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IPS Conferences
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IPS conferences are held on even-numbered years in the venues of state-of-the-art facilities around the world, and are superb events for any IPS member to progress in their planetarium professional knowledge and skills. IPS members, through their Affiliate Representatives, determine the sites of the Biennial Conferences.


Here's a taste—video welcome to IPS2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (courtesy Robin Sip, Mirage 3D):

Upcoming Conferences

18–25 June 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Congratulations to the team from TELUS World of Science - Edmonton for presenting their updated bid during the 2017 IPS Council meeting and being selected as the site for the 2020 conference.

Council also expressed appreciation to the other bidders, Houston, Texas, USA and Bogota, Columbia, for their bids and encourages them to bid again for future conferences.

We are aiming to have the conference website (as pages linked to this page) and registration for the conference ready by April 2019 with actual costs of registration (in U. S. dollars) available at that time.

The domain name has been obtained for this conference.

Past Conferences

Cite de l'espace at night. Photo by Thomas Kraupe.

The 24th IPS Conference was held July 1-5 at
Cité de l’espace in Toulouse, France. 

Cite de l'espace at night.
Photo by Thomas Kraupe.

All details are available at the conference website.
There are over 1000 conference photos.

To read more, check out Planetarian articles from December 2015 and June 2017

The dome at Cite de l'espace in Toulouse


Apply for an IPS Conference Stipend

It is possible to apply for a stipend to cover the cost of the conference registration.
More information is available on the Stipend page.


To bring IPS to your city...

gavel imageIf you are interested in proposing to host a future IPS conference, please contact the IPS President for further information and read the Guideline Packet for Potential Bidders (PDF or .docx). The packet is Appendix C of the IPS Standing Rules. There are 3 parts to the document:
  1. Letter to Prospective Conference Host
  2. Conference Invitation Submission - How to Submit an Invitation to Host an IPS Conference
  3. Conference Guidelines -
    The IPS Biennial Conference Guidelines

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