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Good to know

Barrier Free

Germany has been working for years to make the country barrier free (accessible for everyone’s abilities). With many buildings having historic status due to their age, this has been an important and on-going process. While there are always improvements that can be made, visitors will find that all public transportation and almost all attractions are mostly—if not completely—barrier free.

Conference Venues

  • The Arena Berlin Confernece Center is barrier free.
  • The Zeiss-Großplanetarium is  barrier free.
  • The Planetarium am Insulaner is almost completely barrier free. The Planetarium will be undergoing extensive renovations over the next two years, and will be under construction during the conference. There will be a constellation shootout - prior registration is required due to capacity regulations.
  • The Wilhelm-Foerster Sternwarte (optional visit) and the Archenhold-Sternwarte (observatory), due to its historic nature/the age of the building, are unfortunately not completely barrier free at the moment. Every possible accommodation will be made to meet the needs of our visitors. 
  • The Zeiss-Planetarium Jena and Restaurant Bauersfeld are barrier free.
  • There will be barrier free conference tour options.
  • The gala venues, ZENNER and the Archenhold Observatory have barrier free access.
  • All conference sites will have a quiet area available for attendees who may need a low stimulus area.
  • Hearing assistance devices are available for conference attendees if needed. Sighted guides can be made available upon request. Some programs in the domes are available in multiple languages with our world languages system.

Meals

We know that there are many different dietary needs in our community. Therefore, we will always have several options at each meal to meet any special dietary needs. We will always have delicious, full meal options available for everyone. Nobody will go hungry during IPS 2024! 

Water, coffee, tea, soda and juice will always be available for attendees to prevent dehydration. Small snacks will also be available during breaks and at any time for anyone who may need to balance blood sugar levels.

DateTimeMealLocation
21.07.20247:00 - 8:00 pmWelcome reception (small plates, drinks, included with registration)Arena
22.07.202411:15 - 12:15 amLunchArena
22.07.202411:45 - 12:45 amLunchZGP
22.07.20247:30 - 8:30 pmDinnerArena
23.07.202411:15 - 12:15 amLunchArena
23.07.202411:45 - 12:45 amLunchZGP
24.07.202409:00 - 10:00 amCoffee with the sponsors (coffee and pastries)Arena
24.07.20241:00 - 2:00 pmLunchArena
24.07.20248:00 - 9:00 pmDinnerArena
24.07.20249:00 pm - 00:00 amCocktail party with the sponsorsArena
25.07.202412:15 am - 1:15 pmLunchZGP
25.07.20245:15 - 9:15 pmBanquet (ticket required)ZENNER
25.07.202412:15 am - 9:15 pmAfter party (open to all attendees, included with registration)ZGP

Live Stream

After the success of the IPS 2020 Virtual Conference, it is clear that even when we are able to meet in person again, that this option must remain available to IPS members. Not everyone can attend the conference in person, whether it be due to finances or because someone has to stay to keep the planetarium up and running.  

Screenshot Virtual Conference © M. Murray

Information regarding IPS 2024 live streaming opportunities coming soon.


Mentors

Attending your first planetarium conference, or your first IPS can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to the field. Therefore, during registration there will be an option to be paired up with a mentor. New delegates, and those who would like to have a mentor, can request to be a mentee. Veteran members can offer to be a mentor at this point too. 

Before the conference, the two can exchange contact information and get to know each other a little too so that there are always friendly faces waiting for everyone when they arrive at the conference!


Languages

Maybe you don’t speak German or you only know how to say “Guten Tag?” No problem! In Berlin almost everything (i.e. signs in train stations and at museums) is in at least German and English (and often other languages too!). The city is extremely international. Furthermore, almost everyone speaks at least English.

Thanks to the international draw of the higher education institutions and the tech industry in Jena, you will also find a large number of things in both German and at least English. Most people will also be able to speak at least English. Jena is a historic smaller city with all the perks of a large international metropolis!

In all the major cities in Germany, and especially in trains, train stations, airports, and museums, multilingual options are available. You will see very quickly, that you do not need to know German to have an extremely enjoyable visit!

Finally, during the course of the conference, there will always be Stiftung Planetarium Berlin team members and Zeiss-Planetarium Jena team members to help with any language concerns. They will also help when traveling between sites and to conference tours to ensure that everyone finds their way and understands what is going on.

Language Support during the Conference

The teams in Berlin and Jena understand how daunting it can be to have to speak to others in a different language. Listening to presentations all day and presenting in another language can be even more formidable. This is why we want to support you!

