Past events


2012

3-5 February. 3rd IMERSA Fulldome Summit, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado, USA. Contact: Dan Neafus, dan.neafus@dmns.org

18 March. International Day of Planetaria. www.dayofplanetaria.org

March 20-21. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2012 European Film Expo Co-hosted by Euromax, Parc du Futuroscope, Poitiers, France.

March 22. Dome Day, La Géode, Paris, France. www.giantscreencinema.com

23-25 March. International seminar “60th anniversary of Kiev Planetarium”, Kiev Planetarium, Ukraine. Mail: kyivpla60@ukr.net; www.planet.org.ua

31 March. Deadline for application for scholarship funds (IPS support Baton Rouge Conference attendance by individuals). www.ips-planetarium.org

14-15 April. Brembate di Sopra, Bergamo, Italy. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXVII National Conference, Italy, and 2nd Full-Dome Italian Festival. During the conference Skype session for planetarians from other countries. www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

18-20 April, “Quality, Honesty and Beauty in science and technology communication”, PCST – International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, XII issue, Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.

3-5 May. Canadian Association of Science Centres, 10th Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm; Contact: ian@ianmclennan.com

5-7 May. ADP 2012, Annual meeting of German speaking planetaria, Planetarium Wolfsburg, Germany www.planetarium-wolfsburg.de

8-12 May: 6th FullDome Festival in the Jena Zeiss-Planetarium. Jena, Germany. The 6th FullDome Festival again will show full-length feature shows, lots of student works and clips of independent and professional producers. The main topic of the Festival will be "Dissolving Space" - How to use fulldome content to make the dome invisible. An international jury will present FullDome Awards for the best entries. Contact: Schorcht Volkmar, schorcht@zeiss.de

17-20 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Planétarium de Bretagne, Pleumeur-Bodou, France, France. www.aplf-planetariums.org

20 May. Annular solar eclipse (China, Japan, Pacific, w U.S).

31 May – 2 June. ECSITE Annual Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France www.ecsite.net

5-6 June. Transit of Venus.

11-15 July. ESOF 2012, Euroscience Open Forum, Dublin city of science 2012, www.dublinscience2012.ie

21-22 July. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), 2012 conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. www.sepadomes.org

21-22 June. Tecnoplanetario 2012, Spanish and Portugal Planetarium Meeting, Parc Astronòmic Montsec, Àger, Lleida, Spain. Contact: info@parcastronomic.cat
www.parcastronomic.cat

July, International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

21 July, International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

22-26 July. 21st International Planetarium Society Conference, Irene Pennington Planetarium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA www.IPS2012.com
IPS conference will U-Stream the opening ceremony, keynote speaker, business meeting, and paper sessions each day.

27-28 July. DomeFest, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. www.domefest.org
4-8 August. Communicating Science: A National Conference on Education and Public Outreach, annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Hilton Hotel, Tucson, Arizona, USA. http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

6-10 August. Spitz Summer Institute, Spitz, Inc. Chadds Ford (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, USA, annual event focusing on planetarium education. Includes instruction in Starry Night real time software, curriculum and live lessons/teaching with SciDome digital planetariums. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions. www.spitzinc.com/institute

7-9 August. Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium, University of Notre Dame's, Jordan Hall of Science and Digital Visualization Theater, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
Contact: Keith Davis, Director the Digital Visualization Theater. keith.davis.dvt@nd.edu, or call at (574) 631-3952, http://LIPSymposium.org

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a French Speaking Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with APLF. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

September. Second Edition of the Workshop of Fulldome Production, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Contact: alexandre.cherman@gmail.com

5-7 September. Symposium 2012 for Museum and Media professionals. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado, USA. Contact: Dan.neafus@dmns.org www.dmns.org

7-8 September. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), annual meeting, National Space Centre, Leicester, United Kigdom. Contact: Dr Jenny Shipway, president@planetaria.org.uk;

12-15 September. Digistar Users Group Conference, Evans & Sutherland, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. http://www.digistardomes.org/2012_Conference.html

13-16 September. Mae Jemison, astronaut, invites everyone to attend the 100 Year Starship 2012 Public Symposium, Houston, Texas, USA. 100yss.org

15 September. Deadline for the applicants of "A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

18-20 September. Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), International Conference and Trade Show, Esquire IMAX Theatre, Sacramento, California, USA.

21 September. Dome Day, The Tech Museum, San Jose, California, USA. www.giantscreencinema.com

30 September. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a British Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with BAP.

