Special Session SS21  28 – 29 June 2017

Preparing the JWST Era

Aims and scope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in 2018, will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities from 0.6 to 28.5 microns with an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution. These unique capabilities will serve scientists working on a wide variety of objects, running from our own Solar System to the most distant galaxies As JWST's launch approaches steadily, the work for the preparation of the scientific exploitation of JWST is ramping up rapidly. This year (2017), all the calls for proposals for the observations that will take place during the first year of JWST operation (cycle 1) will be issued. Already, the call for the guaranteed time observers (GTOs) and for the notices of intent for the so-called Early Release Science (ERS) programs have been released. In this context, the ESA JWST team and the European consortium for MIRI have been working to organize this special session as part of their efforts to prepare the scientific community to take full advantage of JWST's capabilities and to submit the best possible proposals. At the time of the EWASS 2017 Conference, the GTOs will have submitted their proposals and their contents will have been made public. This special session is therefore a perfect opportunity to provide an overview of the GTO programs and to give concrete examples of how GTO science objectives were turned into actual proposals, sharing experience ahead of the ERS proposal deadline (18 August 2017) and of the general observer (GO) call for proposal (November 2017). Due to the reduced amount of time and to the scope of this Special Session, talks will be given by invited speakers only. However, a maximum of 20 posters will be allowed. Participants should send to the organizing committee a brief summary of proposed posters before April 30.


  • Topic 1
  • #1 Mission (1h30) Chair: Gillian Wright

    Status & overview capabilities & overall timeline / P. Ferruit (ESA) / 30min (25+5)

    JWST Operations / George Sonneborn (NASA/GSFC) / 20min (15+5)

    APT / Macarena Garcia Marin (ESA) / 20min (15+5)

    ETC / Nora Lützgendorf/ Tim Rawle (ESA) / 20min (15+5)

  • Topic 2
  • #2 Learning from the GTO programs : First light & evolution of galaxies (1h30) Chair: Simon Lilly

    List of GTO programs / Karina Caputi / 20min (15+5)

    Practical example : Imaging surveys (parallels NIRCam + MIRI) / Dan Stark (NIRCam)/ 20min (15+5)

    Practical examples : Spectroscopic surveys (coordinated parallels NIRSpec MOS / NIRCam) + NIRISS/NIRCam WFSS) / Roberto Maiolino (TBC) / 30min (25+5)

    Practical example : Detailed studies of individual objects or small samples (MIRI+NIRSpec IFU) / Santiago Arribas / 20min (15+5)

  • Topic 3
  • #3 Learning from the GTO programs : Stellar Formation & evolution (1h30) Chair: George Sonneborn

    List of the GTO programs / Mark McCaughrean (TBC) / 20min (15+5)

    Practical example : Protostellar disks (MIRI IFU) / Fred Lahuis / 15min (10+5)

    Practical example : Star formation in local Universe (NIRSpec MOS)/ Guido de Marchi / 20min (15+5)

    Practical example : Brown dwarfs in star forming clusters (NIRCam imaging + NIRSpec MOS) / Catarina Alves de Oliveira (TBC)/ 20min (15+5)

  • Topic 4
  • #4 Learning from the GTO programs : Planetary systems (1h30) Chair: TBD

    List of GTO programs (disks; exoplanets in symposium talk/ (TBD) / 15min (10+5)

    Practical example : Direct imaging of exoplanets (NIRCam+MIRI coronagraphy, NIRISS/AMI) / Pierre-Olivier Lagage / 20min (15+5)

    Practical example : Observation of a transiting exoplanet (NIRISS+NIRSpec+MIRI) / Giovanna Giardino/ 20min (15+5)

    Practical example : Asteroids and TNO for free (MIRI IFU + Imager) / Michael Mueller/ 15min (10+5)

    Practical example : Solar system & TNO (IFU NIRSpec) /TBD /15 min

    Invited speakers

    • Catarina Alves de Oliveira (ESA)
    • Karina Caputi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, NL)
    • Macarena Garcia Marin (ESA)
    • Giovanna Giardino (ESA)
    • Fred Lahuis (SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research, NL)
    • Simon Lilly (ETH, Institute for Astronomy, Zürich, CH)
    • Nora Lützenborg (ESA)
    • Guido de Marchi (ESA)
    • Mark J. McCaughrean (ESA)
    • Michael Mueller (Kapteyn Astronomical Insitute, University of Groningen, NL) (TBC)
    • George Sonneborn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
    • Daniel Stark (Steward Observatory, CALTECH, USA)

    Scientific organisers
    Patrice Bouchet (CEA-Saclay, MIRI French Centre of Expertise PM; Patrice.Bouchet @ cea.fr), Pierre Ferruit (ESA-JWST PI ; Pierre-Ferruit @ cosmos.esa.int), and Pierre-Olivier Lagage (CEA-Saclay, MIRI Co-PI ; Pierre-Olivier.Lagage @ cea.fr).

    Patrice.Bouchet @ cea.fr

    Updated on Thu Mar 02 09:25:55 CET 2017