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IPS Vision 2020 Initiative

Vision 2020 logo
Vision 2020 Strategic Plan (PDFs): Chinese - English - Japanese - Korean - Russian - Spanish
Vision 2020 white papers: 
Goal #1Improve and increase professional development efforts that are based on research and best practices (e.g. summer schools, KAVLI Institute).
Goal #2Strengthen ties with the professional scientific community in the field of astronomy and other space sciences (e.g. ESO, NASA, ESA, NAOJ) to bring current research and discoveries to our audiences through immersive data visualization on our domes.
Goal #3Expand international collaborations in recognition of the more global nature of our society and increase media attention to foster enhanced financial support.
Goal #4Gain greater recognition for IPS members’ efforts and results, especially as related to STEM or STEAM education.
Goal #5Provide support and leadership in transitioning to next-generation planetaria design, technologies and content development.
Goal #6Encourage and attract younger members to become involved in the future of the IPS, particularly in serving or contributing in leadership roles around the world.
[Invitations to Vision2020 Survey (surveys completed 2014 December 15):
    Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish]


  • Strategic document to guide IPS forward to meet changing needs and challenges
  • To include feedback and perspective from all members and related vendors/partners
  • To better serve and support IPS membership over the next ten years
  • To provide IPS opportunity to grow and better support its membership throughout the world

Strategic Planning Process

  • Engage all interested stakeholders
  • Develop strategies and mandates to accomplish goals (begin formulating vision, mission, value statements)
  • Methods for developing strategies to achieve goals: Objectives – Action Plans –
  • Begin implementing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis

V2020 will be achieved by accomplishing how best to:

  • Improve & increase professional development efforts
  • Strengthen ties with professional astronomy & space scientific community
  • Expand international collaborations
  • Gain greater recognition for IPS members
  • Enhance financial support
  • Provide leadership in transitioning to next-generation planetaria

Timeline for accomplishment: 3-5 years (V2020 doc.)


Action to be taken to complete the goal
  • To be measured quantitatively
  • Accomplished within specified timeline
  • Planning Team accountability
  • Conduct SWOT survey and complete analysis for presentation to Council


Photo of Jon Elvert


Jon W. Elvert, Chair
225.278.4956 (cell)

V2020 Planning Team

Karrie Berglund - head of goal #1
Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.
Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS)
Landline: 360.616.8915

Mark SubbaRao, Ph.D. - head of goal #2
Director, Space Visualization Lab, Adler Planetarium
Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Univ. of Chicago
Landline: 312.322.0348

Ruth Coalson - head of goal #3
Business Development Manager, NSC Creative
Landline: +0116.2582101

Jaap Vreeling - head of goal #4
Nova Informatie centrum
Landline: +310.20.525.7480

Dan Tell - head of goal #5
Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Science
Landline: 415-379-8000

Mark Watson - head of goal #6
Techniquest Glyndwr
Glyndwr University
Landline: +44.1978.2934.00

Ad Hoc Team Members:
Maciej Ligowski <>
Monika Malinowska <>
Copernicus Science Centre

V2020 Advisory Group

Prof. Rajiv Uttamchandani
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles
M.S., Physics, Astrophysics
Director of STEAM Education Initiatives
Faculty, Department of Liberal Arts And Sciences
Cell: 818.391.0019

Kevin Govender
IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Landline: +27 (0) 21 460 9350
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 487 8466
Skype: kevindran

Dan Neafus
Planetarium Operations Manager
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Landline: 303.370.8352

Anita M. Sohus
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Landline: 818.354.6613

Lars Lindberg Christensen
Head Education & Public Outreach Dept, ESO
IAU Press Officer, IAU Commission 55 President
Landline: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621
Skype: lars_lindberg_christensen

Oded E. Kindermann
Landline: +54 388 1558 26345

Robert Firmhofer
Director, Copernicus Science Centre
Landline: +48 22 596 41 25

Chee-kuen Yip
Macao Science Center (Advisor to the President)
Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres
International Program Committee of Science Centre World Summit

Doug Roberts
WorldWide Telescope Architect/Microsoft Research
Adjunct Associate Prof. at Northwestern University

Pedro Russo
Universe Awareness International Project Manager
Leiden University
International Astronomical Union
+31 71 527 8419


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