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2013

13-17 February. IMERSA Summit 2013. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado, USA. www.imersa.org

17 March. International Day of Planetaria. www.dayofplanetaria.org

18-21 March. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2013 Film Expo and Digital Symposium, Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas, USA. www.giantscreencinema.com

23 March. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Michigan State Meeting open to all planetarians, Abrams Planetarium, East Lansing, USA. Contact: John French - frenchj@msu.edu

13-14 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXVIII National Conference, Italy, and 3rd Full-Dome Italian Festival. During the conference Skype session for planetarians from other countries. www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

22-23 April. The Australasian Planetarium Society (APS), Meeting 2013. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Australia. http://apsplanetarium.com/

26-27 April. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Wisconsin/Minnesota State Meeting open to all planetarians, University of Minnesota - Moorhead Planetarium, Moorhead, USA. Contact: Dave Weinrich - dave.l.weinrich@gmail.com

27 April. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Illinois State Meeting open to all planetarians, ISU Planetarium, Normal, USA. Contact: Tom Willmitch - trwillm@ilstu.edu

27 April. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Indiana State Meeting open to all planetarians, Ball State Planetarium, Muncie, USA. Contact: Ron Kaitchuck - rkaitchu@bsu.edu

27 April. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Ohio State Meeting open to all planetarians, Boonshoft Museum Planetarium, Dayton, USA. Contacts: Cheri Adams (cadams@boonshoftmuseum.org) and Scott Oldfield (Scott.Oldfield@vbcsd.com)

27 April. Earth Day at Spitz Inc., including lecture by Earth2Ocean's President Dr. Ellen Prager, The Layered Earth Dome software and curriculum, digital planetarium demonstrations. Noon to 4:30 at Spitz in Chadds Ford, PA, USA. RSVP to this free event to jtowne@spitzinc.com by 19 April.

May. Canadian Association of Science Centres, 11th Annual Conference. http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm; Contact: ian@ianmclennan.com

3-5 May. IFF’13, Immersive Film Festival, Third edition, Centro Multimeios, Espinho, Portugal. Organization Navegar Foundation. http://iff.multimeios.pt/

4 - 6 May. GDP 2013, Annual meeting of German speaking planetaria, Planetarium Klagenfurt, Austria. www.gdp-planetarium.org www.planetarium-klagenfurt.at

9-12 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, St. Michel l’Observatoire, France. www.aplf-planetariums.org

10 May. Annular solar eclipse (n Australia, Solomon is, c Pacific).

19-22 May. American Alliance of Museum (AAM), Annual Meeting & Museum Expo, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. www.aam-us.org

30 May – 1st June. 7th FullDome Festival in the Jena Zeiss-Planetarium. Jena, Germany. Contact: Schorcht Volkmar, schorcht@zeiss.de www.fulldome-festival.de

6-8 June. “Dreams, the spirit of innovation”, ECSITE Annual Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), Universeum, Gothenburg, Sweden, www.ecsite.net

24-28 June. 8th World Conference of Science Journalist (WCSJ), Helsinki, Finland. www.wcsj2013.org

25-29 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), Annual conference, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. www.sepadomes.org

17-20 July. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS), Annual Conference. Ausherman Planetarium, Earth and Space Science Laboratory, Frederick County Public
Schools in Frederick, Maryland, USA. www.mapsplanetarium.org

20-24 July. Annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Jose, California, USA. Contact: Andrew Fraknoi, fraknoiandrew@fhda.edu www.astrosociety.org

29 July – 2 August. Spitz Summer Institute, Spitz, Inc. Chadds Ford (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, USA. Annual event focusing on planetarium education. Includes instruction in Starry Night software, curriculum and live lessons, teaching with SciDome digital planetariums. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions. www.spitzinc.com/institute. Contact: jtowne@spitzinc.com

31 July – 2 August. Digistar Users Group Conference, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA. http://departments.colgate.edu/vislab/dug2013.asp

9-10 August. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Bolzano, Italy.

13-16 August. Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS), Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, USA. http://LIPSymposium.org

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a French Speaking Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with APLF. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

5-7 September. Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival (IFFF2013), Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo, Hawaii, USA. The festival will feature 25-30 full length full dome programs in 2D and stereoscopic 3D. http://www.imiloahawaii.org/168/ifff

6-8 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Biennial Conference, AHHAA Science Center, Tartu, Estonia. Conference language English.
Contact: Margus Aru, margus.aru@ahhaa.ee

14-17 September. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), International Conference & Trade Show, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. www.giantscreencinema.com

15 September. Deadline for the applicants of "A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

18-20 September. Western Alliance Conference (Pacific Planetarium Association, Southwestern Association of Planetariums, Great Plains Planetarium Association and Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association), Science City and Gottlieb Planetarium, Kansas City, MO, USA. Contact: jdunn1@unl.edu http://www.wacdomes.org/2013/WAC2013.html

22-26 September. XVIII Meeting of the Association of Brazilian Planetarium (ABP), Johannes Kepler Planetarium, SABINA Science Center, Santo André, São Paulo State, Brazil. www.planetarios.org.br Contact: contato@planetarios.org.br

27-28 September. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), 2013 annual meeting, International Centre for Life (Newcastle-on-Tyne), United Kingdom. http//bapconference.org.uk/ Contact: Dr Jenny Shipway, president@planetaria.org.uk

14-18 October. Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013 (CAP 2013), Challenges in Communication of Astronomy and Space Exploration, Warsaw, Poland.
http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2013/index.html

16-19 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), GLPA Conference, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, USA. Contact: Sheldon Schafer, sschafer@lakeview-museum.org . www.glpaweb.org
Presentations at GLPA meeting will be streamed and video-taped. Those interested should go to the GLPA website to initiate streaming with their browsers. The GLPA website also will allow access to video clips.

19-22 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Explora, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. www.astc.org

21-23 October. The First Russian Full-Dome Festival.Yaroslavl, the Tereshkova Cultural and Education Center . Contact: en_tihomirova@mail.ru; almp@post.ru; http://www.yarplaneta.ru/

3 November. Hybrid solar eclipse (Atlantic, c Africa).

11 December. The Stratoscript Compendium Ring 2013, a scripting competition open to everybody by LSS-Planetarium. Contact: lionel.ruiz@live.fr

 


2012

3-5 February. 3rd IMERSA Fulldome Summit, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado, USA. Contact: Dan Neafus, dan.neafus@dmns.org

18 March. International Day of Planetaria. www.dayofplanetaria.org

March 20-21. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2012 European Film Expo Co-hosted by Euromax, Parc du Futuroscope, Poitiers, France.

March 22. Dome Day, La Géode, Paris, France. www.giantscreencinema.com

23-25 March. International seminar “60th anniversary of Kiev Planetarium”, Kiev Planetarium, Ukraine. Mail: kyivpla60@ukr.net; www.planet.org.ua

31 March. Deadline for application for scholarship funds (IPS support Baton Rouge Conference attendance by individuals). www.ips-planetarium.org

14-15 April. Brembate di Sopra, Bergamo, Italy. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXVII National Conference, Italy, and 2nd Full-Dome Italian Festival. During the conference Skype session for planetarians from other countries. www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

18-20 April, “Quality, Honesty and Beauty in science and technology communication”, PCST – International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, XII issue, Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.

3-5 May. Canadian Association of Science Centres, 10th Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm; Contact: ian@ianmclennan.com

5-7 May. ADP 2012, Annual meeting of German speaking planetaria, Planetarium Wolfsburg, Germany www.planetarium-wolfsburg.de

8-12 May: 6th FullDome Festival in the Jena Zeiss-Planetarium. Jena, Germany. The 6th FullDome Festival again will show full-length feature shows, lots of student works and clips of independent and professional producers. The main topic of the Festival will be "Dissolving Space" - How to use fulldome content to make the dome invisible. An international jury will present FullDome Awards for the best entries. Contact: Schorcht Volkmar, schorcht@zeiss.de

17-20 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Planétarium de Bretagne, Pleumeur-Bodou, France, France. www.aplf-planetariums.org

20 May. Annular solar eclipse (China, Japan, Pacific, w U.S).

31 May – 2 June. ECSITE Annual Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France www.ecsite.net

5-6 June. Transit of Venus.

11-15 July. ESOF 2012, Euroscience Open Forum, Dublin city of science 2012, www.dublinscience2012.ie

21-22 July. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), 2012 conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. www.sepadomes.org

21-22 June. Tecnoplanetario 2012, Spanish and Portugal Planetarium Meeting, Parc Astronòmic Montsec, Àger, Lleida, Spain. Contact: info@parcastronomic.cat
www.parcastronomic.cat

July, International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

21 July, International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

22-26 July. 21st International Planetarium Society Conference, Irene Pennington Planetarium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA www.IPS2012.com
IPS conference will U-Stream the opening ceremony, keynote speaker, business meeting, and paper sessions each day.

