Review by Elsevier Foundation on "Get ahead with Optics" 2012

In Tunisia, optics workshops help women pursue emerging field

In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Elsevier Foundation supports an optics summer school for young women scientists
Over the past decade, optical technologies have become an indispensable part of daily life: fiber optics for telecoms, optical methods for medical imaging and cancer research, and optical parts in cars and computer screens are at the core of the world’s technical infrastructure. The need for more experts in this discipline — along with the desire to encourage more women to pursue careers in science and engineering in a region disrupted by violent protests from the Arab Spring — inspired two universities to organize a summer school program for young female scientists: Get ahead with optics. Read full story and watch the video.