Welcome to the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium website!

2020 will be our tenth gathering. LIPS 2020 will take place Tuesday through Thursday, July 14 - 16.

Our host will be the Fiske Planetarium on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/

The Fiske Planetarium is a 19.8m diameter dome with seating for 210 people. It features an 8k Definiti system from Sky-Skan.

Because of the large capacity of the Fiske, we will once again have the opportunity for LIPS attendees to do programs for public audiences. This was done for the first time at LIPS 2019, which was hosted by the Cradle of Aviation's Jet Blue Sky Theater in Garden City, New York. These public presentations were well received by the audiences as well as LIPS 2019 attendees.

In 2020 we will take these public presentations a step further by providing feedback to the program presenters immediately after each program. This will be an excellent opportunity for attendees to practice evaluating presentations in a constructive and supportive environment.

More details about LIPS 2020 will be published as they become available. Registration for attendees and sponsors will open in early February.

Expected registration costs are:

  • Attendees: $200 for members of the International Planetarium Society; $225 US for non-members of IPS.
  • Sponsors: $450 US (includes one registration)

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 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.