2-5 October. Workshop in Immersive Cinema (WIC), Espinho, Portugal. Organization Navegar Foundation. Contact: Lina Canas, lina@multimeios.pt

5-7 October. Immersive Film Festival (IFF), Espinho, Portugal. Organization Navegar Foundation. Contact: Lina Canas, lina@multimeios.pt

13-16 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), “Advancing the field of informal science education”, Annual Conference, COSI, Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio, USA. www.astc.org

24-27 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual conference, North Hills High School Planetarium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Contact: Susan Batson www.glpaweb.org

13 November. Total solar eclipse (n Australia, s Pacific).

16-17 November. FULLDOME UK, The National Space Centre, Leicester, United Kingdom. Contact: info@fulldome.org.uk www.fulldome.org.uk/

20- 24 November. XVII Meeting of the Association of Brazillian Planetarium, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. www.planetarios.org.br Contact: contato@planetarios.org.br

 

2011

18-19 March. MAPS (Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society) and PIPS event, Lockport, New York and Williamsville Space Lab, Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, USA. www.williamsvillek12.org/planetarium

20 March. International Day of Planetaria, www.dayofplanetaria.org

16-17 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXVI National Conference, Crespano del Grappa (Treviso) and Padova, Italy, Skype session for planetarians from other countries, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

4-7 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) Conference, Fort Washington Holiday Inn, Ft. Washington, PA, USA (near Philadelphia). Co-hosted by Henry W. Ray Special Experience Room, Warminster PA (Donald Knapp), Upper Dublin SD Planetarium, Dresher PA (Kim Small), and Edelman Planetarium, Glassboro NJ (Keith Johnson). Contact: Keith Johnson, johnsonk@rowan.edu, 856-256-4389. www.mapsplanetarium.org/conferences/.

8-9 May. Conference of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Annual Conference, Wien Planetarium, Austria, www.planetarium-wien.at

12-14 May. 5th FullDome Festival, Jena Zeiss Planetarium, www.zeiss.de/planetariums, planetarium@zeiss.de

26-28 May. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland. www.ecsite.net

2-5 June. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque (Nord), Palais de l’Univers et des Sciences (Le PLUS),-Cappelle-la-Grande, France. http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

9-11 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC/ ACCS), annual conference, including planetarium-related workshops, at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Ian McLennan, ian@ianmclennan.com

21-25 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), 2011 conference, Rollins Planetarium Young Harris, Georgia, USA. www.sepadomes.org

27-29 June. World Conference of Science Journalist, Cairo, Egypt. www.wcsj2011.org

1-2 July. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Nizhny Novgorod Planetarium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

18-22 July. Spitz Summer Institute, Spitz, Inc. Chadds Ford, PA, USA (near Philadelphia), annual event focusing on planetarium education. Includes beginner and advanced Starry Night instruction; planetarium curriculum discussion; presentation exercises/activities; digital media workshops; visitor demonstrations, etc. www.spitzinc.com/institute

26-30 July. Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums, Killeen, Texas (USA), www.wacdomes.org

30 July – 3 August. ASP Education and Public Outreach Conference, “Connecting People to Science” national conference, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore Maryland, USA. www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

31 July – 3 August. National Meeting on Science Education and Public Outreach, Baltimore, Maryland (USA). The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Geophysical Union and the Space Telescope Science Institute, is pleased to announce its 2011 national conference, "Connecting People to Science." http://www.astrosociety.org/2011meeting

9-11 August. Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS), Bremerton, Washington (USA), http://lipsymposium.org. Digitalis is hosting the conference, but it is open to anyone who does live, interactive planetarium programs, no matter what type of system they use. E&S is co-sponsoring.
Contact: Karrie Berglund, karrie@digitaliseducation.com

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a French Speaking Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with APLF. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

2-4 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Biennial Conference in Riga, Latvia. Conference host Dace Balode, dace@pagrabi.lv.

