Conferences

June 20-24 at Bays Mountain, Kingsport, Tennessee

Those interested in presenting a workshop or panel discussion should submit proposals through the form https://forms.gle/xnMSmZ876Wmi1dQL8 by February 1st. Workshops and Panel Discussions will take place on Friday, June 23rd, 9:45a-11:45a. The two categories for either a 45-minute or a 2-hour session are

  1. A “workshop” helps delegates create something physical or conceptual that may benefit them at their home facility. All workshops should be interactive and experiential (not sales presentation).

  2. A “panel discussion” is a guided discussion that focuses on a particular topic or theme that not only involves an expert panel, but also audience members, to establish a dialog that fosters both knowledge and insight for all participants.

Previous Conference

2022 August 22–27 PPA & WAC joined the SEPA Conference at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Home of Space Camp®, David Weigel, Planetarium Director. This conference was live and in person, with dome time in the Rocket Center’s INTUITIVE® Planetarium. Conference meetings took place at the Huntsville Marriott, on the Rocket Center’s campus. The INTUITIVE Planetarium (67' in diameter with 248 seats), perhaps the newest dome in SEPA, opened in February 2019 after converting its former IMAX™ Theater. It has 5 Christie 4k RGB laser projectors running on Digistar 7, enabling the immersive visualizations created in house. Attendees experienced “Music of the Spheres,” a collaboration with internationally recognized violinist Itamar Zorman performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Eugene Ysaye, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, and Claude Debussy set to visualizations created by the INTUITIVE Planetarium team. The closing banquet was an exquisite dining experience under the National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Following the farewell breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 27, attendees could take part in a one-day Space Camp experience that includes a simulated space mission, engineering challenges, astronaut simulators, and team building on our Leadership Reaction course. Learn more at www.sepadomes.org/2022-sepa-conference-huntsville-al/.

Krista Testin, host of the 2019 WAC in Omaha,
with Alan Gould, PPA Secretary.

Past WACs:

  • 2022 August 22–27 PPA & WAC joined the SEPA Conference at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

  • 2021 Aug 3 & Aug 4 Western Alliance eConference (eWAC): The New Normal—Silver Linings from the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 27-28 July - Westen Alliance eConference, PPA Business meeting 29 July
    [
    2020 14–16 July Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium LIPS]

  • 2019 July 31- Aug 3 Durham Science Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha NE, Conference organizer, Krista Testin

  • 2018 Jun 5-9 Sharpe Planetarium Pink Palace Museum Memphis TN (SEPA/WAC)

  • 2017 Oct 10-14 James S. McDonnell Planetarium St Louis Science Center (Pleiades national conference) St Louis MO

  • 2016 - Montgomery, Alabama - SEPA/WAC [+ IPS in Warsaw Poland]

  • 2015 Jul 29-Aug 2 - Albuquerque NM 97 attendees

  • 2014 Jul 22-25 University of Texas Arlington TX

  • 2013 Sep 17-20 - Gottlieb Planetarium & Science City at Union Station Kansas City MO 62 attendees

  • 2012 Jul 22-26 - Irene W. Pennington Planetarium Baton Rouge LA (IPS)

  • 2011 Jul 26-30 - Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater at Central Texas College Killeen TX 97 attendees

  • 2010 Aug 3-6 - King Science & Technology Magnet Center Omaha NE ~50 attendees

  • 2009 Jun 16-18 - Sudekum Planetarium Nashville TN 149 attendees

  • 2008 Jun 27-Jul 2 - Adler Planetarium Chicago IL (IPS)

  • 2007 Sep 20-22 - University of Alaska Fairbanks AK 62 attendees

  • 2006 Aug 23-26 - Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston TX 67 attendees

  • 2005 Sep 6-9 - Gates Planetarium Denver Museum of Nature & Science Denver CO

  • 2004 Sep 29-Oct 2 - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego CA

  • 2003 Oct 9-11 - Clark Planetarium Salt Lake City UT

  • 2002 Oct 15-20 - Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston TX

  • 2001 Oct 4-7 - Lane Planetarium Eugene OR 76 attendees

  • 2000 - Dallas TX - Proceedings - Sponsors - Participants

  • 1999 - Phoenix AZ - Proceedings

  • 1998 - LA Valley College Valley Glen CA