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uncertainties if there are any. After all, there are many very well established and successful women in photonics!’


Camille-Sophie Bres (2016 winner)


Dr Camille-Sophie Bres is an associate professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering in the School of Engineering of EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. She was born in France in 1980, and in 2002 obtained her BEng in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


In 2007 she obtained her PhD degree


Francesca Calegari (special recognition 2015)


Dr Francesca Calegari is a professor of physics at the University of Hamburg and leads the Attosecond Science division at the German Electron Synchrotron (Desy). She was born in Milan, Italy, in 1981 and obtained her MSC degree in Physics from the University of Milan in 2005. In 2009, she obtained her PhD degree in


Physics from the Polytechnic University of Milan. She worked as a staff researcher at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Milan from December 2011 to August 2016. In 2017, she received the ICO prize and


the Ernst Abbe medal from the International Commission of Optics. She also received an ERC starting grant of €1.5m for the Starlight project – ‘Steering attosecond electron dynamics in biomolecules with UV/XUV light pulses’ (2015-2020). In 2018, she received the Zdenek Herman


Molec Young Scientist Prize. In addition, she has received the fellowship from the OSA in 2020.


In her opinion, this is the right moment in history. A lot of institutions are pushing women to get in the top positions. Her advice to other women wanting to pursue a career in photonics: ‘Push to get good results! Do a lot of networking.’


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in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, New Jersey, United States. From 2007 to 2011 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California San Diego, within the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In July 2011, she joined the Institute of Electrical Engineering at EPFL as a tenure track assistant professor and head of the Photonic Systems Laboratory, and was promoted to associate professor in 2019. Her research interests are centred on


leveraging and enhancing nonlinear optical processes in waveguides for ultrafast signal processing, light generation and sensing. Along with leading her research group, she is also passionate about teaching. She


“If you are passionate about making a career in photonics, the opportunities are there. So, try to put aside doubts or uncertainties”


teaches both undergraduate and graduate students educating future engineers and scientists.


In 2002 she received the Gordon Wu


Fellowship for her graduate studies, and the NSF Cians Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009. She was awarded an ERC starting Grant


Mattisse in 2012, ERC consolidator grant Pissarro in 2017 and ERC proof-of-concept grant Swip in 2019. In 2020 she became an OSA fellow member. As a woman in photonics, she believes


that this field is still dominated by men, and women face unconscious biases, and maybe even some conscious ones. Her advice for other women in the area


is: ‘If you are passionate about making a career in photonics, the opportunities are there. So, try to put aside doubts or


Ripalta (Patty) Stabile (special recognition 2016)


Dr Patty Stabile is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She received her MSc in electrical engineering from the Politecnico in Bari in 2004. In 2005 she joined the National Nanotechnology Laboratory in Lecce, where she received her PhD in Nanoscience in 2008.


She moved to the TU/e Cobra Research


Institute, where she was a postdoctoral researcher in 2009 and an assistant professor in 2014 within Electro-Optical Communication system group. Since 2011 she has been a visiting scientist at Cambridge University, within the Photonics Research group, and in 2018 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the Quantum Photonics group. She has been a board member of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter since 2016 and a member of the TU/e Young Academy of Engineering. She is the author and co-author of more than 150 papers in journals and prestigious conferences and involved in several EU projects (Passion, Twilight). She is an expert in Indium Phosphide large-scale photonic integrated switch matrices for next generation optical networks, and neuromorphic photonics. ‘Photonics requires passion and originality, and women are very much creative and passionate,’ said Stabile. ‘There are not yet many women in photonics, which sometimes makes it difficult to network and easier to isolate. Do believe in yourself and start conversations first: “Hello, may I introduce myself?” do this many, many, many times. It will eventually pay off!’ EO


The EOS Early Career Women in Photonics Award will be awarded in 2021 at the CLEO- Europe/EQEC Award Ceremony. www.europeanoptics.org/pages/distinctions/ awards/early-career-women.htm


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