4-8 September. 6th Science Centre World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa. http://www.astc.org

9-10 September. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), AGM and conference,World Museum Planetarium, Liverpool, United Kigdom.
Contact: Shaaron Leverment, president@planetaria.org.uk

15 September. Deadline for the applicants of "A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

20-22 September. Giant Screen Cinema Association, GSCA 2011 International Conference and Trade Show, BOB Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
23 September, TX Dome Day, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, giantscreencinema.com

30 September. Deadline for the applicants of "An experience in Italy for a British Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with BAP. http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm

3-7 October. OA3: Planetaria - the public gate to modern space science, European Planetary Science Congress and DPS Meeting 2011, Cité Internationale des Congrès, Nantes, France http://meetings.copernicus.org/epsc-dps2011

10-14 October. The 4th conference in the series, ‘Communicating Astronomy with the Public’ will take place in Xiyuan Hotel, Beijing, China. Following the previous conferences, CAP2011 aims to conquer the online and social territory of outreach and train science communicators to engage with the people of today and tomorrow. The conference will also present the final statistics of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), as well as look at how outreach activities can be encouraged in the developing world.
http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2011/index.html

14-16 October. DomeFest 2011, Albuquerque e Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact: dbeining@unm.edu

15-18 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, USA. http://www.astc.org

19-22 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual conference, Holiday Inn 1001 Killarney street urbana, Illinois, hosted by the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, USA. Contact: David C. Leake, Planetarium Coordinator, Phone (217) 351-2567, fax (217) 351-2581 dleake@parkland.edu www.glpaweb.org

2-4 November. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Stardome Observatory, Auckland, New Zealand. www.digistardomes.org

15-20 November. Association of Brazilian Planetariums (ABP), Fortaleza, Brazil. http://www.planetarios.org.br

31 December. Deadline for IPS Eugenides Foundation Script contest. www.ips-planetarium.org

 

2010

28 February. Deadline for IPS Eugenides Foundation Script contest.

15-19, March. Conference “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2010”, Cape Town, South Africa, http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2010/index.html21, information@eso.org, capjournal@eso.org

21 March. International Day of Planetaria, www.dayofplanetaria.org

31 March. Deadline for application for scholarship funds (IPS support Alexandria Conference attendance by individuals).

17-18 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXV National Conference, Perugia, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

5-7 May. Canadian Association of Science Centres Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm

7-8 May. Annual Conference of the British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Intech Planetarium, Winchester, Great Britain.

13-16 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Yearly Meeting, Dijon, France. http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

19-22 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) Conference, University of Southern Maine-Southworth Planetarium in Portland, Maine, USA. Conference hosts: Jerry LaSala, Director, lasala@usm.maine.edu; Edward Gleason, Manager egleason@usm.maine.edu, (207) 780-4249, http://www.maps-planetarium.org/MapsMain/Pages/Conference.html

29-31 May. German Planetarium Association Annual Conference, Bochum, Germany.

3-5 June. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), DASA, Dortmund, Germany. Grant opportunity for attending Pre Conference and main Conference. www.ecsite.net

14-16 June. Japan Planetarium Society, JPA Conference, Sendai Astronomical Observatory, Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN. http://www.shin-pla.info/index.html
JPA contact: Kimura Kaoru - kaoru@jsf.or.jp

8-12 June. Novice Blender Workshop at Ott Planetarium, Ogden, Utah, USA. June 15-19, 2010 - Advanced Blender Workshop.
Registration is required. See: weber.edu/planetarium/training for more information.

8-12 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), Annual Conference, Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Information: sepadomes.org

24-25 June. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Alexandria, Egypt.

26-30 June. 20th International Planetarium Society Conference, Alexandria, Egypt. Contact: Omar Fikry, Ph.D., Head of Shows & programs Unit, Planetarium Science Center, Library of Alexandria, El Shatby, Alexandria 21526, Egypt, Tel: + 203-4839999 (Ext.1881), Fax: + 203-4820464, Omar.Fikry@bibalex.org, http://www.bibalex.org/ips2010

2-7 July. EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Turin, Italy, www.euroscience.org

11 July. Total solar eclipse

19- 23 July. Spitz Institute in Chadds Ford, PA, near Philadelphia. 5-days of instruction, covering every aspect of space-science teaching with digital tools including Starry Night software, SciDome, audio software. Visit www.spitzinc.com/institute, or call 610-459-5200.

20-24 July. Novice Blender Workshop at Ott Planetarium, Ogden, Utah, USA. July 27-31, 2010 - Advanced Blender Workshop.
Registration is required. See:weber.edu/planetarium/training for more information.