27-28 July. DomeFest, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. www.domefest.org
4-8 August. Communicating Science: A National Conference on Education and Public Outreach, annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Hilton Hotel, Tucson, Arizona, USA. http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

6-10 August. Spitz Summer Institute, Spitz, Inc. Chadds Ford (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, USA, annual event focusing on planetarium education. Includes instruction in Starry Night real time software, curriculum and live lessons/teaching with SciDome digital planetariums. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions. www.spitzinc.com/institute

7-9 August. Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium, University of Notre Dame's, Jordan Hall of Science and Digital Visualization Theater, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
Contact: Keith Davis, Director the Digital Visualization Theater. keith.davis.dvt@nd.edu, or call at (574) 631-3952, http://LIPSymposium.org

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a French Speaking Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with APLF. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

September. Second Edition of the Workshop of Fulldome Production, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Contact: alexandre.cherman@gmail.com

5-7 September. Symposium 2012 for Museum and Media professionals. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado, USA. Contact: Dan.neafus@dmns.org www.dmns.org

7-8 September. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), annual meeting, National Space Centre, Leicester, United Kigdom. Contact: Dr Jenny Shipway, president@planetaria.org.uk;

12-15 September. Digistar Users Group Conference, Evans & Sutherland, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. http://www.digistardomes.org/2012_Conference.html

13-16 September. Mae Jemison, astronaut, invites everyone to attend the 100 Year Starship 2012 Public Symposium, Houston, Texas, USA. 100yss.org

15 September. Deadline for the applicants of "A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

18-20 September. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), International Conference and Trade Show, Esquire IMAX Theatre, Sacramento, California, USA.

21 September. Dome Day, The Tech Museum, San Jose, California, USA. www.giantscreencinema.com

30 September. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a British Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with BAP.

2-5 October. Workshop in Immersive Cinema (WIC), Espinho, Portugal. Organization Navegar Foundation. Contact: Lina Canas, lina@multimeios.pt

5-7 October. Immersive Film Festival (IFF), Espinho, Portugal. Organization Navegar Foundation. Contact: Lina Canas, lina@multimeios.pt

13-16 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), “Advancing the field of informal science education”, Annual Conference, COSI, Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio, USA. www.astc.org

24-27 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual conference, North Hills High School Planetarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Contact: Susan Batson www.glpaweb.org

13 November. Total solar eclipse (n Australia, s Pacific).

16-17 November. FULLDOME UK, The National Space Centre, Leicester, United Kingdom. Contact: info@fulldome.org.uk www.fulldome.org.uk/

20- 24 November. XVII Meeting of the Association of Brazillian Planetarium, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. www.planetarios.org.br Contact: contato@planetarios.org.br


2011

18-19 March. MAPS (Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society) and PIPS event, Lockport, New York and Williamsville Space Lab, Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, USA. www.williamsvillek12.org/planetarium

20 March. International Day of Planetaria, www.dayofplanetaria.org

16-17 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXVI National Conference, Crespano del Grappa (Treviso) and Padova, Italy, Skype session for planetarians from other countries, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

4-7 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) Conference, Fort Washington Holiday Inn, Ft. Washington, PA, USA (near Philadelphia). Co-hosted by Henry W. Ray Special Experience Room, Warminster PA (Donald Knapp), Upper Dublin SD Planetarium, Dresher PA (Kim Small), and Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro NJ (Keith Johnson). Contact: Keith Johnson, johnsonk@rowan.edu, 856-256-4389. www.mapsplanetarium.org/conferences/.

8-9 May. Conference of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Annual Conference, Wien Planetarium, Austria, www.planetarium-wien.at

12-14 May. 5th FullDome Festival, Jena Zeiss Planetarium, www.zeiss.de/planetariums, planetarium@zeiss.de

26-28 May. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland. www.ecsite.net

2-5 June. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque (Nord), Palais de l’Univers et des Sciences (Le PLUS),-Cappelle-la-Grande, France. http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

9-11 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC/ ACCS), annual conference, including planetarium-related workshops, at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Ian McLennan, ian@ianmclennan.com

21-25 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), 2011 conference, Rollins Planetarium Young Harris, Georgia, USA. www.sepadomes.org

27-29 June. World Conference of Science Journalist, Cairo, Egypt. www.wcsj2011.org

1-2 July. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Nizhny Novgorod Planetarium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

18-22 July. Spitz Summer Institute, Spitz, Inc. Chadds Ford, PA, USA (near Philadelphia), annual event focusing on planetarium education. Includes beginner and advanced Starry Night instruction; planetarium curriculum discussion; presentation exercises/activities; digital media workshops; visitor demonstrations, etc. www.spitzinc.com/institute

26-30 July. Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums, Killeen, Texas (USA), www.wacdomes.org

30 July – 3 August. ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference, “Connecting People to Science” national conference, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore Maryland, USA. www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

31 July – 3 August. National Meeting on Science Education and Public Outreach, Baltimore, Maryland (USA). The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Geophysical Union and the Space Telescope Science Institute, is pleased to announce its 2011 national conference, "Connecting People to Science." http://www.astrosociety.org/2011meeting

9-11 August. Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS), Bremerton, Washington (USA), http://lipsymposium.org. Digitalis is hosting the conference, but it is open to anyone who does live, interactive planetarium programs, no matter what type of system they use. E&S is co-sponsoring.
Contact: Karrie Berglund, karrie@digitaliseducation.com

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a French Speaking Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with APLF. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

2-4 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Biennial Conference in Riga, Latvia. Conference host Dace Balode, dace@pagrabi.lv.

4-8 September. 6th Science Centre World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa. http://www.astc.org

9-10 September. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), AGM and conference,World Museum Planetarium, Liverpool, United Kigdom.
Contact: Shaaron Leverment, president@planetaria.org.uk

15 September. Deadline for the applicants of "A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

20-22 September. Giant Screen Cinema Association, GSCA 2011 International Conference and Trade Show, BOB Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
23 September, TX Dome Day, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, giantscreencinema.com

30 September. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a British Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with BAP. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

3-7 October. OA3: Planetaria - the public gate to modern space science, European Planetary Science Congress and DPS Meeting 2011, Cité Internationale des Congrès, Nantes, France http://meetings.copernicus.org/epsc-dps2011

10-14 October. The 4th conference in the series, ‘Communicating Astronomy with the Public’ will take place in Xiyuan Hotel, Beijing, China. Following the previous conferences, CAP2011 aims to conquer the online and social territory of outreach and train science communicators to engage with the people of today and tomorrow. The conference will also present the final statistics of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), as well as look at how outreach activities can be encouraged in the developing world.
http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2011/index.html

14-16 October. DomeFest 2011, Albuquerque e Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact: dbeining@unm.edu

15-18 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, USA. http://www.astc.org

19-22 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual conference, Holiday Inn 1001 Killarney street urbana, Illinois, hosted by the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, USA. Contact: David C. Leake, Planetarium Coordinator, Phone (217) 351-2567, fax (217) 351-2581 dleake@parkland.edu www.glpaweb.org

2-4 November. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Stardome Observatory, Auckland, New Zealand. www.digistardomes.org

15-20 November. Association of Brazilian Planetariums (ABP), Fortaleza, Brazil. http://www.planetarios.org.br

31 December. Deadline for IPS Eugenides Foundation Script contest. www.ips-planetarium.org


2010

28 February. Deadline for IPS Eugenides Foundation Script contest.

15-19, March. Conference “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2010”, Cape Town, South Africa, http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2010/index.html21, information@eso.org, capjournal@eso.org

21 March. International Day of Planetaria, www.dayofplanetaria.org

31 March. Deadline for application for scholarship funds (IPS support Alexandria Conference attendance by individuals).

17-18 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXV National Conference, Perugia, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

5-7 May. Canadian Association of Science Centres Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm

7-8 May. Annual Conference of the British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Intech Planetarium, Winchester, Great Britain.

13-16 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Dijon, France. http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

19-22 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) Conference, University of Southern Maine-Southworth Planetarium in Portland, Maine, USA. Conference hosts: Jerry LaSala, Director, lasala@usm.maine.edu; Edward Gleason, Manager egleason@usm.maine.edu, (207) 780-4249, http://www.maps-planetarium.org/MapsMain/Pages/Conference.html

29-31 May. German Planetarium Association Annual Conference, Bochum, Germany.

3-5 June. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), DASA, Dortmund, Germany. Grant opportunity for attending Pre Conference and main Conference. www.ecsite.net

14-16 June. Japan Planetarium Society, JPA Conference, Sendai Astronomical Observatory, Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN. http://www.shin-pla.info/index.html
JPA contact: Kimura Kaoru - kaoru@jsf.or.jp

8-12 June. Novice Blender Workshop at Ott Planetarium, Ogden, Utah, USA. June 15-19, 2010 - Advanced Blender Workshop.
Registration is required. See: weber.edu/planetarium/training for more information.

8-12 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), Annual Conference, Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Information: sepadomes.org

24-25 June. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Alexandria, Egypt.

26-30 June. 20th International Planetarium Society Conference, Alexandria, Egypt. Contact: Omar Fikry, Ph.D., Head of Shows & programs Unit, Planetarium Science Center, Library of Alexandria, El Shatby, Alexandria 21526, Egypt, Tel: + 203-4839999 (Ext.1881), Fax: + 203-4820464, Omar.Fikry@bibalex.org, http://www.bibalex.org/ips2010

2-7 July. EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Turin, Italy, www.euroscience.org

11 July. Total solar eclipse

19- 23 July. Spitz Institute in Chadds Ford, PA, near Philadelphia. 5-days of instruction, covering every aspect of space-science teaching with digital tools including Starry Night software, SciDome, audio software. Visit www.spitzinc.com/institute, or call 610-459-5200.

