Welcome to the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium website!
UPDATE: Attendee and sponsor registration are now open!
LIPS 2023 will be held September 12 through 14. Our host will be the Michigan Science Center in Detroit.
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 sponsor demonstrations, these are live, interactive teaching demonstrations.
There are no true "lectures" at LIPS; 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.
The audience size is limited to 40 to 60 attendees, based on host capacity. This limit is so that all attendees participate in all events together; there are no session tracks. This leads to a unique sense of cohesion by the end of each LIPS. For 2023, the cap is set at 60 attendees.
LIPS 2023 information:
If you are curious about what happens at a LIPS, this information will give you a taste. The LIPS 2023 schedule will be posted on the sessions page once available (likely in August). Session proposals will open in early June.
Days/dates: Tuesday through Thursday, September 12-14. Sessions will run from about 9 am to 6 pm on Tuesday-Wednesday, September 12-13, and from about 9 am to 3 pm on Thursday, September 14.
Host: Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Michigan. https://www.mi-sci.org/
Contact Karrie Berglund, karrie@DigitalisEducation.com , with any questions or for assistance.
Special events for 2023:
We will kick things off with an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, September 11. There will be hearty hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. This reception is included in the LIPS registration fee. Please contact Karrie Berglund, karrie@DigitalisEducation.com , if you would like to bring guests.