1-4 August. Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Symposium on "Earth & Space
Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach", Boulder, CO (USA). http://www.astrosociety.org/2010meeting

4-7 August. Western Alliance Planetarium Conference (GPPA, SWAP, RMPA, PPA) will be hosted in Omaha (Nebraska, USA) by the King Middle Magnet School Planetarium.
Contact: Jack Northrup, jlnorthrup@fbx.com, http://www.wac2010.info

17-20 August. 7th European Meeting for Small and Portable Planetariums. Ilpo Kuusela and Arto Oksanen of the Kallio Planetaario will host this conference in Finland. Contact: ilpo.kuusela@kallioplanetaario.fi, www.kallioplanetaario.fi, Tel. 358 50 3458080

22-24 September. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ, USA http://www.digistardomes.org

24-26 September. The Dark Universe: A Cosmology Short Course for Museum & Planetarium Staff, Chicago, IL (USA) @ The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Applications are due June 15, 2010, http://kicp.uchicago.edu/dark2010/ randy@oddjob.uchicago.edu

2-5 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. http://www.astc.org

5-10 October. Full Dome Film Festival, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, USA.

6-8 October. ASTC Planetarium Post Conference Sessions (papers sessions, panel discussions and a trip to the Maunakea Observatories), Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. Contact: Shawn Laatsch (slaatsch@imiloahawaii.org) for more information regarding these events.

20-23 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), Annual Conference, University of Notre- Dame, Indiana (USA).

26-28 October. IMERSA Fulldome Summit (Immersive media entertainment, research, science and arts), Denver, CO, USA. Presented by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This 3-day conference will feature fulldome (digital dome) workshops, panels, screenings, exhibits and pitching opportunities. Other session strands will focus on the newest in 3D, content to go and creative fundraising options. Registration and other info: http://bit.ly/8WWW0I, info@imersa.org.

19-11 November. Association of Brazilian Planetariums meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Contact: alexandre.cherman@planetario.rio.rj.gov.br


2009
(International Year of Astronomy)

15 February. 444th Anniversary of the Birthday of Galileo Bonaiuti de' Galilei – First Telescopic Astronomer

16 - 28 March. GLOBE at Night 2009 Count the Stars in the constellation Orion seen from your hometown and report! http://www.globe.gov/GaN/

22 March. International Day of Planetaria www.dayofplanetaria.org

2-5 April. 100 Hours of Astronomy. This is a cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy. 100 Hours of Astronomy is a round-the-clock, worldwide event with 100 continuous hours of a wide range of public outreach. For more details go to: www.astronomy2009.org

18-19 April. Italian Association of Planetaria (PLANIT), XXIV National Conference, Naples, City of Science, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it.
Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

24-26 April. Immersive Film Festival, Navegar Foundation, Centro Multimeios Espinho, Portugal, web: iff.multimeios.pt. The Festival is an event that will gather international productions in the Immersive Cinema field. It is an open invitation to all, including producers, animators and filmmakers, artists, students and teachers in order to participate in this unique event. IFF will be focused on presenting productions in this media, along with a competition among submitted productions that made its debut recently. Besides the competition and the public screenings, workshops for young artists and public talks will be organized to promote immersive cinema. Special screenings for primary and secondary schools will also be organized. It is intended to be a space to captivate active members of cinema in general into this new media, a space to discuss ideas and to create partnerships, and above all, to work as a catalyst to the development of this area of cinema.

10 May. International Astronomy Day – Bringing Astronomy To The People Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe. http://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astroday.html

13-16 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS). The conference host will be Past President Patty Seaton. The conference will be at the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland, USA. The Owens Science Center hosted previously in 2003, and since that time they have developed and extended their partnerships with nearby organizations of interest, such as NASA-Goddard and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL). Side trips to other local planetariums such as Baltimore or Washington are possibile. This location also offers access to a wide variety of speakers from both NASA-Goddard and JHUAPL.
http://www.maps-planetarium.org

14-15 May. May. British Association of Planetaria Annual General Meeting, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London. International visitors to AGM are more than welcome. Contact: Shaaron Leverment shaaron@explorerdome.co.uk

16-18, May. Meeting of ADP, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutschsprachiger Planetarien (Association of German Speaking Planetariums), Mannheim Planetarium, Germany

21-24 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums, Yearly Meeting, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, La Villette, Paris, France. Contact: Nelly Dumas

June. Japan Planetarium Association (JPA) Conference, Akashi Municipal Planetarium, Hyogo, Japan. http://www.shin-pla.info/

4-6 June. ECSITE Conference (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), National Science and Technology Museum ”Leonardo da Vinci”, Milan, Italy.
www.ecsite.net

16-20 June. Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) annual conference joined by Western Alliance Conference (GPPA, SWAP, RMPA, and PPA), Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Contact: krismccall@adventuresci.com

2-5 July. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France. tom@armaghplanet.com

22 July, total solar eclipse.

1-4 September. 6th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria at the M. Copernicus Planetarium and Observatory in Chorzow, Poland. For information and registration go to: http://www.chorzow2009.ajd.czest.pl/ or contact Tomasz Kisiel (t.kisiel@ajd.czest.pl) or (tk8283@gmail.com).

