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February 2020 IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 10 — FEBRUARY 2020


Register for IPS 2020 Now!
Edmonton, Canada

Why pay extra? The IPS 2020 Early Bird conference registration is February 28th.

Register now at:

For the first time, the IPS Conference will feature four additional Mini-Conferences!
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Have you registered for IPS 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada yet? If not, book a few extra days and attend the following mini-conferences:

  • On June 18 & 19 relax and enjoy an action packed Fulldome Showcase: over 60 film submissions have been received and final selections are being made right now.
  • A mini-IMERSA Day takes place on June 20 where the theme will be “The Many Facets of Immersive Storytelling”.
  • Sign up for LIPS on June 21 which will lead right into the opening reception for the IPS Conference.
  • The fourth and final mini-conference happens on the last day of IPS 2020. On Thursday, June 25, GSCA will feature films in the IMAX theatre.

Register today! Some mini-conferences do have attendance limits.

Wisdome contest
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There is still time to submit to the Wisdome Contest. The goal of Wisdome is to be a festival of scientific and/or data-inspired dome movies for a public audience. Submissions are encouraged from a wide array of backgrounds, ranging from academic institutions to digital science centers and beyond. Movie submissions should be targeted at the general public and aim to educate about science in general, a particular scientific aspect or discovery, or the Scientific Method in general. These submissions should be predominantly aimed at the educated general public that might visit a science center and wishes to learn more about the world around us.

Fore more information check the call for entries here.

IAU Launches North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development
Map of some of the IAU offices

The North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD) was officially established on 29 January 2020 at a signing ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was attended by the President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and by representatives from all the other Regional Offices and marked the formation of the 11th ROAD. The North American Regional Office will be operated by a consortium comprising the Adler Planetarium, Associated Universities Inc. (AUI), the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS).

Check out the news release here.

Five Year Astronomy Outreach in Namibia
Image credit: Patrick Hendry via Unsplash

The outreach, which commences this month, presents students with an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about astronomy and science, according to Lisho Mundia, director of research and innovation at Namibia’s Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation. Expectations are that some of these students will join the proposed African Millimeter Telescope(AMT) project in the country as engineers and scientists in the nearest future. AMT, according to the director, could also bring about immense benefits to infrastructure, such as better transportation that could support existing Astro-tourism activity in the country. An international panel consisting of scientists working on millimetre-wave telescopes, and experts from Namibia’s engineering society, certified the project after it passed its preliminary design review phase and got the heads up to proceed with its activities.

For more information see: Namibian astronomers to embark on a 5 year outreach for students and teachers.

Northern Ireland astrophysicist hoping to shed new light on the Sun
Photo credit: Professor Louise Harra is in Orlando, preparing for the launch of a pioneering space mission

Professor Louise Harra is among a team of scientists at Cape Canaveral for the launch of the Solar Orbiter. She tells Linda Stewart how a childhood trip to Armagh Planetarium sparked her lifelong interest in space exploration - and about the exciting discoveries this mission could make. Read the full article here.

Earth Day Network seeks partnerships
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Earth Day Network is an environmental nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which is coordinating several environmental education initiatives for Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. This is an opportunity to partner by connecting planetariums with ideas and resources to celebrate Earth Day!

Here's how to get involved:

2020 can be a year of unprecedented action and stewardship!

Important Dates

IPS 2020 Conference Early Bird Prices End February 28, 2020

Wisdome contest extended deadline:

  • Abstracts: March 6th, 2020
  • Papers and movies: March 13, 2020

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