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IPS 2016 is in Warsaw, Poland, 19-25 June 2016.

Wanted: A Site for IPS 2018

Dear IPS Member:

I want to make you aware of an important issue regarding the status of the IPS 2018 Conference. The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah informed us that for reasons beyond their control, they must withdraw their bid to host the IPS 2018 Conference.

Of course, this is very sad news since they were the only bidder to host that conference. The good news is that we have the opportunity to open the bid process once again. In 2014 our conference was held in Asia and in 2016 we will be in Europe.

Where on our lovely blue planet shall we meet in 2018? The IPS Council is working on securing bids for a new conference site. Watch the website for further developments and information about potential sites. A decision will be made by IPS Council in August of this year. 

You can contact me directly for more information if you would like, at


All the best,

Joanne Young
IPS President 

What's new on this site:

The Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education is open for business!

The scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific journal is seeking manuscripts from education research scholars, planetarium educators, and public outreach professionals  across the broadly defined Earth and space science

Based in the United States and founded by an internationally-
recognized editorial advisory board, JAESE publishes refereed articles for an international audience in discipline-based education research on teaching and learning across a broad range of disciplines, including:
astronomy, climate science, geology, geography, energy resource science, environmental sciences, meteorology, oceanography, planetary sciences, and space sciences.

In addition to empirical, quantitative and qualitative science education research articles, JAESE publishes essays on innovative teaching strategies and systematically evaluated public outreach programs, using a blind, multiple-peer-review system. JAESE’s first issue is available at www., where you also can find detailed author submission guidelines.

Editor in chief is Timothy F. Slater at the University of Wyoming, United States. JAESE is published by the Clute Institute, based in Denver, Colorado.

The March 2015 Planetarian is now available in pdf format online. Go to the Planetarian online link on the Members Only tab to check it out.



"Sweet Sixteen” is fast approaching: Getting ready for IPS 2016
Cover Story: Visualizing the Data: How big data feeds a big movie
The Logic of SETI: 20 Years Later



2015 March 4: Hubble 25th Anniversary Fulldome Clips. As part of the Hubble 25th anniversary celebrations ESA/Hubble will release fourteen fulldome clips during 2015 on the 24th of each month. See also ESA Hubble Dome Video Archive

December 2015: Monsters of the Cosmos, the latest mashup from Symphony of Science. Created by John D. Boswell (a.k.a. melodysheep), in partnership with Mike Farr and Matthew Mascheri.


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From Joanne Young

International Planetarium Society, Inc.
c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer
Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA