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2019 Candidate Statements - Oceania
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Statement from IPS Board Candidate in Oceania

Please vote even though there is only one candidate; ballot available 1 Oct 2019.

Martin George

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I am delighted to have been nominated to represent Oceania on the International Planetarium Society Board, which is the new form of governance for the Society.

I have been a planetarian since 1983, as manager of the Launceston Planetarium in Tasmania, Australia. Even before that time, I was passionate about the communication of astronomy. For decades, in pursuing that aim, I have written newspaper articles and appeared on radio and television in Australia—and, on occasion, in other countries.

Most importantly for my IPS Board member candidacy, I have been a member of IPS since 1990, and since then I have attended all IPS conferences except those in 1992 and 1994. I have been pleased to serve the society as president in 2005-06 and have attended many IPS Council meetings as representative of the Australasian Planetarium Society. It was during my term as IPS president that IPS held its first southern hemisphere conference, in Melbourne in 2006.

I have been chair of the IPS International Relations Committee and the Elections Committee for many years.

My International Relations role in IPS has included “spreading the word” about IPS in many areas of the world that have low membership. Currently, this especially includes Thailand, where I have been working with Thai planetarians to encourage IPS involvement and the formation of a Thai Planetarium Society.

My Elections Committee role sees me overseeing the IPS election process together with other committee members. As of 2019, this role also involves overseeing the election of board members. I have been nominated as an IPS board member by the Australasian Planetarium Society even though I am also chair of the IPS Elections Committee. I shall therefore, of course, ensure that an independent scrutineer will verify all election results.

I have been of secretary of the Australasian Planetarium Society (APS) most years since its formation in 1998. Here in Australia and New Zealand, the planetarium community is a strong and friendly one. New planetariums are in planning, and the number of mobile planetariums is increasing.

The APS meets yearly at a planetarium venue in Australia or New Zealand, and attracts members from many different planetariums around the region. Our most recent conference took place in Adelaide in early 2019, and the next will be in Melbourne in early 2020.

As an IPS Board member, I shall increase my focus on IPS matters in the Australasian region and promote, through IPS, the planetarium industry in Oceania in general, as well as continuing to fulfil my other IPS obligations.

Nominated by: Australasian Planetarium Society

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