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August 2019 IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 4 — August, 2019


Candidates for new board seats
IPS Board

Nominations for candidates for seats on the new IPS Board have been received and verified. By region (with the number of seats to be filled), they are:

  • Africa (1): Susan Murabana Owen
  • Asia (2): Sumito Hirota, Jin Zhu
  • Europe (2): Björn Voss, Jiří Dušek, Kai Santavuori
  • Latin America (1): Alexandre Cherman
  • North America (2): Jean Creighton, Levent Gurdemir, Benjamin Mendelsohn, Dayna Thompson, Michele Wistisen
  • Oceania (1): Martin George

Short biographies of the candidates and voting information will appear in a special edition of the IPS Communicator later this month. 

EDI group now permanent
Two changes to the IPS standing rules have been approved by the IPS Council. Both of these changes reflect the growing importance that our organization is placing on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

The first change elevates the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group to the status of a standing committee.

The second change requires conference bidders to include a statement on EDI, and also requests that conference keynote speakers reflect the diversity of IPS.

Both of these changes were spurred by an open letter sent to the IPS leadership In light of the discussions following the 2022 IPS conference site selection. In that letter, invested IPS members  addressed concerns regarding EDI and proposed a plan of action. 

These votes make the rule changes necessary to pursue that plan of action. Other items in the letter will be taken up by the EDI standing committee. All interested IPS members are invited to join that committee and help move that work forward.

The IPS leadership would like to thank the letter writers for working constructively to help us build a better IPS.

Full statement originally posted in What's Up in IPS News. 


The “week in” professional development program grows!
Week in GDP

The Society of German-Speaking Planetariums (GDP) invites colleagues from around the world to join them for a week of professional development and cultural exchange for the second “A Week With the GDP” in 2020.

Applications are being accepted between now and 31 December.

For this program, a planetarium in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland will host a planetarium colleague from another country for the week. The host for 2020 is Tim Florian Horn and the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin.

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More adventures from our traveling planetarian
Bryant Gonzalez in Argentina

Bryant Gonzalez reports in from Argentina in the latest about his travels around South America. He visited the first digital planetarium in Argentina (located in a pyramid), found a dome specifically tied to a university's astronomy education, and discovered the Julio Verne planetarium (located in a dodecahedron). It was quite a visit of shapes!

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With a little help from our friends



The NASA-JPL Museum Alliance shares a wealth of 360 content for download.

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Dates to remember


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