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The Society of German-speaking Planetariums e.V. (GDP) is an association of planetariums, their employees, and people interested in planetariums, mainly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also from other countries, with the aim to promote the cooperation of planetariums in German-speaking countries. The society was founded in May 2011 and is recognized as a non-profit organization.
The GDP offers its members a network for the exchange of ideas and the promotion of joint projects. It is open to all interested parties for this purpose. Cooperation within the GDP takes place within the framework of regular meetings and in working groups on various topics.
The GDP organizes the annual meeting of the German-speaking planetariums and represents the German-speaking planetariums in the international planetarium association “International Planetarium Society (IPS)”.
The “Rat deutscher Planetarien” (Council of German Planetariums), which existed only informally until 2011, was for a long time the only association, albeit a non-binding one, primarily of the larger, full-time German-language planetariums.
In addition, a conference called “Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutschsprachiger Planetarien (ADP)” was organized every year since 1977 by annually changing planetariums.
With the foundation of the GDP, this informal cooperation has been put on a new, resilient and legally capable foundation. The main purpose is to facilitate the coordination of joint projects in order to promote research and science as well as their popularization.
The GDP wants to contribute to informing the public about the planetariums and to pointing out their offers. In particular, the GDP wants to strengthen the perception of planetariums as cultural institutions.