20-24 July. Novice Blender Workshop at Ott Planetarium, Ogden, Utah, USA. July 27-31, 2010 - Advanced Blender Workshop.
Registration is required. See:weber.edu/planetarium/training for more information.

1-4 August. Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Symposium on "Earth & Space
Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach", Boulder, CO (USA). http://www.astrosociety.org/2010meeting

4-7 August. Western Alliance Planetarium Conference (GPPA, SWAP, RMPA, PPA) will be hosted in Omaha (Nebraska, USA) by the King Middle Magnet School Planetarium.
Contact: Jack Northrup, jlnorthrup@fbx.com, http://www.wac2010.info

17-20 August. 7th European Meeting for Small and Portable Planetariums. Ilpo Kuusela and Arto Oksanen of the Kallio Planetaario will host this conference in Finland. Contact: ilpo.kuusela@kallioplanetaario.fi, www.kallioplanetaario.fi, Tel. 358 50 3458080

22-24 September. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ, USA http://www.digistardomes.org

24-26 September. The Dark Universe: A Cosmology Short Course for Museum & Planetarium Staff, Chicago, IL (USA) @ The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Applications are due June 15, 2010, http://kicp.uchicago.edu/dark2010/ randy@oddjob.uchicago.edu

2-5 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. http://www.astc.org

5-10 October. Full Dome Film Festival, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, USA.

6-8 October. ASTC Planetarium Post Conference Sessions (papers sessions, panel discussions and a trip to the Maunakea Observatories), Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. Contact: Shawn Laatsch (slaatsch@imiloahawaii.org) for more information regarding these events.

20-23 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual Conference, University of Notre- Dame, Indiana (USA).

26-28 October. IMERSA Fulldome Summit (Immersive media entertainment, research, science and arts), Denver, CO, USA. Presented by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This 3-day conference will feature fulldome (digital dome) workshops, panels, screenings, exhibits and pitching opportunities. Other session strands will focus on the newest in 3D, content to go and creative fundraising options. Registration and other info: http://bit.ly/8WWW0I, info@imersa.org.

19-11 November. Association of Brazilian Planetariums meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Contact: alexandre.cherman@planetario.rio.rj.gov.br


2009(International Year of Astronomy)

15 February. 444th Anniversary of the Birthday of Galileo Bonaiuti de' Galilei – First Telescopic Astronomer

16 - 28 March. GLOBE at Night 2009 Count the Stars in the constellation Orion seen from your hometown and report! http://www.globe.gov/GaN/

22 March. International Day of Planetaria www.dayofplanetaria.org

2-5 April. 100 Hours of Astronomy. This is a cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy. 100 Hours of Astronomy is a round-the-clock, worldwide event with 100 continuous hours of a wide range of public outreach. For more details go to: www.astronomy2009.org

18-19 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXIV National Conference, Naples, City of Science, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it.
Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

24-26 April. Immersive Film Festival, Navegar Foundation, Centro Multimeios Espinho, Portugal, web: iff.multimeios.pt. The Festival is an event that will gather international productions in the Immersive Cinema field. It is an open invitation to all, including producers, animators and filmmakers, artists, students and teachers in order to participate in this unique event. IFF will be focused on presenting productions in this media, along with a competition among submitted productions that made its debut recently. Besides the competition and the public screenings, workshops for young artists and public talks will be organized to promote immersive cinema. Special screenings for primary and secondary schools will also be organized. It is intended to be a space to captivate active members of cinema in general into this new media, a space to discuss ideas and to create partnerships, and above all, to work as a catalyst to the development of this area of cinema.

10 May. International Astronomy Day – Bringing Astronomy To The People Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe. http://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astroday.html

13-16 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS). The conference host will be Past President Patty Seaton. The conference will be at the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland, USA. The Owens Science Center hosted previously in 2003, and since that time they have developed and extended their partnerships with nearby organizations of interest, such as NASA-Goddard and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL). Side trips to other local planetariums such as Baltimore or Washington are possibile. This location also offers access to a wide variety of speakers from both NASA-Goddard and JHUAPL.
http://www.maps-planetarium.org

14-15 May. May. British Association of Planetaria Annual General Meeting, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London. International visitors to AGM are more than welcome. Contact: Shaaron Leverment shaaron@explorerdome.co.uk

16-18, May. Meeting of ADP, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutschsprachiger Planetarien (Association of German Speaking Planetariums), Mannheim Planetarium, Germany

21-24 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums, Yearly Meeting, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, La Villette, Paris, France. Contact: Nelly Dumas

June. Japan Planetarium Association (JPA) Conference, Akashi Municipal Planetarium, Hyogo, Japan. http://www.shin-pla.info/

4-6 June. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), National Science and Technology Museum ”Leonardo da Vinci”, Milan, Italy.
www.ecsite.net

16-20 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) annual conference joined by Western Alliance Conference (GPPA, SWAP, RMPA, and PPA), Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Contact: krismccall@adventuresci.com

2-5 July. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France. tom@armaghplanet.com

22 July, total solar eclipse.

1-4 September. 6th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria at the M. Copernicus Planetarium and Observatory in Chorzow, Poland. For information and registration go to: http://www.chorzow2009.ajd.czest.pl/ or contact Tomasz Kisiel (t.kisiel@ajd.czest.pl) or (tk8283@gmail.com).

4-5 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Conference will take place at Jærmuseet, Vitenfabrikken, Sandnes, Norway. Chair and contact: Ivar Reed Nakken, ivar.nakken@mail.nu

7 September. Japan Planetarium Society, Planetary Science workshop. Visiting the Institute of Space and Astronomical Science and lecture for Venus Climate Orbiter that will be launched in 2010. Contact: Takayo Hasegawa (general@shin-pla.info)

12-16 September. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Conference, Westin SFO, Millbrae, California, USA. http://www.astrosociety.org

16-18 September. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. http://www.digistardomes.org

5 October. Association of Dutch-Speaking Planetariums, Planed Meeting, Halley Planetarium, Heesch, The Netherlands.

9-12 October. Association of Brazilian Planetariums, Annual Conference, Museum park of knowledge, Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brasil.

21-24 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association 45th Annual Conference, Delta College Planetarium, Bay City Michigan, USA.
Contact: Planetarium Manager / Astronomer: Garry Beckstrom at gfbeckst@delta.edu Phone: (989) 667-2270 Planetarium Website: http://www3.delta.edu/planet/
Conference Website http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm

31 October – 3 November. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
http://www.astc.org

9-11 November. Japan Planetarium Society Workshop, Shimane Nature Museum, Mt. Sanbe. Contact: Takayo Hasegawa (general@shin-pla.info)


2008

8-12 January. Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Austin, Texas, USA, www.aas.org.

19-21 February. Japan Planetarium Association, Planetarium Seminar, Munakata Yurix Planetarium, Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan.
Contact: Osamu Kato yurix@hoshizora.com

16 March. International Day of Planetaria www.dayofplanetaria.org

6 April. XXIII National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Modena, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

8 - 11 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums, Yearly Meeting, Planetarium of Epinal, France. Contact: planetarium.epinal@wanadoo.fr http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

8-11 May, Annual Conference of the British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain.
Contact: Tom Mason tom@armaghplanet.com

9-11 May. Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Planetarium Society, Horizon Planetarium, Perth, Australia. Contact: Martin Bush, MBush@museum.vic.gov.au

10-11 May. Australasian Planetarium Society Conference and AGM, Horizon Planetarium, Perth, Western Australia. Contact: Martin Bush, MBush@museum.vic.gov.au

29-31 May. ECSITE Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary. Contact: Aliki Giannakopoulou agiannakopoulou@ecsite.net

12-14 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres Annual Conference, London Regional Children's Museum, Ontario, Canada, http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm

15-19 June. 5th Science Centre World Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

27 June - 2 July. 19th International Planetarium Society Conference, Adler Planetarium, Chicago (USA). www.ips2008.org
22-26 July, Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) annual conference, The Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium, Lafayette, LA, USA.
Contact: dhostetter@lafayettegov.net

28 July-1 August. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA, USA, Starry Night/digital planetarium learning event with two sessions. Call 610-459-5200 x 126 for details, or see www.spitzinc.com/institute

1 August, Total Solar eclipse.

14 August. IMERSA Birds of a Feather at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, California. IMERSA (the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science and Arts association) will present a Birds of a Feather meeting at this year’s ACM/SIGGRAPH conference on Thursday, August 14th from 11am-1pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center, room 307. We’ll be introducing IMERSA to the SIGGRAPH community and getting feedback for possible projects. For more information go to http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/.

9-11 October. 5th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria, Centro Multimeios Espinho, Navegar Foundation and the Center for Astrophyics of Oporto, Portugal. http://ecspp2008.multimeios.pt . http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/EuropMee_small_Planet.htm

18-21 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. http://www.astc.org/conference
Several planetarium-related presentations are planned. On October 20th, Alexandria Hall will present a paper entitled “Addressing Culture and Science in Digital Dome Theaters/Planetariums.” Later that day, three activities in the Fels Planetarium include: The 5th annual Fulldome Video Showcase featuring a sampling of work from the world’s best digital dome artists, including scientific visualizations, show excerpts, music/art, and experimental productions (organized by E&S and Spitz); “Finding Your Way in the Dark II: Switching Program Paradigms in the Planetarium” with Derrick Pitts, Director and Chief Astronomer of the Fels Planetarium; and “A Whole New World: Science Visualizations on the Dome” organized by Sky-Skan.

