Welcome to the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium website!

UPDATE, MAY 18: We will be holding several sessions online during the days scheduled for LIPS 2020, Tuesday - Thursday, July 14 -16. This will be our first "e-LIPS," and you can see the schedule and other information on the sessions webpage: https://sites.google.com/view/lipsymposium/sessions

There is no fee to participate in e-LIPS, and there is no need to register. However, if you want Karrie Berglund to contact you directly with updates, please complete this two question form:



UPDATE, April 13: LIPS 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 situation. We will be organizing some online interactive workshops to take place July 14 -16 in place of the in person gathering. More information about online opportunities will be posted in early to mid-May.

The Fiske Planetarium is planning to host LIPS 2021. Thank you to the Fiske folks for their time spent planning for 2020 and for being willing to host next year.

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 2020, the cap is set at 60 attendees.