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September 2019 IPS Communicator-Extra
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 5.1 — September 2019


Deadlines are coming

June 2020 might seem to be far away, but deadlines for IPS 2020 in Edmonton are fast approaching. In this special issue of Communicator, we

  • Remind you about Conference Deadlines and walk you through the abstract submission process
  • Alert you to the new deadline for stipend applications: 15 October
  • Make another call for Centennial Logo Designs submissions (now with a new incentive to enter); deadline 7 October
  • Invite you to spend a Week With the GDP (Think: Swiss Alps, Black Forest, Edelweiss

IPS 2020 Logo

Quick Look:

  • Early bird registration expires on 30 September 2019
  • Abstract & Poster Submission Deadline: 15 October 2019
  • Notification of abstract and poster acceptance: 15 December 2019
  • Deadline to confirm or decline presentaton: 1 March 2020
  • Presenter registration details must be complete by 15 April 2020
  • Deadline for submission of full papers for proceedings: 1 June 2020


Use the Big Sky Forum!

You know the dates. Now how do you submit an abstract? The process is an unfamiliar one. To help, we've prepared a How to submit an IPS 2020 Abstract. You can download the document as a word document, a plain text file, or as a PDF file. The links are:

Word Document

Text File

PDF File

Stipend Application

The IPS website has been updated and the change is important: the deadline for making an application for a stipend to cover the cost of the conference registration is 15 October, 2019.

(Conference registration is $479 until 30 September 2019; it is $499 after that date.)

 That means that if you are planning to apply for the stipend, you must act quickly.

Go to the Stipend page for full details.

Attention: Designers! (But act fast)

The Centennial of the planetarium is rushing at us, and more designs are needed for the logo that will represent the celebration! We have many talented design people within our ranks--here is your chance to have your design seen around the world and in all publicity for the year. We are working on applying for official "2024 Year of the Planetarium" status through UNESCO, so who knows how many people will see your design.

The design should, of course, invoke planetariums, our history, and our future.

From the Centennial Task Force:

A number of activities are planned for the upcoming Centennial of the planetarium, which should be visibly linked all using the same logo. IPS is seeking ideas for such a Centennial Of The Planetarium logo! All suggestions are welcome; there are no requirements for the content or style; just "technical" requirements:
  • a monochromatic and a color version should be created; both in a version for print and for online use;
  • IPS would be granted the full rights to use the logo;
  • should your proposal be picked as a finalist, you would be available to work with us to refine the proposal if needed

Should you have any question, please contact us at: READ MORE: Complete details are on the Planetarium Centennial Task Force page.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 8 October 2019.

New: The winning designer receives a one-year membership (new or renewal) in IPS.

Value document translated

Languages The Value of Education in the Planetarium has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and French, and more languages are on the way. If you would like to get more involved in IPS and do not know how, here is your chance: volunteer to add more languages for this document!

A reminder: This document is intended to be freely available as a service to anyone and everyone. Its most important use is to make a case for keeping a planetarium open or for upgrading.

But, it also can be used for publicity or to those people who open your doors looking for the plants or the fish. (And who hasn't had this happen to them?)

READ MORE: You can find all the documents on the Value of the Planetarium page.


The GDP Wants You!

EidelweissImagine: a week of professional development that could take you to the Swiss Alps, the sight of delicate Eidelweiss, or the German Black Forest.

Now imagine gracious hosts, funds toward your airfare, and time to immerse yourself in planetarium culture.

This, briefly, is “A Week With the GDP,” the newest professional and cultural development opportunity sponsored by IPS.

Intrigued? READ MORE: Go to the Week with the GDP page at Don't take too long, however: Applications are being accepted between now and 31 December.



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