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2019 Candidate Statements - Asia
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Statements from IPS Board Candidates in the Asia Region

Vote for no more than two; ballot available 1 Oct 2019.

photo of Jin Zhu

I became curator of Beijing Planetarium, as well as director of Beijing Ancient Observatory and chief editor of Amateur Astronomer magazine, in September 2002. During the past 17 years, I have been involved in different aspects of planetarium management, mainly on astronomy outreach, including lectures and public talks, astronomy clubs, organizing observation activities, planetarium shows, and exhibitions, etc. I introduced and promoted the Astronomy Olympiad in China since 2003.

In 2007, we set up the planetarium committee under the Chinese Associations of Natural Science Museums, and I have been the director of this committee since then. Currently, I am the chief scientist of Science Communication Center of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, director of the popularization committee of the Chinese Astronomy Society, a member of IAU Committee for Small Body Nomenclature, and an IPS Council member.

The IPS members in Asia, especially in China, are not too numerous at this moment, and I’m trying my best with my colleagues to increase the number of IPS members in the region as quickly as possible and serve the community with my all efforts.

Nominated by: Chinese Planetarium Society

photo of Sumito Hirota

I am honored to be nominated by the Japan Planetarium Association as a board member of IPS. This is a big chance for me to contribute for IPS and world planetarium community.

I have been working for planetariums since 1995, and have been a member of IPS since 1996. I have served as a representative of Japan Planetarium Association for IPS since 2017.

I studied physics at Tokyo Metropolitan University, and also completed a museum study course. My master's degree in astronomy and science communication is from Open University of Japan.

My career in the planetarium started at Kohtoh Children’s Hall Planetarium, Tokyo in 1995 as a planetarium instructor. I moved to Discovery Park Yaizu Planetarium, Shizuoka in 1997, and worked there for 17 years from the time that it opened.

I have served as a curator of astronomy at Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum since 2014. Also, I am a member of the editorial staff of the Japan Council of Science Museums, and a member of steering committee of the Astronomical Consortium of Japan.

The main part of my work is live presentation. I make live shows every month. I am researching planetarium technology to make good use of its function and possibility for our shows.

As a planetarian of Asia, I think it is very important to make a network among Asian planetarians because there are many planetariums, but there are a few members of IPS. Furthermore, there are many different languages and different cultures in Asia. We don't know about planetariums in another country, even if it is next to own country. Therefore, I think a growth in membership of IPS from Asia is one of the most important issues.

If I become a board member of IPS, I will cooperate with the officers and other board members for smooth management of IPS, and I will try to make a network within the Asian planetarium community. I believe that exchanges among Asian planetarians will be helpful for activities of planetarium in the world. I will do my best to make the planetarium community and IPS better.

Nominated by: Japan Planetarium Association

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