The language used for the IPS conference is English, but of course not everyone feels comfortable or confident with their English language abilities. During registration, attendees can submit the languages they speak. The attendees will be able to see who speaks what languages and meet up at the conference to help support one another (and take a break from speaking another language if need be).


Parents with Babies & Children

We in Berlin and Jena know how important your family is, and that sometimes receiving professional development is only possible if your children can join you. That is why we have something special planned!

Parents with Babies

Parents are always welcome and should never have to feel torn between career and their baby. We have made arrangements for quiet areas at all locations as well, for when a calmer environment is needed for a while. Nursing is always allowed no matter the location, however, lactation rooms will always be available if a mother would prefer her own space.

Beobachtung am Teleskop. © SPB, Foto: Steffen Junghanß

Parents with Children

Children are always welcome to join their parent(s) in sessions as long as they are not being disruptive. Children may have a nametag as a special conference attendee if desired by the child and parent.


Space Explorer’s Day Camp

Children ages 3-12 can be enrolled in the Space Explorer’s Day Camp, which will take place at Arena Berlin. The enrollment cost includes morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, as well as the cost of all materials and childcare. Children will explore a different theme every day, work together over the week to create a project, and of course spend time in the INTENSE Mobile Science Theater – available just for them! Space Explorers will be grouped with like ages and by language while receiving instruction but are encouraged to work together just like astronauts aboard the ISS. Meals and playtime are open for the entire group to let lose together.

Due to the international nature of the conference, astronomical research and space travel, the different linguistic and cultural origins of the children and the formation of an international and intercultural community should be a central element of the four-day childcare. In terms of content, everything will revolve around space travel and astronomy: the children will exchange ideas, learn new languages, experiment and design, learn new things and impart knowledge, solve puzzles, conduct experiments, and look at the stars together. The exhibition pieces created in groups will be exhibited on the premises and can be viewed by all conference participants.
 

Space Explorer Program

Monday: The International Space Station

This day is all about space stations. The focus is of course on our ISS. How did this station come about, which modules and components does it have and which nations were involved? How do space travelers get to it or to the deeper cosmos and what would we have to learn and be able to do to become space travelers themselves? And of course the most important questions: How do people live and research in weightlessness?

Tuesday: Our solar system

Our sun and the eight planets are at the center of the action on this day. But we not only examine the very big ones of the solar system family, but also the small bodies such as comets, asteroids and meteoroids as well as the formation and general structure of our planetary system. On every corner there are a lot of questions and amazing answers. Let's travel through the solar system together.

Wednesday: Telescopes, planetariums and the starry sky

From all over the world, we can look into the starry sky and discover stars, planets, the moon and much more. We want to deal with everything we can see in the night sky. What constellations of stars are there and what stories do people tell about them? What is the difference between a fixed and changeable star? At which time of year do you see which constellations? Which constellations do you see in the northern and which in the southern hemisphere? And what instruments can we build to better uncover all the many secrets?

Thursday: History and future of space travel

Who was the first person in space? Who was the first person on the moon? Which space agencies are there and which exciting missions have explored space so far? In addition to the history of space, there is even more on the plan: together we design our own space mission and think about what the future could hold for us. Are we going to fly to the moon again, or even to Mars? Could people live anywhere else in the solar system? And if so how?


Weather in Jena & Berlin

Weather in Jena

Jena is situated about 163m above sea level. The climate in Jena is warm and moderate. Jena has a considerable amount of rainfall during the year. This also applies to the driest month. The climate in this Jena is classified as Cfb (temperate, humid and warm), according to the Köppen-Geiger classification. July can be a little rainy with 55 mm of precipitation. The sun does come out in July as well, though, and temperatures can be as low as 13°C (55°F) over night or as high as 24°C (75°F) during the day.

Weather in Berlin

Berlin lies on at 52.6° Northern Latitude, which means in July, we have very long days – you can enjoy natural light until about 22:00 (about 17 hours of sunlight per day)! In July, the weather in Berlin is typically warmer. Temperatures are typically around 17°C (62.6°F) in the early morning and at night, while during the day it can reach at least 25°C (77°F). Berlin does occasionally experience heat waves in July, but typically, the temperatures are moderate and it is quite sunny. However, there are usually about 8 days of rain within the month. The good news is that these showers are often brief (offering the perfect amount of time to grab a cup of coffee).