29 October – November 1. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Conference. Participants will enjoy the Milwaukee Public Museum Planetarium, the Gary Sampson Planetarium and the Charles Horwitz Planetarium. Contact: Gary Sampson, 11400 West Center Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53222-4213, Phone +1 (262) 844-6940, ges@execpc.com or David A. DeRemer, Phone +1 (262) 896-8423, dderemer@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

18-20 November. Japan Planetarium Association (JPA) Workshop, Asahikawa Science Center, Hokkaido, Japan. http://www.shin-pla.info/


2007

18 March. International Day of Planetaria.

21-24 April. Annual Meeting of German Speaking Planetaria, Zeiss Schwaz Planetarium, Schwaz, Austria

17-20 May. Meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Marseille - Aix en Provence - St. Michel l'Observatoire, France.
aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr, http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

31 May - 2 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
http://www.ecsite.net

16-20 July, Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA, USA. Contact: Joyce Towne at jtowne@spitzinc.com, www.spitzinc.com/institute

20-23 July, DomeFest, LodeStar Astronomy Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
http://www.domefest.org/2007/DomeFest%202007%20Preliminary%20Program.pdf

4-5 August. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Rio de Janeiro Planetarium, Brazil. Host: Alexandre Cherman.

5-7 September. Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and ASP EPO Conference, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, USA, co-hosted with the Adler Planetarium, www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

6-8 September. 4th European Meeting of Portable Planetaria, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. www.suh.sk/ips2007

7-9 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Biennal Conference in Orsa, Sweden. Info from host Per Broman pbr@planetarium.se.

8-10 September. Japan Planetarium Association, Workshop "To Seek for Popularizing Astronomy at the Cutting Edge-Part 3: Solar Astronomy", Hida Observatory, University of Kyoto, Gifu, Japan. Contact: Shoichi Itoh itoh@science.suginami-ku.ed.jp

20-22 September, The Western Alliance Conference of Planetarium (Pacific Planetairum Association PPA, Rocky Mountain Association RMPA, Southwest Association of Planetarium SWAP, Great Plains Planetarium Association GPPA) will meet in Fairbanks Alaska. The WAC 2007 website: http://wap-con.org has all the registration forms and information. To get a formal registration packet with paper copies contact secretary, Mary Ann Tabada at tabadam@esuhsd.org or Independence Planetarium Director, Gail Chaid at chaidg@esuhsd.org phone: (408)928-9604. The pre-conference tour goes to Denali National Park.The conference hotel is the Westmark Hotel,Fairbanks $68 per night. There is a 10% discount on Alaska Airlines for conference participants. Everyone in the international community is welcome.

26-28 September. Digistar User Group Conference, Arlington Planetarium, University of Texas. Contact person: Joe Eakin, joeeakin@uta.edu, http://www.digistardomes.org/2007_Conference_Info.html

6-7 October, 7. XXII National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Milan, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it

8-11 October. Communicating Astronomy to the Public (CAP 2007) International conference, Eugenides Planetarium, Athens, Greece. The conference is organised in collaboration with the International Astronomy Union, ESA, The National Observatory of Athens. http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2007/

In view of the 50th annniversary of the launch into space of Sputnik 1 Eugenides Planetarium has arranged a series of other events, which include: The premiere of a 40-minute digital planetarium show, titled "From Earth to the Moon", to be shown to an invited audience of 278 persons, scheduled for the 4th of October (and presented to the audience by Stamatios Krimigis, brief biography on http://sd-www.jhuapl.edu/CASSINI/SMK_BriefBiography_19-051.htm ).

9-13 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference, Triple Conjunction Planetarium Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) , South Eastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) and Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).
Host: Benedum Planetarium, Benedum Natural Science Center, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. Contact: Steve Mitch, smitch@oglebay-resort.com
http://www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo/planetarium.htm
http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm
http://www.sepadomes.org/

13-16 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, California Science Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
http://www.astc.org

15-18 November. Annual Meeting of Association of Brazilian Planetariums (ABP), São Paulo, Brazil. alexcherman@yahoo.com.br

23-24 November. Annual Meeting of the Association of Mexican Planetariums (AMPAC), "Lic. Felipe Rivera" Planetarium, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
Contact: juan.duran@merida.gob.mx

31 December, Deadline of Eugenides Foundation Scriptwriting Contest, stevetidey@hotmail.co.uk


2006

9-10 January. Tennessee Organization of Planetariums (TOP), meeting at the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

15 April, Yearly deadline for the applicants of "A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator".

7-8 May, 2006. Annual Meeting of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Raumflugplanetarium Cottbus, Germany.
www.planetarium-cottbus.de/adp2006

8-9 May. Carolina Association of Planetarium Educators (CAPE) meeting at the Ocean Isle Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC, USA.

17-20 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS), Novins Planetarium, Ocean Country College, Tom River, N.J., Hostess Gloria Villalobos. www.maps-planetarium.org

25-28 May. Meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Montpellier Planetarium, France. aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr,
http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

8-10 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Technopolis, Mechelen,
Belgium. http://www.ecsite.net

20-24 June, South Eastern Planetarium Association Conference (SEPA) will be hosted by the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory in Cocoa, Florida, USA. Contact: Mark Howard, Director, howardm@brevardcc.edu http://www.brevardcc.edu/planet

24-27 July. Under the Southern Skies, 18th International Planetarium Society Conference, Crown Promenade, Melbourne, Australia.
http://www.ips2006.com.

15-19 August. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA (USA). The Institute will focus on using astronomy software to enhance education in both the classroom and the planetarium, and will feature teachers from Starry Night/Imaginova Ltd. and other notable speaker/educators. Space is limited. Contact 610-459-5200 or spitz@spitzinc.com

31 August, Yearly deadline for the applicants of "A week in Italy for a French Planetarium Operator".

13-16 September, 2006. Western Alliance Conference (WAC) of planetariums in Lincoln, Nebraska (GPPA - Jack Dunn hosting).
http://www.spacelaser.com/wac2006/

30 September. deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a Spanish Planetarium Operator.

8 October. XXI National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Ravenna, Italy Planetari News

25-28 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference, Merrillville Community Planetarium, Merrillville, Indiana, USA. Contact: Gregg Williams, gwilliam@mvsc.k12.in.us
http://www.mcpstars.org
http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm

28-31 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference and Expo, Louisville Science Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. http://www.astc.org


2005

January 10-11, Tennessee Organization of Planetariums (TOP), hosted by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Contact Kris McCall at krismccall@csmisfun.com or 615-401-5077.

1 March Deadline for application for the program that starts August 22, 2005, about Master of science communication at Dalarna University, Sweden. www.ScienceCommunication.se

10-11 April. Conference of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Europlanetarium, Genk, Belgium.www.adp2005.org

10-14 April. 4th Science Centre World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
http://www.astc.org/conference/future.htm

15 April. Final deadline for application for the program that starts 22 August, about Master of science communication at Dalarna University,
Sweden. www.ScienceCommunication.se

15 April. Deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator.

5-8 May. Third European Meeting of Itinerant Planetaria, Palais des Congres, Nantes (France) in conjunction with the yearly meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF). aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr, http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

13-15 May. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Annual Conference, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, United Kingdom. It will be a joint meeting with the AAE (Association for Astronomy Education).

25-28 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS), Fels Planetarium, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Host: Derrick Pitts. Conference website is
http://www.maps-planetarium.org/MAPS2005/ with the preliminary schedule, registration information, and pictures of the conference site.

2-3-4 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres meeting (which includes the Canadian planetarium group), Montreal Science Centre, Montreal Quebec (Canada). Contact: pierre_lacombe@astro.umontreal.ca

10-12 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Heureka, Vantaa (Helsinki), Finland. http://www.ecsite.net

14-17 June. Communicating Astronomy with the Public, ESO/ESA/IAU Conference, ESO HQ, Garching, Munich, Germany. Closing date for registration March 2005. http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/index.html

14-18 June. South Eastern Planetarium Association Conference (SEPA), Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. See
http://www.sepadomes.org/conference/ for information as it becomes available.

12-14 July. Japan Planetarium Society Conference (JPS), Osaka Science Museum, Japan.

15-17 July. DomeFest2005. http://www.domefest.com/2005.html. More about fulldome (mega-resolution, large-format, immersive, digital technologies for hemispheric screen theaters) at http://www.domefest.com/WhatIsDF.htm,
http://www.fulldome.org, and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fulldome

18-21 July. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (USA). The Institute will focus on using software to enhance education in both the classroom and the planetarium. Space is limited. Contact 610-459-5200.

24 July to 6 August. The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), offers a two-week, four-credit residential summer institute for teachers that includes a course on instruction using a portable planetarium and information about grant writing for participants to acquire a portable planetarium. http://www.coa.edu/summer/sumworkshops/index.html - contact person: Jean Boddy, (800) 597-9500.