4-5 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Conference will take place at Jærmuseet, Vitenfabrikken, Sandnes, Norway. Chair and contact: Ivar Reed Nakken, ivar.nakken@mail.nu

7 September. Japan Planetarium Society, Planetary Science workshop. Visiting the Institute of Space and Astronomical Science and lecture for Venus Climate Orbiter that will be launched in 2010. Contact: Takayo Hasegawa (general@shin-pla.info)

12-16 September. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Conference, Westin SFO, Millbrae, California, USA. http://www.astrosociety.org

16-18 September. Annual Digistar Users Group meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. http://www.digistardomes.org

5 October. Association of Dutch-Speaking Planetariums, Planed Meeting, Halley Planetarium, Heesch, The Netherlands.

9-12 October. Association of Brazilian Planetariums, Annual Conference, Museum park of knowledge, Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brasil.

21-24 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association 45th Annual Conference, Delta College Planetarium, Bay City Michigan, USA.
Contact: Planetarium Manager / Astronomer: Garry Beckstrom at gfbeckst@delta.edu Phone: (989) 667-2270 Planetarium Website: http://www3.delta.edu/planet/
Conference Website http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm

31 October – 3 November. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
http://www.astc.org

9-11 November. Japan Planetarium Society Workshop, Shimane Nature Museum, Mt. Sanbe. Contact: Takayo Hasegawa (general@shin-pla.info)


2008

8-12 January. Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Austin, Texas, USA, www.aas.org.

19-21 February. Japan Planetarium Association, Planetarium Seminar, Munakata Yurix Planetarium, Munakata, Fukuoka, Japan.
Contact: Osamu Kato yurix@hoshizora.com

16 March. International Day of Planetaria www.dayofplanetaria.org

6 April. XXIII National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Modena, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it. Contact: osservatorio@serafinozani.it

8 - 11 May. Association of French Speaking Planetariums, Yearly Meeting, Planetarium of Epinal, France. Contact: planetarium.epinal@wanadoo.fr http://www.aplf-planetariums.org/

8-11 May, Annual Conference of the British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain.
Contact: Tom Mason tom@armaghplanet.com

9-11 May. Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Planetarium Society, Horizon Planetarium, Perth, Australia. Contact: Martin Bush, MBush@museum.vic.gov.au

10-11 May. Australasian Planetarium Society Conference and AGM, Horizon Planetarium, Perth, Western Australia. Contact: Martin Bush, MBush@museum.vic.gov.au

29-31 May. ECSITE Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary. Contact: Aliki Giannakopoulou agiannakopoulou@ecsite.net

12-14 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres Annual Conference, London Regional Children's Museum, Ontario, Canada, http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/main.htm

15-19 June. 5th Science Centre World Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

27 June - 2 July. 19th International Planetarium Society Conference, Adler Planetarium, Chicago (USA). www.ips2008.org
22-26 July, Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) annual conference, The Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium, Lafayette, LA, USA.
Contact: dhostetter@lafayettegov.net

28 July-1 August. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA, USA, Starry Night/digital planetarium learning event with two sessions. Call 610-459-5200 x 126 for details, or see www.spitzinc.com/institute

1 August, Total Solar eclipse.

14 August. IMERSA Birds of a Feather at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, California. IMERSA (the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science and Arts association) will present a Birds of a Feather meeting at this year’s ACM/SIGGRAPH conference on Thursday, August 14th from 11am-1pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center, room 307. We’ll be introducing IMERSA to the SIGGRAPH community and getting feedback for possible projects. For more information go to http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/.

9-11 October. 5th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria, Centro Multimeios Espinho, Navegar Foundation and the Center for Astrophyics of Oporto, Portugal. http://ecspp2008.multimeios.pt . http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/EuropMee_small_Planet.htm

18-21 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. http://www.astc.org/conference
Several planetarium-related presentations are planned. On October 20th, Alexandria Hall will present a paper entitled “Addressing Culture and Science in Digital Dome Theaters/Planetariums.” Later that day, three activities in the Fels Planetarium include: The 5th annual Fulldome Video Showcase featuring a sampling of work from the world’s best digital dome artists, including scientific visualizations, show excerpts, music/art, and experimental productions (organized by E&S and Spitz); “Finding Your Way in the Dark II: Switching Program Paradigms in the Planetarium” with Derrick Pitts, Director and Chief Astronomer of the Fels Planetarium; and “A Whole New World: Science Visualizations on the Dome” organized by Sky-Skan.

