Planetariumssaal © SPB / Foto: Natalie Toczek


IPS 2024 Program Description

The conference itself will begin in Berlin on the evening of Sunday, 21 July 2024 and end the evening of Thursday, 25 July 2024. There are pre-conference activities and the Fulldome Festival in Jena the week leading up to the conference. Post-conference tours are planned in various locations in Germany for the Friday and Saturday after the conference. 

Conference Schedule at a Glance

18 – 19 July 2024: Jena
Fulldome Festival and Pre-Conference Trip in Jena

It all begins where the projection planetarium was born: in Jena, Germany. Participants will see groundbreaking fulldome works, network with colleagues, and experience the culture and entertainment that Jena has to offer! The festivities start with a special »Best of the Jena FullDome Festival« held for IPS 2024 attendees at the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena. The FullDome Festival started back in 2007 and has become a leading international forum to showcase, discuss and award fulldome productions, ranging from classic astronomy films to avant garde 360° music and theatre shows. The special IPS-festival will feature a curated selection of recent entries from around the world that were submitted to the FullDome Festival. Excitement grows when on July 19 it will be announced who will win the prestigious JANUS-Awards, kind of the »Oscars« of the fulldome world. The ceremony around the shining JANUS-trophy will be streamed live from the Zeiss-Planetarium to the world. 

On July 18, before the actual festival program, a guided Pre-Conference tour will lead us to the Zeiss factory. Participants will see firsthand what goes into creating the technology we use every day in our domes, and also how our field got started!

20 July 2024: Jena

A special IMERSA Day will be held on 20 July 2024. Where better to hold this workshop than at the home of the FullDome Festival: the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena? Here, attendees will immerse themselves (no pun intended) in the world of fulldome and explore new and best practices in immersive media, spatial audio and related genres. The day will culminate with a combined FullDome Festival & IMERSA gala event and live concert!

20 – 21 July 2024: Berlin
Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium and IPS Board in Berlin

The IPS Board will have its meeting in Berlin at the Archenhold-Sternwarte (Archenhold Observatory) on 20 & 21 July 2024. The historic Archenhold-Sternwarte – home to Einstein’s Berlin lectures on the Theory of Relativity – is the perfect place for the Board to make plans for IPS and continue the work needed to make the next century of planetarian activities even more groundbreaking and amazing than the first century.

On 21 July 2024, a one-day Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) workshop will be held in Berlin. Here, participants will dive deep into presenting live planetarium shows, learn about best practices, and perhaps even create new best practices. The day will end with the participants arriving at the Arena Berlin for the IPS 2024 conference opening ceremony and activities.

21 – 25 July 2024: Berlin
IPS 2024 Conference in Berlin

The conference itself will begin in Berlin on the evening of Sunday, 21 July 2024 at Arena Berlin and end the evening of Thursday, 25 July 2024. Though the detailed information on the full conference schedule is yet to follow, you can already look forward to various interesting keynotes, paper sessions, workshops, conference tours, sightseeing within Berlin and trips to the different sites of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin (Berlin Planetarium Foundation).

25 July 2024: Berlin
Gala Dinner and Afterparty in Berlin

No IPS conference is complete without the gala dinner, and we have something special planned! The dinner will start at ZENNER, a historic restaurant and event location on the banks of the Spree River. After dinner, we will cross the street to continue celebrating at the Archenhold-Sternwarte! Drinks, dancing, tours and star gazing will continue into the night to round off the week.

26 - 27 July 2024: Jena, Berlin & National
Post-Conference Tours

What would an IPS Conference be without an interesting post conference tour that takes us deeper into our field? We have three exciting post-conference tours planned for participants: The Early Astronomy and Planetarium Experience, Contemporary Astronomy, and Science Domes of the Future.

More details coming soon!

Looking for something else?

Perhaps these tours aren’t quite what you are looking for? Not to worry! Berlin has hundreds of museums and cultural centers that are easy to get to with your public transportation pass. Berlin is a large city with anything and everything you could possibly imagine. We are happy to help everyone find something that is just right for them!