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How to Nominate for IPS Awards
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Call for 2020 IPS Awards and Fellows Nominations

Deadline for 2020 Awards and Fellows nominees: 1st of June 2019.
See also:  Fellow nomination form.

Manos Kitsonas, Awards Committee Chair —
IPS Awards Committee members: Kris McCall at Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College ( and Tatsuyuki Arai at Katsushika city museum Planetarium (

The time has come to nominate people or institutions for the 2020 IPS Awards and Fellowships. The next awards will be given and Fellows named at the IPS Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, scheduled for 18-25 June.

IPS Council will decide which persons or institutions will be honored at the next council meeting in Reykavik, Iceland, 22-23 June this year. The decisions will be based on the Awards Committee presentations regarding each potential candidate.

Nominations for the 2020 awards and Fellows must therefore reach the Awards Committee by the 1st of June 2019.

IPS Awards that require nominations from the members are the following:

  1. The IPS Service Award. This, according to IPS Standing Rules “shall be bestowed, from time to time, by the Society upon an individual or institution whose presence and work in the planetarium field has been, through the years, an inspiration to the profession and its members.” Since 1982 there have been 23 people awarded with the IPS Service Award.

  2. The IPS Technology and Innovation Award. This “shall be bestowed, from time to time, by the Society upon an individual whose technology and/or innovations in the planetarium field have been, through the years, utilized or replicated by other members and/or other planetariums.”

For both these Awards the nominees must have a broad, deep and concrete effect in the profession and its development.

IPS Fellows. Deserving IPS members can be named IPS Fellows. For this, the IPS Standing Rules state that “a member must have continuous active membership in good standing in IPS for at least five years and substantial contributions in at least two of the following respects:

  1. Serving IPS in effective office, diligent and/or devoted committee work, and the organization of conferences and meetings.
  2. Relevant and significant publications and/or conference presentations.
  3. Cooperation with professional societies, organizations and groups which bring attention to the importance of planetariums’ existence.
  4. The development of new methods in the planetarium field.”

To submit nominations
Please send your nominations to my email address ( and include the reasons why you think your nominee should be awarded or named an IPS Fellow. 
For Fellow nominations, you may use the Fellow nomination form
Also, feel free to contact fellow members of the Awards Committee and your IPS Affiliation representative in case you want to get more information regarding rules and procedure.

I would like to encourage you to consider possible Awards or Fellows nominees not only from your region but from all over the world. More information regarding previous Awardees and Fellows can be found in the IPS Awards web page (

Complete rules are found on page 16 in IPS Bylaws and Standing Rules,

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