29 October – November 1. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Conference. Participants will enjoy the Milwaukee Public Museum Planetarium, the Gary Sampson Planetarium and the Charles Horwitz Planetarium. Contact: Gary Sampson, 11400 West Center Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53222-4213, Phone +1 (262) 844-6940, ges@execpc.com or David A. DeRemer, Phone +1 (262) 896-8423, dderemer@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

18-20 November. Japan Planetarium Association (JPA) Workshop, Asahikawa Science Center, Hokkaido, Japan. http://www.shin-pla.info/

2007

18 March. International Day of Planetaria.

21-24 April. Annual Meeting of German Speaking Planetaria, Zeiss Schwaz Planetarium, Schwaz, Austria

17-20 May. Meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Marseille - Aix en Provence - St. Michel l'Observatoire, France.
aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr, http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

31 May - 2 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
http://www.ecsite.net

16-20 July, Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA, USA. Contact: Joyce Towne at jtowne@spitzinc.com, www.spitzinc.com/institute

20-23 July, DomeFest, LodeStar Astronomy Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
http://www.domefest.org/2007/DomeFest%202007%20Preliminary%20Program.pdf

4-5 August. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Rio de Janeiro Planetarium, Brazil. Host: Alexandre Cherman.

5-7 September. Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and ASP EPO Conference, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, USA, co-hosted with the Adler Planetarium, www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

6-8 September. 4th European Meeting of Portable Planetaria, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. www.suh.sk/ips2007

7-9 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Biennal Conference in Orsa, Sweden. Info from host Per Broman pbr@planetarium.se.

8-10 September. Japan Planetarium Association, Workshop "To Seek for Popularizing Astronomy at the Cutting Edge-Part 3: Solar Astronomy", Hida Observatory, University of Kyoto, Gifu, Japan. Contact: Shoichi Itoh itoh@science.suginami-ku.ed.jp

20-22 September, The Western Alliance Conference of Planetarium (Pacific Planetairum Association PPA, Rocky Mountain Association RMPA, Southwest Association of Planetarium SWAP, Great Plains Planetarium Association GPPA) will meet in Fairbanks Alaska. The WAC 2007 website: http://wap-con.org has all the registration forms and information. To get a formal registration packet with paper copies contact secretary, Mary Ann Tabada at tabadam@esuhsd.org or Independence Planetarium Director, Gail Chaid at chaidg@esuhsd.org phone: (408)928-9604. The pre-conference tour goes to Denali National Park.The conference hotel is the Westmark Hotel,Fairbanks $68 per night. There is a 10% discount on Alaska Airlines for conference participants. Everyone in the international community is welcome.

26-28 September. Digistar User Group Conference, Arlington Planetarium, University of Texas. Contact person: Joe Eakin, joeeakin@uta.edu, http://www.digistardomes.org/2007_Conference_Info.html

6-7 October, 7. XXII National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Milan, Italy, www.planetaritaliani.it

8-11 October. Communicating Astronomy to the Public (CAP 2007) International conference, Eugenides Planetarium, Athens, Greece. The conference is organised in collaboration with the International Astronomy Union, ESA, The National Observatory of Athens. http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/cap2007/

In view of the 50th annniversary of the launch into space of Sputnik 1 Eugenides Planetarium has arranged a series of other events, which include: The premiere of a 40-minute digital planetarium show, titled "From Earth to the Moon", to be shown to an invited audience of 278 persons, scheduled for the 4th of October (and presented to the audience by Stamatios Krimigis, brief biography on http://sd-www.jhuapl.edu/CASSINI/SMK_BriefBiography_19-051.htm ).

9-13 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference, Triple Conjunction Planetarium Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) , South Eastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) and Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).
Host: Benedum Planetarium, Benedum Natural Science Center, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. Contact: Steve Mitch, smitch@oglebay-resort.com
http://www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo/planetarium.htm
http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm
http://www.sepadomes.org/

13-16 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, California Science Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
http://www.astc.org

15-18 November. Annual Meeting of Association of Brazilian Planetariums (ABP), São Paulo, Brazil. alexcherman@yahoo.com.br

23-24 November. Annual Meeting of the Association of Mexican Planetariums (AMPAC), "Lic. Felipe Rivera" Planetarium, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
Contact: juan.duran@merida.gob.mx

31 December, Deadline of Eugenides Foundation Scriptwriting Contest, stevetidey@hotmail.co.uk


2006

9-10 January. Tennessee Organization of Planetariums (TOP), meeting at the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

15 April, Yearly deadline for the applicants of "A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator".

7-8 May, 2006. Annual Meeting of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Raumflugplanetarium Cottbus, Germany.
www.planetarium-cottbus.de/adp2006

8-9 May. Carolina Association of Planetarium Educators (CAPE) meeting at the Ocean Isle Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC, USA.

