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Membership Benefits

Here are explanations of benefits that are delineated by member type in the table at the bottom of this page:

  • Planetarian: IPS members receive the society's professional quarterly journal (March, June, September, December), filled with insightful articles and a wide range of feature columns and other items.
  • Conferences: Biennial IPS conferences (even numbered years) bring together hundreds of planetarium professionals for paper sessions, invited speakers, workshops, panel discussions, vendor demonstrations and exhibits. Members receive the member rate for registration.
  • The IPS Directory: The IPS members directory is a comprehensive database of hundreds of IPS members, planetariums, institutions, corporations, and companies worldwide. It is only available to members with members-only access (signed in) to the IPS website.
  • Members-only web resources: The IPS website contains a members-only section, which contains access to the most recent issue of Planetarian and other resources, including access to the IPS Membership Directory.
  • Working with IPS colleagues: IPS, as a member-driven society, has many ad-hoc committees devoted to a variety of areas of interest to planetarians. Volunteers are recruited by the committee chairs. If a committee fits your interest, you are invited to contact the chair and offer your service. As a member, you can actively shape the future of IPS and the planetarium profession.
  • Global Projects: IPS sponsors a number of global projects designed to spread education and help planetariums around the world.
  • Voting Rights: As outlined in the By-Laws (Article III. Section 4), members shall be entitled to one vote in person, by proxy, by mail (postal or electronic), or fax as may be appropriate at any question pertaining to the society.
  • Recognition in Planetarian: Corporate members may submit a one page update once per year on their latest developments for publication in Planetarian. Must coordinate with Planetarian Editor and the Publication Chair.
  • Listed on the IPS website: As corporate members using their logos as a link to their web pages. Must coordinate with Membership Chair and IPS Webmaster.

* Note: In the table below, benefits for Individual also apply for Retired/Emeritus and Employee of Institutional or Corporate Member membership types.

Membership Type 



Business Associate

Student/ Career Starter






Up to 3 staff from institution may attend

Unlimited staff from organization may attend

Members-only web resources

Working with colleagues, global projects

Voting Rights

Recognition in Planetarian

Listed on the IPS website



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