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This page has a chronology of IPS news items starting mid-2016.


March 2017

Women of NASA become Women of LEGO! As the March issue of Planetarian was being printed, LEGO announced that Maia Weinstock's Women of NASA proposal through the LEGO Ideas initiative has been approved for production! Here's the official word from LEGO: You can learn more about the project on page 21 of the March 2017 issue.

February 2017

28 Feb: The Eclipse Megamovie Project is an opportunity from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) for planetarians to contribute to a citizen science project. ASP is looking for planetariums to participate in this initiative, asking for photographs of the upcoming August 21st total solar eclipse to build a movie of images from coast to coast and support solar science. The final movie will be freely available to planetariums and the general public. Participant team members receive training and submit a practice image before the eclipse and will be included in the credits of the final Eclipse Megamovie for qualifying submissions. To participate visit and sign up to take part. Photographers will need a DSLR camera with a telephoto or zoom lens with a focal length of 300mm, a stable tripod, and a way to identify GPS coordinates to the nearest second. For more information, contact Brian Kruse ( at ASP.

Position Statement on International Collaboration and Science Communication: The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the global association of planetarium professionals. The IPS’s members come from all over the world, including countries affected by the United States January 27th, 2017 executive order on visas and immigration. Please see the full position statement.

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Your feedback needed! President-Elect Mark SubbaRao is looking for feedback about the possibility of partnering with the International Space Station in the sharing of photography from space. Read more about the Windows on Earth project, and let us know what you want!

January 2017

IPS changed its by-laws Jan 7, 2017. See the Bylaws page for details.


December 2016

photo of Frank Florianphoto

IPS Welcomes two new Affiliate Representatives. Two new faces appear on the IPS Affiliates page. They are Frank Florian (left), representing the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), and Levent Gurdemir (right), the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP). Frank fills a position held capably for many years by Ian McLennan. Levent takes over for Rachel Thompson, who began duties as the IPS Executive Secretary at the beginning of this year.

Dave Weinrich

Announcing a new Ad Hoc Committee. Past President Joanne Young, as one of her final actions as president in 2016, has formed a new Ad Hoc Committee called Emerging Communities and has named Dave Weinrich, himself a past IPS president, as the chair. Dave has done considerable work in Ghana, working to establish a planetarium there, and plans to continue his outreach there. An emerging community, for the IPS, is one that is working in an economically challenged region on a mission to establish a planetarium.

Call for 2018 IPS Awards and Fellows Nominations

Bids for the IPS 2020 Conference:

  • Planetario de Bogota, Columbia
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science—Texas, USA

Details are in the December 2016 Planetarian; tell your affiliate representative which site you prefer

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See the final version of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

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