Our group is very aware and concerned about the gender equality in science and very active in promoting activities to show the role of women in science as well as participating in initiatives to empower and retain female talent in science.  

The Optics Group is committed to promoting gender and equality in the field of optics, photonics and sciences. We organize regular talks to share our insights and experiences on topics such as career development, mentoring, networking, and diversity. Our goal is to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all members of the physics community, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or background.

Some members have an active role in gender in physics through the Specialized Group of Women in Physics of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF) that is intended to increase the presence of women in physics, make their achievements visible and defend the interests and equal rights and opportunities of physicists. María J. Yzuel was one of the founders of this group. 

The main objective of Erasmus+: Diversity in the Cultures of Physics is the organization of summer schools for female students coursing the Physics degree, the Master’s degree or in the first years of a PhD Thesis. These summer schools aim to provide the necessary information and resources to encourage participating students to continue their academic careers, to later pursue a professional career in the field of science, and in particular physics. 

11F is intended to make visible the work of women who are dedicated to STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), thus creating female references for children who can contribute to the choice of these areas as professional careers. The female members of the optics group have participated in several workshops and talks for kids and teenagers during the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  

Prof. Verònica Ahufinger has participated in the Wisibilizalas project that seeks to combat gender stereotypes associated with science and technology careers, empower girls and promote female role models in STEM career.