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 is the Fiske Planetarium on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/about/lipsymposium-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, 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.

If you would like to present to the public in the Fiske Planetarium or to the LIPS audience during the symposium, use the sessions proposal form to submit your idea: https://sites.google.com/view/lipsymposium/sessions

What else will happen at LIPS 2020? We will have a presentation skills workshop with Eddie Goldstein. Eddie was our keynote presenter at LIPS 2018, and we are excited to have him back. He has some wonderful new exercises planned for LIPS 2020. You can learn more about Eddie here:


A kinesthetic astronomy workshop is in the works as well, to be led by Cherilynn Morrow and Mike Zawaski of the Space Science Institute. You can get a sneak peek of what might happen at that workshop here:


Registration is now open. You can register as a sponsor or regular attendee here: https://sites.google.com/view/lipsymposium/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 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.