17-20 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS), Novins Planetarium, Ocean Country College, Tom River, N.J., Hostess Gloria Villalobos. www.maps-planetarium.org

25-28 May. Meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF), Montpellier Planetarium, France. aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr,
http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

8-10 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Technopolis, Mechelen,
Belgium. http://www.ecsite.net

20-24 June, South Eastern Planetarium Association Conference (SEPA) will be hosted by the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory in Cocoa, Florida, USA. Contact: Mark Howard, Director, howardm@brevardcc.edu http://www.brevardcc.edu/planet

24-27 July. Under the Southern Skies, 18th International Planetarium Society Conference, Crown Promenade, Melbourne, Australia.
http://www.ips2006.com.

15-19 August. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, PA (USA). The Institute will focus on using astronomy software to enhance education in both the classroom and the planetarium, and will feature teachers from Starry Night/Imaginova Ltd. and other notable speaker/educators. Space is limited. Contact 610-459-5200 or spitz@spitzinc.com

31 August, Yearly deadline for the applicants of "A week in Italy for a French Planetarium Operator".

13-16 September, 2006. Western Alliance Conference (WAC) of planetariums in Lincoln, Nebraska (GPPA - Jack Dunn hosting).
http://www.spacelaser.com/wac2006/

30 September. deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a Spanish Planetarium Operator.

8 October. XXI National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Ravenna, Italy Planetari News

25-28 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference, Merrillville Community Planetarium, Merrillville, Indiana, USA. Contact: Gregg Williams, gwilliam@mvsc.k12.in.us
http://www.mcpstars.org
http://www.glpaweb.org/conference.htm

28-31 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference and Expo, Louisville Science Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. http://www.astc.org


2005

January 10-11, Tennessee Organization of Planetariums (TOP), hosted by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Contact Kris McCall at krismccall@csmisfun.com or 615-401-5077.

1 March Deadline for application for the program that starts August 22, 2005, about Master of science communication at Dalarna University, Sweden. www.ScienceCommunication.se

10-11 April. Conference of German Speaking Planetaria (ADP), Europlanetarium, Genk, Belgium.www.adp2005.org

10-14 April. 4th Science Centre World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
http://www.astc.org/conference/future.htm

15 April. Final deadline for application for the program that starts 22 August, about Master of science communication at Dalarna University,
Sweden. www.ScienceCommunication.se

15 April. Deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator.

5-8 May. Third European Meeting of Itinerant Planetaria, Palais des Congres, Nantes (France) in conjunction with the yearly meeting of Association of French-Speaking Planetariums (APLF). aplf@astro.u-strasbg.fr, http://www.aplf-planetariums.org.

13-15 May. British Association of Planetaria (BAP), Annual Conference, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, United Kingdom. It will be a joint meeting with the AAE (Association for Astronomy Education).

25-28 May. Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Conference (MAPS), Fels Planetarium, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Host: Derrick Pitts. Conference website is
http://www.maps-planetarium.org/MAPS2005/ with the preliminary schedule, registration information, and pictures of the conference site.

2-3-4 June. Canadian Association of Science Centres meeting (which includes the Canadian planetarium group), Montreal Science Centre, Montreal Quebec (Canada). Contact: pierre_lacombe@astro.umontreal.ca

10-12 June. European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Heureka, Vantaa (Helsinki), Finland. http://www.ecsite.net

14-17 June. Communicating Astronomy with the Public, ESO/ESA/IAU Conference, ESO HQ, Garching, Munich, Germany. Closing date for registration March 2005. http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/index.html

14-18 June. South Eastern Planetarium Association Conference (SEPA), Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. See
http://www.sepadomes.org/conference/ for information as it becomes available.

12-14 July. Japan Planetarium Society Conference (JPS), Osaka Science Museum, Japan.