13-14 August. Australasian Planetarium Society meeting, Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, Auckland, New Zealand. Contact: Martin George, Secretary, APS, at martin@qvmag.tas.gov.au

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a French Planetarium Operator.

5-7 September, Japan Planetarium Society, Workshop for popularizing the results of the latest astronomy, Nishiharima Astronomical Observatory, Hyogo, Japan. The workshop is organized for the professional development for the staffs of planetariums and science centers. As the first workshop, JPS select the theme: "The seek for Extra-solar Planets".

7-9 September. Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums (RMPA, PPA, GPPA, SWAP), Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Gates Planetarium & Space Odyssey exhibition, Colorado, USA. vonahnenkarl@fhda.edu

12-16 September. Workshop in immersive cinema, 1st European Workshop in FullDome, Centro Multimeios de Espinho, Portugal. http://fulldome.multimeios.pt - contact: fulldome@multimeios.pt - Organized by Navegar Foundation. The workshop will cover the projection and projection systems, content creation, direction, production and production tools. The maximum number of participants is 40 and a small number of Grants will be available for students. Scientific organizing Committee: Ed Lanz (Visual Bandwith); Johan Gijsenbergs (Sky-Skan, Inc Europe); Paul Bourke (Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology); António Pedrosa, Navegar Foundation; Pedro Russo, Navegar Foundation; Luís Calçada, Navegar Foundation.

14-16 September. Building Community: The Emerging Educational and Public Outreach (EPO) Profession, as part of ASP's 117th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, USA. http://astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

16-18 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Conference (NPA), Orion Planetarium, Jels, Denmark. www.orionplanetarium.dk

24-25 September. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Beijing Planetarium, Beijing, China.

30 September. deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a Spanish Planetarium Operator.

9-10 October, Planetarium Innovation Days, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10, Jena, organized by Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH. planetarium@zeiss.de.

9 October. XX National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Brescia, Italy

15-18 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference and Expo, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, USA. http://www.astc.org

17-23 October. A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (each year since 1995). http://www.bresciascienza.it/cityline/cult/photog.htm

19-22 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference,
Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Contact: David DeBruyn
http://www.grmuseum.org/chaffeeplanetarium/chaffee.shtml


2004

September 26-27, Digistar Users Group Conference, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA.

September 29-October 1, Western Alliance of Planetariums Conference (GPPA, PPA, RMPA, SWAP), Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA. Conference information on the RMPA: http://www.rmpadomes.org

October 9-10, XIX National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Naples (City of Science) and Rome (Museum of Roman Civilization), Italy.

October 18-24, A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (each year since 1995). The 2004 winner is John T. Meader, Northern Stars Planetarium, Fairfield, ME, USA

October 20-23, Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference (GLPA), Cranbrook Institute of Science, New Detroit Science Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

November 4-6, European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Museu de la Ciencia de la Fundacio « la Caixa », Barcelona. Planetarium activities are scheduled on Thursday 4th November afternoon (visit + session in the Fabra Observatory) and Friday 5th November all day (sessions + planetarium demonstration).

November 6-7, Australasian Planetarium Society Meeting (APS), Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania. http://www.vicnet.net.au/~apsweb

November 8-12, Division of Planetary Science (DPS), Louisville, Kentucky, USA. http://dps04.org/

November 17, Association of Dutch Speaking Planetariums Meeting (ADSP), Brussels Planetarium, Brussels, Belgium.

November 23-26, Association of Mexican Planetariums Meeting (AMPAC), Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
http://cosmos.astro.uson.mx/Proxiactiv.htm; congreso@cosmos.astro.uson.mx.


2003

May 3, 2003 (Saturday) Michigan Spring GLPA Meeting hosted by Mark Reed at the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium in Jackson, Michigan. 517-841-3860 or email marksreed@aol.com%20 Directions can be found at http://www.jps.k12.mi.us/hurst

May 7-10, 2003 MAPS Conference -- Owens Science Center (Lanham, MD) will host the 2003 MAPS Conference. Details will be available soon on the MAPS web site at: http://www.maps-planetarium.org.

July 7-11, 2003 Ball State University Planetarium Operations workshop 1--5-day, hands-on course for both experienced and inexperienced persons in the planetarium field. http://www.bsu.edu/planetarium. Contact Ron Kaitchuck rkaitchu@bsu.edu

June 17-21, 2003 SEPA Conference at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Conference materials were mailed last week and and many of you should have already received your registration packets. If you are not on the SEPA mailing list, you can download the entire conference packet at http://www.sepadomes.org/confer/index.html. There is a separate vendor packet available at this web site as well. The schedule and the conference registration form are also available at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum web site:
http://www.lasm.org/stage/html/frameset.html. Questions about the conference: Michael D. Sandras 504-471-2149 or Cherry Dean at 225-344-9478

July 21-25, 2003, Ball State University Planetarium Operations workshop 2. http://www.bsu.edu/planetarium. Contact Ron Kaitchuck rkaitchu@bsu.edu

July 28 to Aug 2, 2003, Sri Lankan Skies and Sir Arthur 2003, "To Propagate Astronomy Education in Developing Countries" The programme will include Paper Sessions, Planetarium Shows, School Visits, Night Sky Observation Camps, and a choice of two tours, one covering the cultural sites and the hill country of Sri Lanka and the other covering the golden beaches and the wild life parks. For further information please e-mail planet2003sam@yahoo.com or visit the conference web site http://www.srilankanskies2003.com. T C Samaranayake (Sam) Conference Host

October 6-8, 2003. Digistar User's Group meeting immediately before Western Alliance Conference at Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City.

October 8-11, 2003. Western Alliance of Planetariums conference at Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City. We'll have a lot of representation from JPL and NASA, including visualization resources. We'll have workshops, panel discussions, a tour of the Morton Thiokol plant, and other surprises still in planning. Registration information on the RMPA website: http://www.rmpadomes.org. The conference hotel (just three blocks from the Planetarium and one block from the Salt Palace Convention Center) is set, and reservations are already being accepted. Conference rates are $99/night single-double; just let them know you're part of the Western Alliance Planetarium meeting:
Wyndham Hotel Salt Lake City
215 W South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SLCWY/main.wnt
801-531-7500
866-833-9330

October 22-25, 2003. The 39th annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) conference in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted in part by the Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Conference highlights include: Dr. James Kaler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign presenting the 2003 Astronomy Update Lecture; Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Case Western, author, "Beyond Star Trek"; Dr. Paul Hodge, author "Higher Than Everest"; Guy Consolmagno, co-author "Turn Left at Orion"; The prestigious Armand N. Spitz Lecture. Contact: Joe DeRocher; Shafran Planetarium; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 1 Wade Oval Dr. University Circle; Cleveland, OH 44106-1767; (216) 231-4600 x 362; jderoche@cmnh.org.

November 8-11 ASTC conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. Deadline for session proposals is December 31, 2002. http://www.astc.org/conference/2003.htm


2002

March 1-3, 2001; CONTACT 2002 Conference--The Search for Life in the Universe; Santa Clara, CA, USA; ; www.softwaremanagement.com/contact and www.cabrillo.cc.ca.us/contact -- Join some of the foremost international social and space scientists, science fiction writers, and artists to exchange ideas, stimulate new perspectives, and encourage serious and creative speculation about humanity?s future. Conference highlights include a day at NASA Ames and a banquet with keynote speaker Rusty Schweickart, former Apollo and Skylab astronaut and president of NRS Communications. Contact: Judith Marx Golub, Registrar; CONTACT 2002 Conference; B10 ? Suite 237, 4546 El Camino Real; Los Altos CA 93022 USA; Tel: 650-941-4027; Fax: 650-941-4028; Email: contact@softwaremanagement.com

March 18-22, 2002. The Prague conference, "Planetariums: mature Age diseases". Director Marcel Grun and Secretary of the Conference, Jan Sifner, are coordinating events. You can access details at http://www.planetarium.cz/conference2002, or email Jan Sifner at sifner@planetarium.cz

April 20 through May 10, 2002 evenings -- 5-PLANET GATHERING -- a gathering: all naked eye objects of the solar system will be visible in the west immediately after sunset. The planet span degrees through Taurus and Gemini on May 5 after which Mercury rapidly recedes.Starting from lowest to the horizon: Mercury (mag +1.8), Saturn (mag -0.4), Mars (mag +1.7), Venus (mag -3.9), and finally Jupiter (mag -2.0). The waxing crescent Moon moves through the scene May 6-16.

