The conference will be held on 19-23 June in Warsaw. The International Planetarium Society (IPS) conference is the largest and most prestigious event in the astronomical industry. The event is organized every two years. Each edition is organized by a different planetarium. This year, it is the Copernicus planetarium that will do the honours. The organization of this event is our great achievement. Before we have been selected, we had to compete with the Canadian TELUS World of Science (Edmonton) and French Cite de l’Espace (Toulouse).
Spin, orbit, revolve. It is no coincidence that we chose the word „revolve” as the slogan for the IPS 2016 conference: it brings to mind Nicolaus Copernicus – the man who moved the planets and stopped the Sun. It also describes our planetarium’s team. This is what we are like. In constant motion. With our heads full of ideas, open to unconventional solutions. And such will be the programme that we prepared for conference participants – 85 sessions, 40 exhibition stands, 11 mobile miniplanetariums, 3 large planetarium rooms, 5 digital projection systems, 3 star projectors from the world’s leading manufacturers, and 4 evening events. The several dozen sessions have been divided into thematic areas, important both in everyday work and while conduction long-term projects. „Fulldome on a shoestring”, „Best practices in live touring through the Universe”, „Towards a new language - art, science and immersion” - these are just some examples of session topics. We focus on the substance of the programme but do not forget about its practical aspects.
This year’s IPS conference is special to us because it coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Copernicus’ Heaven planetarium. There is no better way to celebrate one’s birthday than among great friends, who come from all over the world! The IPS 2016 will be a joyous celebration of the entire planetarian community.
And where do the planetarians feel best? Under a dome, of course! For the duration of the conference, there will be two domes in the Discoverers’ Park, where shows and discussion panels will be held. There will also be a „Dome Village”, where, in 11 small domes, participants will be able to watch various planetarian equipment in action, take part in shows and interactive workshops.
The IPS will last only 4 days, but in this short period of time you will be able to gain knowledge and experience often taking years to acquire. It is also an event which allows to learn about the latest technologies, the best companies and experts – an opportunity which is particularly crucial for those who plan to build planetariums in Poland.
photo: Agata Steifer