Vendor Information


October 19-22 in Flint, Michigan


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Important Dates & Deadlines For Vendors

  • Sept. 16        Registration ends (fees must be paid in full)
  • Sept. 16        Paper and poster proposals due
  • Sept. 21        Items for conference bag due to Longway (Galaxy level and above)
  • Oct. 12          Fulldome content due (pre-sliced and encoded) to Brian W., 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503. See general information below for more details.
  • Oct. 12          Last date to cancel registration
  • Oct. 13          Electronic copies of papers and posters due to Proceedings Editor
  • Oct. 17–19     Vendor equipment set-up in dome (must be scheduled by host)
  • Oct. 19          Vendor exhibit hall set-up (9:00am–3:00pm)
New and/or Different This Year For Vendors
  • All vendor exhibit space will be adjacent to planetarium theater
  • No center pit in planetarium theater
  • Promotional item may be included in delegate bag (3 highest support levels only)
  • 1 ¾ hours of plenary exhibit hall viewing time
  • Vendor Hall will be closed during meals so vendors can eat with delegates.


Conference Costs at a Glance

  • Registration (Regular)*: $139
  • Registration (Student, Honorary,& Senior)*: $84
  • Meal Package*: $136 (Includes breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Thursday and on Friday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday)
  • For hotel costs, visit our Hotel & Travel page
    *Please note that some costs are included in your sponsorship depending on your level of support.


Sloan*Longway Planetarium Technical Specifications

  • 16 meter dome
  • Astro-Tec Ultimate Seam dome, at a 7 degree tilt
  • 5 degree floor tilt
  • 4k Digistar 5 system
  • ChromaCove Medium-Power RGBW cove lighting system
  • 2 cove-mounted Christie Boxer projectors (30,000 lumens each)
  • 7.1 surround sound with 7 Danley speakers and 2 Danley subwoofers
  • 129 pneumatically reclining Figueras “Megaseats” in a unidirectional pattern
  • No center pit


General Vendor Information

  • 5,300 sq ft vendor exhibit space located in planetarium lobby
  • 5 hr plenary vendor demonstration time. Time slots to be filled on a first-to-register-and-pay basis. See Vendor Chart for this year’s sponsorship levels
  • 1 ¾ hr dedicated vendor hall viewing
  • Slots available (first-to-register-and-pay) for non-plenary full show screening on Wednesday and Thursday (10:15pm–12:00am)
  • Fulldome content must be pre-sliced and encoded on a Sony north/south configuration, 8 channels (not including host). Video files must be in a .mpg container with the MPEG-2 encoding. Must arrive at Longway by Oct. 12. Mail directly to: Brian W., 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503
  • 2 rooms (5x20 ft each) available for storage; larger items may have to be stored in the museum across the street
  • Galaxy level and above sponsors may place an item in conference bags
  • Contact Brian Wolff (810-237-3404 or for technical and equipment questions
  • Contact GLPA Development Chair Dave Leake (217-840-0675 or for sponsorship questions


Conference Contacts

General Inquiries
Pam Atwell
Office Manager
(810) 237-3402

Janet Beckstrom
Conference Registrar
(702) 907-4572

Mark Reed
(517) 745-0219

Development Chair
Dave Leake
(217) 351-2567

Vendor Technology Inquiries
Brian Wolff
Content Developer
(810) 237-3404

Conference Co-Host
Buddy Stark
Planetarium Manager
(810) 237-3405

Conference Co-Host
Todd Slisher
Executive Director of Sloan*Longway
(810) 237-3445


The Great Lakes Planetarium Association is supported by a number of fine companies and organizations. To see the list of current GLPA Sponsors and explore their websites, please visit the GLPA Sponsors page. Their generosity has enriched the experiences of countless persons in the planetarium profession.