Meeting for the Arab Speaking Planetarium26 June 2010Last June, Marc Rouleau, Planetarium coordinator at Sharjah Higher Colleges of technology Planetarium sent out letters and emails to the known planetariums in Arabic speaking countries. The reason is to put forth the proposal that organize an "Arabic Language Planetarium Association" and to present for recognition by the International Planetarium Society at its next biennial meeting in Alexandria, Egypt in June 2010. So far Marc has received support from planetariums in Alexandria, Tunis, Kuwait, Muscat, and Baghdad, and there is support from the UAE planetariums (there are six permanent planetariums and one portable planetarium in UAE). The IPS standing rules are at: http:/ /www.ips-planetarium.org/or/rules/ByLaws&StandingRulesIPS2009.pdfTo be recognized by the Executive Council of the IPS we will need to come up with a "mission statement, a constitution, or set of by-laws approved by its membership:' We also need to meet a minimum number of individual members and institutions (see rule III. B.). Since Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, and Egypt are also represented in the French language planetarium group, we need at least 10 IPS members from at least five institutions to meet the qualification. We should plan to meet in advance of the IPS 2010 meeting in Alexandria in order to complete our membership requirements. This could take place over a weekend this Autumn or Winter, or even just the day before the main IPS meeting in Alexandria. The meeting agenda for this meeting will contains few questions/items:
We think the goals of the group should be not only help its own members, but also to promote globally the roots of modern astronomy to early Arabic/Islamic astronomers who came before the European Renaissance. To help with this goals, The participants requested to prepare a workshop, a paper, or a symposium related to the Islamic influences and contributions in astronomy.For any investigation concerning the contribution please contact Marc Rouleau (His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Planetariums in Arabic Speaking Countries (from IPS directory):