Welcome to the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium website! 2019 will be our ninth gathering.

Registration is now open: https://www.cradleofaviation.org/education/event/2019/08/16/lips-2019-live-interactive-planetarium-symposium/242324

We will be meeting in Garden City, New York, Wednesday - Friday, August 14 - 16. Our host is the Cradle of Aviation Museum and its JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium. You can learn more about the Cradle of Aviation on their website: https://www.cradleofaviation.org/

There is also an optional add-on Data to Dome day on Tuesday, August 13 with an emphasis on using current science in live, interactive programs. This will be our second Data to Day workshop at LIPS, with the first held by the LIPS 2018 host, Pacific Science Center. This is a joint venture with the International Planetarium Society's Science and Data Visualization Task Force: https://www.ips-planetarium.org/page/visualization

Basic information about LIPS:

What: LIPS will specifically focus on live, interactive planetarium lessons: connecting with your audience; enhancing performance skills; classroom management techniques; sample activities; etc. LIPS' goals include:

  • To provide a participatory and practical professional development opportunity focusing on live presentations.
  • To offer an opportunity to network with others doing live, interactive shows.
  • To share information about available resources and products.
  • To share ideas for improving programs: content, teaching tips, classroom management, etc.
  • To explore what is required to start or improve an outreach program or business.

LIPS is different from other planetarium conferences in several key ways:

  • This is not a full-dome movie festival; instead it focuses on skills and techniques for live lessons. While there are vendor demonstrations, these are live, interactive teaching demonstrations.
  • The attendees choose what is on the schedule. How do they do this? By proposing a session they wish to lead, requesting a session to be led by someone else, and finally by choosing which sessions they want to attend. Note: Attendees must first register in order to propose, request, or choose sessions.
  • There will be no true "lectures" at LIPS 2019; all sessions should be interactive. Prospective presenters: Remember that attendees are coming to LIPS because they do (or want to start to do) live, interactive lessons. This audience wants to actively take part in sessions, not observe passively.