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I’m very honored to have been nominated for the high office of IPS President Elect. The following short bio will give you more information about my background and summarise my motivation to serve as IPS President.
I have been working in the planetarium field for more than 27 years, first in Paris at Cité des sciences, then in Toulouse at Cité de l’espace since 1996. During this time I have performed different duties, as lecturer, production manager, and as development manager or theatre director. This variety of posts has given me an excellent overview of the various professional fields in the planetarium industry.
In the meantime, I joined IPS in 1994 and participated in its conferences, with the exception of 2006, most often as the representative of the French Speaking Planetarium Association. I formulated the Parisian bid for the 1998 conference that eventually took place in London. I have been a member of the Language Committee, working on a better communication between members. I was recognized as IPS fellow in Chicago in 2008. I also worked to have Cité de l’espace hosting the IPS Council Meeting in 2009, and this year in Baton Rouge I presented to the IPS Council the bid for the city of Toulouse to host the IPS 2016 conference.
Today, I’m very pleased to confirm to you my interest in serving the IPS as an elected officer, working to enhance the IPS’ mission and to further develop and enhance the IPS international network.
As a French member, I think I can support President Thomas Kraupe, and to encourage more European Planetarians from western and eastern Europe to become more involved in the IPS.
My home city of Toulouse is at the hub of a large and internationally important space and astronomy professional network, including observatories, space agencies such as the European Space Agency and CNES, the French national Space Agency, and the satellite manufacturers EADS Astrium. I think I could help to bring these European space and astronomy partners more close to IPS, and help to build bridges between international Planetarians and these professional organisations. The goal would be better international communication to IPS members about the European technical and scientific achievements, and thus making IPS more international.
Finally, I have strong professional links with ECSITE, the European network of Science Centers and Museums. I was a prime organiser of Cité de l’espace’s hosting of ECSITE’s annual conference in Toulouse in May 2012. If elected, my aim would be to build new bridges between this strong international science education network and our IPS community, developing new interests in planetarium education tools and helping to bring new members to IPS.
If IPS members give me their vote, I can assure you that I will do my job with passion, energy and in a real team spirit. The southwest of France well imbued with a strong community and team spirit, exemplified by the local rugby teams, who play with pride and professionalism. I would bring these values to the presidential post and would seek to boost the outstanding professionalism of the IPS Officers and the IPS Council Members.
I hope that these English words adequately represent my feeling and inspiration of serving better the International Planetarium Society.
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