May 8 to 11, 2002. ---MAPS 2002 -- Astronomy educators from all over the northeast will meet in Massachusetts for the 2002 Conference of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS). The theme of the conference will be "The Whole Spectrum: From Radio to Gamma," emphasizing the complete spectrum of astronomy, not just the visible. The EcoTarium's Alden Planetarium in Worcester, Mass. will host the meeting. For details and registration info see the MAPS web page at: http://www.maps-planetarium.org . Invited speakers: "Seeing the Most Violent Objects in the Universe in Gamma Rays", Dr. James Ryan, University of New Hampshire; "Seeing Light Through the Dark: Infrared Astronomy Revealing the Origin of Stars and Planets", Dr. Charles Lada, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; "MAPping the Universe", Dr. Gregory Tucker, Brown University; "X-ray's 'Great Observatory' Probes the Unseen Universe", Dr. Rick Harnden, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; "Margaret Nobel Address" Derrick Pitts, The Franklin Institute Science Museum; "What's New in the Ultraviolet, Near, Far and X-treme!", Dr. Andrea Dupree, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. For more information about the EcoTarium, go to http://www.ecotarium.org. For more information contact: Ed Frederick, Curator of Astronomy, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604; ed@ecotarium.org 508-929-2723

June 10, 2002 (Mon), SOLAR ECLIPSE -- maximum 6:16 PM PST Annular in a track across the Pacific Ocean; greatest duration 23s. Partial phases from eastern Asia, Australia, and most of western North America. http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html

June 25-June 29. SEPA 2002, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Annual conferemce of the Southeastern Planetarium Association. Host: Irene W. Pennington Planetarium at the Louisiana Arts & Science Center. Telephone: 225-344-9478 Fax: 225-344-9477 web sites: http://www.sepadomes.org/ and http://www.lascmuseum.org

July 8-12, 2002. International Astronomical Union (IAU) sponsored Commission 51 Bioastronomy conference at Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, (Tropical winter). There will be both a scientific and an education meeting, held in tandem, with teacher-participants attending portions of the scientific meeting as well as education workshops and poster sessions. Both conferences will share the same themes, and scientists and educators will be encouraged to move between sessions as they wish. The preliminary program is Session 1: Reviewing the Field: Exoplanets, Astrobiology, SETI Session 2: Astrochemistry Session 3: Origin, evolution, and discovery of planetary systems Session 4: The solar system: Evidence for life in the solar system Session 5: Biogenesis and the astronomical conditions for evolution of life Session 6: The search for extra-terrestrial life Session 7: Education and outreach: Bioastronomy as a tool for scientific education in schools and universities Session 8: where do we go from here? Conference website: http://seti.uws.edu.au/bioastronomyau/default.htm Education Conference Committee is: Edna DeVore, SETI Institute, Krisstina Wilmouth, NASA Astrobiology Institute (Ames Research Center), Carol Oliver, University of Western Sydney, Les Vozzo, University of Western Sydney

July 28- August 1, 2002 IPS 2002 Conference at Exploration Place, Wichita Kansas. More info at IPS 2002 website -- http://www.exploration.org/ips2002

October 15 -19, 2002 -- Western Alliance Planetarium Conference (SWAP, GPPA, RMPA, PPA) Optional preconference tours of Space Center Houston, Johnson Space Center and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tours (landings) in the Challenger Center, Patricia Reiff, Director, Rice Space Institute, Paul Spudas --The Once and Future Moon, Virginia Trimble, World Space Congress. Conference website -- Space City Celebration web page: http://www.hmns.org/space2002

October 23-26, 2002 -- GLPA (Great Lakes Planetarium Association) conference at Menasha, Wisconsin, Barlow Planetarium, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Speaker: Dr. James Kaler, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Speakers: the Astronomy Update will be given by Dr. James Kaler; Dr. Dale Smith will present the Spitz Lecture at the GLPA Banquet; and, Nagin Cox of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will speak on the last day of the conference. The Barlow Planetarium has a 48-foot, 12-degree tilted Astro-Tec dome, and the "old campus planetarium," which closed in 1998, is now an empty room with a clean, 24-foot zero-tilt smooth dome which will be available to vendors to demonstrate small-dome projectors.



October 25, 2002---Reopening of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Closed for renovations since last January, the new Planetarium will offer the latest cutting-edge planetarium and multimedia technology available. Enhancements, including a state-of-the-art dome, upgraded video projection and super-fidelity systems, theater controls and lighting system, will offer visitors a more intimate and richer viewing experience of the night sky. The Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts, describes the all new Planetarium experience as "a window pane on the universe." The Planetarium's unveiling will coincide with the opening of Space Command, a new Astronomy/Space Science exhibit. Visit http://www@fi.edu.

Nov. 18-19, 2002 LEONID METEORS David Asher of Armagh University in the United Kingdom and Robert McNaught of the Australian National University predict a "meteor storm" to rival 1966, with up to 30,000 meteors per hour (that's nearly 10 a minute!). An almost full Moon will wash out most of the fainter meteors, but Andrew Ellicott witnessed the Leonids off the coast of Florida under a full Moon in 1799. "At any one instant," he described, the meteors were "as numerous as the stars." As if in retaliation for spoiling the show, the full Moon has it's light dimmed the next night by a penumbral eclipse. Eastern North America should watch for a slight dimming of the Moon's upper lefthand side on the evening of the 19th centered around 8:45 PM EST, as the Moon transits the outer cone of Earth's shadow.




2001


December 31, 2000-January 6, 2001 -- THE INSPIRATION OF ASTRONOMICAL PHENOMENA -- THIRD CONFERENCE (INSAP III) Palermo (Sicily), Italy -- This meeting will explore mankind's fascination with the sky by day and by night, which has been a strong and often dominant element in human life and culture. The conference will provide a meeting place for artists and scholars from a variety of disciplines (including Archaeology and Anthropology, Art and Art History, Classics, History and Prehistory, the Physical and Social Sciences, Mythology and Folklore, Philosophy, and Religion) to present and discuss their studies of the influences that astronomical phenomena have had on mankind. Papers from the first meeting were published in "Vistas in Astronomy" (1995) and in "Leonardo" (1996), and those from the second will appear shortly in book form. These papers are described on our Website , http://ethel.as.arizona.edu/~white/insap. The meeting will be held overlooking the Mediterranean, a few minutes from the center of Palermo, and will start with a New Year's Eve (and Millennium Eve) banquet December 31, 2000. All presentations and discussions will be in English. More information at http://ethel.as.arizona.edu/~white/insap or by contacting Prof. Salvatore Serio, Palermo Observatory (Chair, Local Organizing Committee) (insap3@oapa.astropa.unipa.it); Dr. Rolf M. Sinclair, Chevy Chase MD (International Organizing Committee) (rolf@santafe.edu); Prof. Raymond E. White, Steward Observatory (International Organizing Committee) (REWhite1933@aol.com)

March 19-24, 2001 -- Sri Lankan Skies and Sir Arthur: a 2001 Odyssey -- Location: 2 days in Colombo and 3 days in the interior; Host: T. C. Samaranayaka planetsam2000_1999@yahoo.co.uk, Sri Lanka Planetarium; Theme: Teaching the Universe in the 21st Century. The Conference will feature a keynote address by Sir Arthur C. Clarke CBE, the acclaimed space prophet, writer, visionary and the author of the celebrated book 2001: A Space Odyssey. More info (from Dale Smith) at srilanka.html. More info at http://www.slplanet.lgo.lk or http://www.slnews.net/slplanet

March 31, 2001 -- Queensland Astronomy Education Conference -- Queensland, Australia. This is Australia's only bi-annual educator's conference targeting the teaching of astronomy and astronautics in primary and secondary schools. The programme varies but usually includes portable planetarium sessions, lectures, workshops and a night observing session. Contact: Paul Floyd; Email: ssemps@ozemail.com.au; URL: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~ssemps/confer/index.html

May 9-12, 2001 -- MAPS Conference at Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh, PA. See conference website at http://www.buhlplanetarium.org/MAPS/

April 21, 2001 -- Spring FLORPLAN meeting at Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory, Cocoa, Florida from 9am - 5pm. The agenda for the meeting will include planetarium shows, tours of the facility and plenty of time to chat with friends and colleagues. Info from Mark Howard <HowardM@brevard.cc.fl.us>

June 26-30, 2001 -- SEPA, GLPA joint conference at the Hummel Planetarium, Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Contact Jack Fletcher 859-622-1547; jack.fletcher@eku.edu; http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/glpa.html. 37th annual GLPA conference. Highlights: Dr. James Kaler, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Shampaign presenting the 2001 Astronomy Update Lecture; John Stoke from the Space Telescope Science Institute delivering the prestigious Armand N. Spitz Lecture.

