunch.

The event will be held 12:00-13:30 on September 19 as part of the ECOC 2017 conference, registration is free of charge to all attendees of the conference. The event is organised by RISE Acreo, IEEE Photonics Sweden Chapter and IEEE Photonics Society as part of the IEEE Women in Photonics/Engineering (WIP/WIE) initiatives. The number of participants is limited to 120, first come, first served.


The speakers:

Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Pia has switched between research and the business sectors, and that’s something she enjoys. Her aim for RISE is to focus on both coordination synergies and develop new services that benefit customers and society.

Anna Rathsman, Vice President & CTO, Technology & Innovation, Swedish Space Corporation (SSC). Her role as Chief Technical Officer is to provide the technical vision, support the business development, sets the tone and guides direction for the company’s development and deployment of core technologies.



Qin Wang, RISE Acreo
Lauren Mecum, IEEE Photonics Society
Patryk Urban, IEEE Photonics Sweden


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 12:00 to 13:30
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