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Officers of International Planetarium Society are elected by the members of the organization in accordance with the Standing Rules and By-Laws of the IPS.

Officers elected during 2016 balloting took office on 2017 January 1:

  • President Elect: Mark SubbaRao
  • Executive Secretary: Rachel Thompson
  • Treasurer: Ann Bragg

Here is a summary of the changes:

Office 2015-2016 2017-2018
Past President Thomas Kraupe Joanne Young
President Joanne Young Shawn Laatsch
President Elect Shawn Laatsch Mark SubbaRao
Exec Secretary Lee Ann Hennig Rachel Thompson
Treasurer Ann Bragg Ann Bragg

International Planetarium Society
Current Officers


Shawn Laatsch
Emera Astronomy Center
167 Rangeley Road
Orono Maine USA 04469
Phone: +1 207 581 1341

Shawn Laatsch

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017! As the new year begins there is a “changing of the guard” with the IPS officers and, of course, the work of the society continues. My sincerest gratitude and thanks to Lee Ann Hennig and Thomas Kraupe for their service as officers. Welcome to our newest officers Mark SubbaRao and Rachel Thompson.

Thank you for your willingness to serve our organization. The IPS is a member organization and I encourage you to take part in your society by sharing your talents. Please consider writing an article for Planetarian, volunteering for one of the committees, or serving in other ways. Thank you for this opportunity to serve, and do let me know your ideas for the society and ways we can assist the planetarium community.

Past President

Joanne Young
Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc.
6565 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite 2
Orlando, Florida USA 32822
+1 407 859 8166 phone
+1 407 859 8254 fax
+1 321 961 6961 cell

Joanne Young

I am looking forward to the next two exciting years working alongside our new officer team: Shawn Laatsch, Ann Bragg, Rachel Thompson and Mark SubbaRao, implementing new plans and initiatives for 2017-2018.

Exciting doesn’t mean easy. As with any successful plan, there has to be one person responsible for leading their team, setting milestones, making adjustments as issues develop, instructing team members, coaching and communicating throughout implementation.

The officers, committee chairs, regional representatives, Vision 2020 members, and Planetarian editor are the IPS leadership. Considering that we are an all-volunteer society, our new initiatives are going to require greater effort than ever before. I’m honored to be working with our volunteers to create greater value for you, our IPS members.


Mark SubbaRao
Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago Illinois USA 60605
Phone: +1 312 294 0348

Mark SubbaRao photo

I want to sincerely thank you for all the support and encouragement that I’ve received both before and after the election. As I begin my term as President-Elect my initial goal will be to learn as much as I can from all of you. I’d like to encourage all IPS members to contact me ( with your ideas, hopes and fears for our organization and the planetarium field in general. Understanding the different challenges that our community is facing will help me represent you as well as I can.

I’m very excited about the upcoming Data to Dome workshop being held in Tokyo, March 2-3. This workshop is jointly hosted by IPS and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. I hope to see some of you there, but for those who can’t make it the workshop content will make its way into online content and articles in Planetarian for everyone to enjoy.

Executive Secretary

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson


Happy New Year Planetarians! Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as IPS secretary. It is a pleasure to share in the advocacy for the planetarium environment with you and the officer team. The IPS inspires and encourages members in the best expressions of astronomical and scientific research; those universal stories that connect us all, allow audiences' minds to soar, and imagine the best possible for future for the next generation of scientists.


Treasurer and Membership Chair

Ann Bragg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Director, Anderson Hancock Planetarium
Marietta College
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA
+1 740-376-4589

Ann Bragg photo

Happy New Year! I look forward to continuing to serve as your Treasurer and Membership Chair!

Now is the time to renew expired memberships, which can be done right here on the IPS website! If your membership has expired, you will automatically be given the option to “Renew Your Membership Now” when you log in. If you don’t see this option, just select the “Membership Info” option from the main navigation menu and then “Renew Membership” from the submenu. Click on “Securely Renew Your Membership Now” and complete payment information at the bottom of the screen. If you wish to pay by check or bank transfer, select the “Check/Money Order” option.

Whether you are renewing this year or continuing with a two-year individual membership, please be sure to double-check your contact information in the “Profile” section of the website. Your print copies of the Planetarian will be sent to this address.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with any membership matters, including assistance with renewals or with logging in to the website.

Thomas Kraupe photo

Final words from our retiring officers

Thomas Kraupe, retiring Past President

It is time for me to leave the team of officers—but with a sense of pride about initiating and pushing forward IPS Vision 2020, and with confidence, that, along with new committees and the IPS fulldome festival, this initiative is in good hands. My sincere thanks go to my fellow officers Joanne Young, Lee Ann Hennig, Ann Bragg, and Shawn Laatsch, to IPS Council, all committee chairs, and IPS members. These marvelous people and the great new team of officers coming onboard January 1 2017 deserve your respect and continued support!

As member and activist for the “I” in IPS, I will continue to advocate for these human aspects of our theaters, making it necessary to go beyond science and embrace also the arts: bringing artists and their views into our domes, widening our storytelling and our creative potential for communicating with our citizens.

My own planetarium in Hamburg will reopen in February 2017 after some major expansion to both the building and its technical capabilities. You can be sure that I will not hesitate and go on to work on such concepts of a planetarium being the stage for a global network of explorers and artists, where people from around the world come together to learn about our world and our future on this pale blue dot and beyond.

Dear friends, I look forward to seeing you soon and learning from your ideas, dreams and strategies. It was you who made this whole endeavor as IPS officer so rewarding, so it truly was an honor serving you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and such a great time!

Lee Ann Hennig photo

Lee Ann Hennig, retiring Executive Secretary

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve IPS.

Affiliate Organizations

See also detailed listing of IPS Affiliate Organizations.

Current Affiliates (date of affiliation)

Association of Brazilian Planetariums (ABP) (2007)
Association of Dutch Speaking Planetariums (ADSP) (2002)
Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF) (1993)
Association of Mexican Planetariums (AMPAC) (1984)
Association of Spanish Planetariums (APLE) (2001)
Australasian Planetarium Society (APS) (1999)
British Association of Planetaria (BAP) (1978)
Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) (1996)
Chinese Planetarium Society (CPS) (2011)
European/Mediterranean Planetarium Association (EMPA) (1978)
Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)
Great Plains Planetarium Association (GPPA)
Italian Association of Planetaria (IAP) (1992)
Japan Planetarium Association (JPA) (1993) (2007)
Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS)
Nordic Planetarium Association (NPA) (1986)
Pacific Planetarium Association (PPA)
Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association (RMPA)
Russian Planetariums Association (RPA) (1994)
Society of German-Speaking Planetariums (GDP) (1994)
Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA)
Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP)

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