July 13-18, 2001 Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) 113th Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Includes star party hosted by the Minnesota Astronomical Society and the ASP; two CCD workshops conducted by former Astronomy magazine editor and noted author Richard Berry; Universe 2001 EXPO with talks by noted astronomers such as Alan Dressler, Alex Filippenko, and Virginia Trimble, renowned writers such as David H. Levy, Bob Berman, and William Sheehan, and astronaut Claude Nicollier, who has flown on two Hubble servicing missions and an exhibit hall with the latest NASA missions and approximately 45 vendors displaying telescopes, books, videos, software, T-shirts, and other products; weekend activities for children at the Science Museum of Minnesota by the Minneapolis Planetarium and the Science Museum; Universe in the Classroom -- a hands-on teachers workshop for grades 3-12; high-Energy Universe in Sharp Focus: A Symposium of Chandra Science -- a science symposium for research astronomers. For more information, please visit the Annual Meeting website at http://www.aspsky.org/meetings.html -- Lori Ducey White, Meeting Coordinator, lwhite@aspsky.org, 415-337-1100, x109

July 29-Aug 1, 2001 California State University Northridge is offering a Genesis mission Chautauqua course for educators at Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the launch. Genesis Outreach Coordinator and Director of the California Chautauqua Field Center Dr. Gil Yanow will lead the three-day course. Teachers can learn more about this course and register online at: http://davinci.csun.edu/~scnet/chautp27.html

August 1, 2001 there will be a special one-day, all-day, FREE training workshop GENESIS: SEARCH FOR ORIGINS, to field test Genesis education materials with hands-on activities. Workshop is at Astronaut Memorial Planetarium,Brevard Community College campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, Floria 32922-6597 http://www.brevard.cc.fl.us/~planet. Lunch and snacks are provided. The workshop is for K-12 classroom teachers, planetarium personnel, JPL Solar System Ambassadors, JPL Solar System Educators. Instructors will derive lessons from interdisciplinary sources, all suitable for immediate use in the classroom; including language arts, theater, social studies, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and earth science. All lesson plans are designed to match national education standards and strands. Materials including posters, videos, and CD-ROMS to take back for the new school year will be distributed at no charge. Example: The middle school education module titled Dynamic Design: The Cleanroom http://www.genesismission.org/educate/scimodule/Cleanroom.html Contact http://www.genesismission.org or http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov if you would like to enroll in the free Aug. 1 field testing workshop. The Genesis Spacecraft is scheduled for launch from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on July 30, 2001. The aim of the mission is to give the best estimate ever made of the starting materials from which the solar system formed, with a sample return of solar wind particles.

October 4 - 7th, 2001. This year's Western Alliance Conference is being held in Eugene, Oregon. You can now register on-line, book your hotel room, sign up for presenting a paper, and let us know whether you're interested in going to Crater Lake. Check the web-site out at http://www.2001-western-alliance-conference.org Refer to this site for future up-dates. --Jon Elvert

Dec. 14, 2001 (Fri), SOLAR ECLIPSE -- maximum 2:25 PM PST Annular in a track across the Pacific Ocean and Central America; greatest duration 3m,53s. Partial phases from Hawaii, all but the northeastern U.S. and some of eastern Canada. http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html


2000

March 19, 2000, Day of Planetaria -- planetaria from different countries collaborate, promote twinships, exchanges, and cooperation between planetaria. IPFA suggests planetariums to include an "open window" in their programs -- a small exhibition, projection or talk, where activities of foreign planetaria that accept this mutual collaboration are described.
March 25, 2000, -- FLORPLAN meeting at Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, Florida -- FLORPLAN is an unofficial meeting of Florida Planetarians that meets twice a year to tour various facilities around the state and to discuss "hot topics" and other Planetarian concerns. Tentative Agenda includes Tour of Planetarium & Production facilities, Star Show -Rusty Rockets Last Blast, Laser Show - Space Rock (FLORPLAN only), Tour Observatory and Solar Observing, Cosmic Classics Classical Music laser light show (public performance), The Explorers star show (public performance. Evening presentations: Skies Over South Florida - features More Than Meets the Eye in addition to a "LIVE" tour of the current evening sky, The Tonite Show (telescope observing session, weather permitting, through the Cohen-Sabin 8" refracting telescope), Classic 80's Rock & Roll laser show, AC/DC laser show. People wishing to make presentations should contact George Fleenor (Jetson1959@aol.com) or Brett Jacobs (Laserfuzz@aol.com) with Technical requirements. RSVP by March 15, 2000 Call or E-mail George Fleenor (941) 746-4132 x.20 or Jetson1959@aol.com A recommendation of local Hotels & Motels is available from George, Brett or checking the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce web site at http://www.manatee-cc.com/tourist.htm

April 7, 2000, Deadline to apply for Emil Buehler Internship for FY 2001. Stipend is $20,000 per annum. It starts July 1, 2000 for one year. Deadline is April 7, 2000. Contact Dr. David Menke at FamAstro@AOL.com -- The Emil Buehler Observatory, Planetarium, and Science Center

April 8, 2000, Astronomy Day http://www.astroleague.org/astroday.html

May 3 - 6, 2000, Middle Atlantic Planetarium (MAPS) Conference 2000. Current info at http://www.voicenet.com/~mcdonald/MAPS.html#conf99 -- Location: Prince Frederick, Maryland. Host Facility: Arthur Storer Planetarium. Hotel: Holiday Inn Select, Solomons, MD. MAPS 2000 will be held in Southern Maryland's Calvert County from May 3 - 6, 2000. The Arthur Storer Planetarium will host the event under the leadership of planetarium director Shawn Laatsch. The Arthur Storer Planetarium uses a Spitz 512 star projector in a 30 foot dome with 71 unidirectional seats. Special effects include: East Coast Control System's Three Color Cove Lights, Panoramas and All Sky, Video Projection, Meteors, and a variety of other special effects. The planetarium serves about 20,000 students a year in the Calvert County Public School Systems. Public events are held twice each month. Conference Paper Sessions will be based at the Holiday Inn Select in Solomons, Maryland. The hotel has water front views and is within walking distance of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. For further information contact: Shawn Laatsch, Arthur Storer Planetarium, 600 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678; phone: (410) 535-7339; email: 102424.1032@compuserve.com

May 7-8, 2000, Association of German Planetariums (ADP) Conference at Bochum Planetarium.

April 29, 2000, -- Indiana state GLPA meeting. Marion High School in Marion, IN. Contact Keith Turner at 765-664-9051 or e-mail to wkturner@iquest.net

June 20-21, 2000, SEPA Conference at the SciWorks Planetarium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. To get registration packet, or if you would like to present a show or lead a workshop at the conference, e-mail Starfield1@aol.com and give your address or call 336-767-6730 ext. 139. (An extension is set up just for SEPA questions or problems). , please let us know. --Duke Johnson and Karen Osterer

June 26-30, 2000, Summer Program in Planetarium Operations--Ball State University--Astronomy A382/582, course on Instruments and Techniques in Planetarium Operations (3 credit hours). More details below.

July 9-13, 2000, IPS 2000 Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pierre Lacombe, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee. Planetarium de Montreal, 1000 rue Saint-Jacques Ouest, Montreal, QC H3C 1G7 Canada. Most of the Conference will be at the Queen Elizabeth hotel. Preliminary plans include invited speakers on "Supernovae and the Hubble Constant" and "The Glass Giants: Telescopes of the 21st Century." Panel Discussions: "What Does it Take To Keep the Dome Open?" "Is the Planetarium More than Just Its Theater?" "Education vs Misconceptions in Astronomy." Special Oral Presentations: "A Planetarium for All: Reaching the Handicapped" "How Do Children Learn?" Workshops: "The Sound Environment in the Theater" "Full Dome Video" "Portable Planetarium Sessions." Poster Sessions. Registration fees estimated currently at $295US. For latest info check http://www.planetarium.montreal.qc.ca/IPS2000/

July 13-18, 2000, 112th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Pasadena, California -- UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM 2000 A National Workshop on Teaching Astronomy in Grades 3-12 will be offered at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, on July 13-16, 2000, as part of the 112th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The workshop will include a series of sessions for teachers who are just starting to teach a unit on astronomy, as well as a strand of innovative ideas and updates for veteran science teachers. Teachers who may be a bit nervous about teaching any astronomy at all are especially encouraged to attend.
Half of the four-day program will be devoted to hands-on classroom-tested activities that convey basic astronomy and physical science concepts. Topics covered include how to teach the phases of the moon, have students discover the reasons for the seasons, deal with questions on UFO?s and astrology, measure out the scale of the solar system, and explain black holes without math. The other half of the workshop will feature talks on recent developments in astronomy in everyday language, a "Kid's Space" where children of all ages learn and experience astronomy concepts while having fun, together with an astronomy expo and fair offering the latest astronomy tools. Participants will receive a thick package of activities and resources to take with them. Credit will be available through a local university.
For more information and a registration packet, teachers, librarians, curriculum supervisors, or youth group leaders should contact the non-profit society by:

  • e-mail: meeting@aspsky.org
  • FAX: 415-337-5205 (attn: 2000 Education Symp)
  • mail: Mail: Universe in the Classroom 2000, A.S.P., 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.
(Be sure to indicate somewhere in the message that you are interested in the 2000 ASP education symposium.) If you have suggestions for the program itself, please contact the chair of the organizing committee, Andrew Fraknoi at: fraknoi@admin.fhda.edu (or by particle mail at the above address.)

