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Matthias Rode, Derek Demeter, and Tilo Hohenschlaeger at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College. Demeter hosted Matthias and Tilo in 2017 for the first year of the A Week in the United States exchange. In turn, Matthias and Tilo hosted Derek in 2019 in Germany, a trial run before officially inaugurating the Week With the GDP program.
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 A Week With the GDP.
Applications for the 2020 competition are being accepted between now and 31 December.
A planetarium in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland will host a planetarium colleague from another country for the week, which will be arranged to best fit the schedules of the winner and the host facility.
A Week With the GDP expands the professional development initiative started in 2017 with A Week in the United States and is supported by IPS as an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange. It is offered under the auspices of the International Relations Committee.
Both are modeled on the long-running and successful An Astronomical Experience in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator. It is hoped that "A Week in" will serve as a model for other countries to follow and, as the years pass, evolve into cultural and professional development exchange around the globe.
Letters of interest explaining why you wish to be considered for this experience are requested from educators and/or astronomers who work with any of the various models of planetariums and who are comfortable making presentations in English or German. (Specifically, applicants should expect that all lessons and presentations will be conducted in English or German while at the host planetarium.)
Applications are accepted from all countries of the world.
For your initial application, please also provide:
The winner will be asked
In addition, the winner will
Send your application by 31 December to
After the application:
A committee of judges composed of representatives from the host planetarium and IPS Regional Affiliates will review each applicant’s submission and choose the winners. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions no later than February.
For more information, please see the A Week With the GDP FAQ.
Note: By applying for this contest, you agree to release copyright of your original script and recordings and release the works under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License which makes your work public domain (creativecommons.org).