15-17 July. DomeFest2005. http://www.domefest.com/2005.html. More about fulldome (mega-resolution, large-format, immersive, digital technologies for hemispheric screen theaters) at http://www.domefest.com/WhatIsDF.htm,
http://www.fulldome.org, and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fulldome

18-21 July. Spitz Digital Institute, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (USA). The Institute will focus on using software to enhance education in both the classroom and the planetarium. Space is limited. Contact 610-459-5200.

24 July to 6 August. The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), offers a two-week, four-credit residential summer institute for teachers that includes a course on instruction using a portable planetarium and information about grant writing for participants to acquire a portable planetarium. http://www.coa.edu/summer/sumworkshops/index.html - contact person: Jean Boddy, (800) 597-9500.

13-14 August. Australasian Planetarium Society meeting, Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, Auckland, New Zealand. Contact: Martin George, Secretary, APS, at martin@qvmag.tas.gov.au

31 August. Deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a French Planetarium Operator.

5-7 September, Japan Planetarium Society, Workshop for popularizing the results of the latest astronomy, Nishiharima Astronomical Observatory, Hyogo, Japan. The workshop is organized for the professional development for the staffs of planetariums and science centers. As the first workshop, JPS select the theme: "The seek for Extra-solar Planets".

7-9 September. Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums (RMPA, PPA, GPPA, SWAP), Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Gates Planetarium & Space Odyssey exhibition, Colorado, USA. vonahnenkarl@fhda.edu

12-16 September. Workshop in immersive cinema, 1st European Workshop in FullDome, Centro Multimeios de Espinho, Portugal. http://fulldome.multimeios.pt - contact: fulldome@multimeios.pt - Organized by Navegar Foundation. The workshop will cover the projection and projection systems, content creation, direction, production and production tools. The maximum number of participants is 40 and a small number of Grants will be available for students. Scientific organizing Committee: Ed Lanz (Visual Bandwith); Johan Gijsenbergs (Sky-Skan, Inc Europe); Paul Bourke (Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology); António Pedrosa, Navegar Foundation; Pedro Russo, Navegar Foundation; Luís Calçada, Navegar Foundation.

14-16 September. Building Community: The Emerging Educational and Public Outreach (EPO) Profession, as part of ASP's 117th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, USA. http://astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

16-18 September. Nordic Planetarium Association Conference (NPA), Orion Planetarium, Jels, Denmark. www.orionplanetarium.dk

24-25 September. International Planetarium Society Council Meeting, Beijing Planetarium, Beijing, China.

30 September. deadline for the applicants of A week in Italy for a Spanish Planetarium Operator.

9-10 October, Planetarium Innovation Days, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10, Jena, organized by Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH. planetarium@zeiss.de.

9 October. XX National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Brescia, Italy

15-18 October. Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference and Expo, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, USA. http://www.astc.org

17-23 October. A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (each year since 1995). http://www.bresciascienza.it/cityline/cult/photog.htm

19-22 October. Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual Conference,
Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Contact: David DeBruyn
http://www.grmuseum.org/chaffeeplanetarium/chaffee.shtml

 

2004

September 26-27, Digistar Users Group Conference, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA.

September 29-October 1, Western Alliance of Planetariums Conference (GPPA, PPA, RMPA, SWAP), Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA. Conference information on the RMPA: http://www.rmpadomes.org

October 9-10, XIX National Meeting of Italian Planetaria, Naples (City of Science) and Rome (Museum of Roman Civilization), Italy.

October 18-24, A week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (each year since 1995). The 2004 winner is John T. Meader, Northern Stars Planetarium, Fairfield, ME, USA

October 20-23, Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference (GLPA), Cranbrook Institute of Science, New Detroit Science Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

November 4-6, European collaborative for science, industry and technology exhibitions (ECSITE) Annual Conference, Museu de la Ciencia de la Fundacio « la Caixa », Barcelona. Planetarium activities are scheduled on Thursday 4th November afternoon (visit + session in the Fabra Observatory) and Friday 5th November all day (sessions + planetarium demonstration).

November 6-7, Australasian Planetarium Society Meeting (APS), Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania. http://www.vicnet.net.au/~apsweb

November 8-12, Division of Planetary Science (DPS), Louisville, Kentucky, USA. http://dps04.org/

November 17, Association of Dutch Speaking Planetariums Meeting (ADSP), Brussels Planetarium, Brussels, Belgium.

November 23-26, Association of Mexican Planetariums Meeting (AMPAC), Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
http://cosmos.astro.uson.mx/Proxiactiv.htm; congreso@cosmos.astro.uson.mx.