July 19-22, 2000, the 54th annual convention of the Astronomical League hosted by the Ventura County Astronomical Society. With the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, American Association of Variable Star Observers, International Occultation Timing Association, The American Association of Amateur Astronomers, International Dark Sky Association, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. Info: http://www.vcas.org/astrocon/ -- Email: astrocon2000@vcas.org

September 21-24, 2000, INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE of the Millenium IMC 2000 Pucioasa, Romania. the yearly conference of the International Meteor Organization- http://www.imo.net . Pucioasa is a little town, situated at 400 m altitude, on the hills of South Carpathian Mountains, at 100 km far away from Bucharest, the Capital of Romania.It have over 460 years of recorded existence and 170 years of spa resort activity. The official website of IMC 2000 is available at the next address http://sarm.romwest.ro/imc2000 with a mirror at http://sarm.ccs.ro/imc2000

September 30, 2000 -- FLORPLAN meeting at Dr. Buzz Aldrin Planetarium in West Palm Beach, Florida. FLORPLAN is an unofficial meeting of planetarians in the state of Florida, U.S.A., that meets twice a year to tour various facilities around the state and to discuss "hot topics" and other Planetarian concerns. The meeting is informal and open to anyone who works in or with planetariums and related fields. Events include Tour of Planetarium & Production facilities; Tour Observatory and Solar Observing; Lunch at the 391st Bomber Group; Star Shows including: The Night Sky Over the Palm Beaches, Laser Fun for the Whole Family; Informal Discussion Time; 12 midnight - Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Carefree Theater. People wishing to make presentations should contact Erich Landstrom (starlite@sfsm.org) with technical requirements. Please RSVP by September 15, 2000 with phone call or e-mail to Erich Landstrom # (561) 832-1988 x24 or starlite@SFSM.org; HTTP//WWW.SFSM.ORG

Oct 3-8, 2000 -- PPA, SWAP, RMPA, GPPA conference a the Highland Park ISD Planetarium in Dallas, Texas. See conference website http://andrews.esc18.net/PLANET/texas2000.htm. Pre-tour to Johnson Space Center. Post-tour to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Conference Dates: Wednesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 7; Conference. Hotel: Harvey Hotel, 7815 LBJ Freeway (& Coit Rd), Dallas, 75200. Contact: Donna Pierce.

Oct. 11-14, 2000 GLPA Conference at Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL




1999

May 11-13, 1999 -- Association of French-Speaking Planetariums at the council of Europe at UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR- STRASBOURG; OBSERVATOIRE ASTRONOMIQUE; PLANETARIUM. This meeting will welcome the european IPS meeting with Susan Reynolds. For registrations: APLF - Planetarium de Strasbourg - Rue de l'Observatoire 67000 Strasbourg - Fax 33 3 88 21 20 45. [submitted by Dr Jean-Michel Faidit (fax 33 4 67 61 10 08)]. TEL. 03 88 21 20 40/44. If you are interested, Ray Worthy (raymond@stargazr.demon.co.uk) may help to get a copy of a reg form sent to you.

May 12th, 1999, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.--day-long Spitz workshop in Chadds Ford, PA, on immersive video and computer graphics production for dome theaters. Free workshop conducted by Spitz Sales and Creative Media departments to introduce colleagues to Spitz? ImmersaVision format, production techniques, hardware, software, and how it can benefit a planetarium. Topics will include: compatibility among different video systems; ElectricSky theaters as flexible, multi-purpose theaters; 3-D and 2-D graphics production and the integration of immersive video with all-skies. Call or write Joyce Towne to reserve your spot (610-459-5200, jtowne@spitzinc.com).

May 12-15, 1999 MAPS Conference will be held in Pennsylvania Dutch Country - Lancaster, Pennsylvania at The North Museum of Natural History and Science, home of the North Museum Planetarium, under the leadership of the planetarium's director John "Skeeter" Eliason. The conference seminars will be based at The Eden Resort Inn, a ten minute drive from the museum. The Eden Resort Inn boasts a tropically landscaped indoor pool area with added benefits of a whirlpool spa, Finnish saunas, and an exercise room. The Inn is also home to two restaurants and a lounge. Workshops and planetarium programs will be presented at the North Museum. The museum's plantetarium has a 41 foot solid dome with a Spitz A4 projector. Contact: John "Skeeter" Eliason; North Museum; P.O. Box 3003; Lancaster, PA 17604; voicemail: (717) 291-4315; email: nmastro@ptd.net

May 30 - June 3, 1999; AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY (AAS); Chicago, Illinois; Contact Richard Kron (rich@oddjob.uchicago.edu)

June 22 - 26, 1999 SEPA; Jacksonville, Florida at The Museum of Science and History, Alexander Brest Planetarium; Planetarium Director Patrick McQuillan. Cost: $140 per conference attendee. Plus 1999 SEPA dues. Registration includes most meals, dinner cruise on Wednesday evening and trip to KSC on Thursday. includes a guided tour of the Space Station Processing Building and exhibits, the Vehicle Assembly Building (may see a shuttle begin processed), and the launch pad. Space shuttle Columbia will be on the pad with the Chandra X-ray Telescope in the cargo bay. For registration packet, call the Museum of Science and History and ask for a registration packet (904) 396-7062 ext 253, 234 or 242. Or go to SEPA's website, download the forms: http://www.sepadomes.org/ Workshops: Planets 101 - An Introduction to Planetary Geology (Session 2); Space Music 101 - Space Songs for Kids (Session 1). --Patrick McQuillan, Planetarium and Challenger Learning Center Director

July 1 - 7, 1999 ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC (ASP) -- Toronto, Canada; Contact L. Keechler (lkeechler@aspsky.org)

July 12 - 16, 1999, Summer Program in Planetarium Operations (click here for more details), Ball State University; Cost: about $360 for both in-state and out-of-state students. On-campus housing is available. For more information contact: Ronald Kaitchuck; Dept. of Physics & Astronomy; Ball State University; Muncie, IN 47306; 765-285-8871; E-mail: 00rhkaitchuc@bsuvc.bsu.edu

October 2 - 5, 1999, ASTC; Tampa, Florida

October 2nd, 1999 The Fall '99 Meeting of FlorPlan will held at our humble establishment, the Seminole Community College Planetarium in Sanford, Florida (just the other side of Orlando from the guy with the ears.) If you are planning to come, please let me know as soon as possible, particularly if you will need to spend the night. While we plan to have no fee for the meeting itself, we should be able to group rates at a nearby hotel if there are enough of you needing them. Let me know, Laurent Pellerin, Operations & Production, Seminole Community College Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, Florida 32773-6199; 407 328 2409; pelleril@mail.seminole.cc.fl.us October 8 - 11, 1999, DIGISTAR USERS GROUP; Phoenix, Arizona; Arizona Science Center, Dorrance Planetarium; Planetarium Manager Ryan Wyatt

October 10 Italian Planetaria's Friends Association (IPFA) XIV Conference in San Giovanni in Persiceto (near Bologna). Italian projector model in a 9 meter dome. Also public Observatory.

October 13 - 16, 1999 Desert Skies '99 Conference at the Dorrance Planetarium at the Arizona Science Center Phoenix, Arizona. Regional Participants (as of May 1, 1998): Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association, SouthWest Association of Planetariums, Pacific Planetarium Association. Other Invited Regionals: Great Plains Planetarium Association, Great Lakes Planetarium Association. Events: papers, workshops, shows, great food, great speakers, and a fantastic view of the night sky! Located in downtown Phoenix, the science center's new 150,000-square-foot facility opened its doors in April 1997, and has a large-screen Iwerks theatre and more than 350 interactive exhibits. The Dorrance Planetarium boasts a Digistar projector, Sky-Skan interactive system, and five multimedia video projectors and a wide array of slide technology and special effects. Conference Web page at http://www.azscience.org/DesertSkies.html Ryan Wyatt, Dorrance Planetarium Manager (602-716-2077; wyatt@earthling.net), Christine Shupla, Dorrance Planetarium Assistant Manager (602-716-2078; shuplac@azscience.org)

October 20-23, 1999, GLPA -- The 35th annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, hosted by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, a part of Kalamazoo Valley Community College located in downtown Kalamazoo at 230 North Rose Street. The conference hotel will be the Radisson Plaza hotel, located one block south of the museum at the intersection of West Main and Rose Streets. Special activities will be held for people working with small and portable planetariums. Conference highlights include: Dr. James Kaler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign presenting the 1999 Astronomy Update and the prestigious Armand N. Spitz Lecture; Dr. Bernhard Beck, DePaul University, speaking about Origins, Structure of the Universe, and Sun Earth Connections programs of NASA; Dr. John Percy, University of Toronto, speaking about Astronomy Education Partnerships; Dr. C. Robert O'Dell, Rice University, speaking about Exploring the Orion Nebula with the Hubble Space Telescope. People wishing registration materials or more information should contact: Eric Schreur, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, P.O. Box 4070, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070 (616) 373-7978, ESCHREUR@gwgate.kvcc.edu

Nov. 20 - Nov. 23, 1999 -- ILDA'99 Conference, hosted by Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida; Includes Trade Show, Advanced Technology Workshops, evening event at Epcot, business Meeting, Design and production Workshops; Contact: International Laser Display Association; 4301 32nd Street West, Suite B-23; Bradenton, FL 34205 USA; fax: 941-758-1605; phone: 941-758-6881; email: ildadirect@aol.com; WWW: http://www.ilda.wa.org


Abbreviations:
AANC: Astronomical Association of Northern California
AAPT: American Association of Physics Teachers
AAS: American Astronomical Society
ADP: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutschsprachiger Planetarien
ASP: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASTC: Association of Science and Technology Centers
BAP: British Association of Planetaria
GLPA: Great Lakes Planetarium Association
GPPA: Great Plains Planetarium Association
ILDA: International Laser Display Association
IPS: International Planetarium Society
MAPS: Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society
NSTA: National Science Teachers Association
NPA: Nordic Planetarium Association
PPA: Pacific Planetarium Association
RMPA: Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association
SWAP: Southwestern Association of Planetariums
SEPA: Southeast Planetarium Association
WIMPS Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota section of GLPA
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