EWASS 2014 : European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
30 June – 4 July 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Symposium S5 30 June – 1 July 2014

Digging deep into the extragalactic infrared sky: current status and the European road to the JWST

Aims and scope

Over the last years, IR Extragalactic Astronomy has made rapid progress thanks to major survey efforts carried out with ground-based and space observatories. These studies are preparing the ground for the science to be tackled with the next generation of IR telescopes, in particular the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

This two-day symposium will bring the IR Extragalactic Astronomy community together to present some of the most salient observational and theoretical results of galaxy evolution of the last years. A significant part of this symposium will be devoted to present and discuss the new science that will be enabled by the unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution of the JWST at near-/mid-IR wavelengths.


  • Galaxy Assembly and Evolution: star formation and stellar mass assembly over cosmic times; evolution of galaxy structural parameters; chemical enrichment; galaxy evolution within cosmological models.
  • Dust-Obscured Star Formation in Galaxies at Different Cosmic Times: dust-obscured star formation at different redshifts; PAHs as star-formation tracers; dust-obscured activity in galaxy formation models.
  • AGN at IR Wavelengths: The unification model revisited; the origin of the IR emission in low-luminosity AGN; dust-obscured black-hole growth and the starburst/AGN connection.
  • Galaxies in the Young Universe: galaxy properties and AGN activity at z>6; the sources of hydrogen reionisation; dust production in the early Universe; early chemical enrichment of galaxies and the intergalactic medium.
  • Scientific Prospects for the JWST I: galaxy evolution studies in the near-IR (NIRSpec/NIRCam); the physics of galaxies studied with JWST's high spatial resolution spectroscopy; the complementarity between JWST instruments for different science cases.
  • Scientific Prospects for the JWST II: galaxy evolution studies with MIRI. Synergies between the JWST and other simultaneously-operating observatories that are relevant for the European astronomical community (ALMA, VLT, E-ELT, SKA, SPICA, etc.).
  • >> See the full programme of S5 Talks / Posters

    Invited speakers

    Rychard Bouwens
    Daniela Calzetti
    Avishai Dekel
    Pierre Ferruit
    Sebastian Hoenig
    Olivier Ilbert
    Olivier Le Fevre
    Pat Roche
    Gillian Wright

    Scientific organizers

    Almudena Alonso Herrero
    Andrew Bunker
    Karina Caputi (Chair)
    Marijn Franx
    Ivo Labbe (Co-Chair)
    Olivier Le Fevre
    Roberto Maiolino
    Cristina Ramos Almeida

    For further information contact the SOC Chair at: karina "usual symbol" astro.rug.nl

    Updated on Tue Jun 03 08:57:32 CEST 2014