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What is the International Planetarium Society?
The International Planetarium Society will be the creative and supportive resource for innovation, advancement, and cooperation among the planetariums worldwide.
Mission—Why do we exist?
To provide the planetarium community professional development, science literacy and arts/humanities awareness, innovative ideas, and partnerships in order to enhance the world’s appreciation and understanding of our universe.
Values—What do we stand for?
Science as a way to understand the world; Inclusivity of and respect for cultures; Sharing knowledge; Openness to discovery and new ideas; Service excellence; Leadership in our field.
The International Planetarium Society is the global association of planetarium professionals. Its nearly 500 members come from 50 countries around the world. They represent schools, colleges and universities, museums, and public facilities of all sizes, including both fixed and portable planetariums.
The primary goal of the Society is to encourage the sharing of ideas among its members through conferences, publications, and networking. By sharing their insights and creative work, IPS members become better planetarians.
IPS membership is open to anyone interested in planetariums. Members include directors, teachers, technicians, writers, artists, media specialists, digital artists and producers, presenters, vendors, scientists, students, sponsors, and simply friends and fans of the planetarium dome and its starry sky.
More than 20 regional and national planetarium associations from around the world are affiliated with IPS. Representatives from those affiliates, together with the elected officers, make up the Executive Council, the ruling body of the organization.
Who are the elected officers of IPS, and what other planetarium organizations around the world are affiliated with it? These pages tell you who they, where they are located and how to contact them.
How is an organization like IPS governed? These pages provide a background on what helps keep the organization running smoothly.
Like any other professional group, IPS has a variety of committees that conduct various projects within our set organizational goals. This page shows what they are, their purpose and who to contact.
Links to election issues and candidates statements during election years.
Originally founded in 1970, IPS has decades of planetarium history behind it. This page points out some of the highlights from the past to be used as a gauge against the organization's future progress.
Interested in working in the planetarium profession, or just looking to change jobs? This page can help you find what is currently available around the world and where to apply. This feature is available only to IPS members.
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