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The James Webb Space Telescope: a new window on the Universe − An EAS 2022 symposium
28/06/2022 @ 08:00 – 29/06/2022 @ 17:00 CEST
The delivery of the first scientific data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in mid 2022, after commissioning, will be the astronomical event of the year. JWST will provide unprecedented imaging and spectroscopic capabilities in the 0.6-28μm band, with a sensitivity that will be even orders of magnitude higher than current and past facilities in some spectral ranges. Undoubtedly, in the years to come, JWST will open a huge, new discovery space in most areas of astronomy and astrophysics.
By the time of the EAS 2022 meeting, the commissioning of the telescope and of the instruments should be either completed or close to completion. While any results on actual performances and Early Release Observations might still be under embargo, the community will be eager to hear about the several scheduled programmes, to know about available tools to analyse the data, to coordinate for the optimal exploitation of the various surveys, and to hear about the theoretical models, numerical simulations that will be accessible for interpreting the data. More importantly, the community will want to discuss the major open questions in Astrophysics that JWST will answer.
This Symposium is exactly meant to be the wide platform that will enable this exchange of information, and will facilitate the coordination and planning for the use of the JWST datasets. In addition to a few institutional presentations from the JWST project, some of the sessions will provide an overview of the data products and data analysis tools that will be provided to the community by ERS programmes. Most importantly, the Symposium will include presentations illustrating the big science questions that JWST observations are expected to answer, as well as theories and expectations from simulations that are expected to be tested with the unprecedented capabilities of JWST.
The Symposium will span most areas in which JWST is expected to make major breakthroughs (Solar System, Exoplanets, Stellar Physics, Stellar Populations, Galaxies, Supermassive Black Holes, Large Scale Structures). Ample space will be given to contributed talks and posters, both from observers and theorists, illustrating how JWST data will tackle important science cases.
The Symposium is expected to guide and foster coordination among the scientific community for an efficient and timely exploration of the JWST data.
For more information, visit the symposium’s web page at https://eas.unige.ch/EAS2022/session.jsp?id=S13
- Alvaro Labiano (co-chair) (CAB/CSIC-INTA, ES)
- Roberto Maiolino (co-chair) (Univ. Cambridge, UK)
- Pablo G. Pérez-González (co-chair) (CAB/CSIC-INTA, ES)
- Veronique Buat (LAM, FR)
- Emma Curtis Lake (Univ. Hertfordshire, UK)
- Helmut Dannerbauer (IAC, ES)
- Chris Evans (ESA/STScI)
- Victoria Grinberg (ESA/ESTEC, NL)
- Michaela Hirschmann (Neils Bohr Institute, DK)
- Marc Huertas Company (IAC, ES)
- Olivia Jones (UK-ATC)
- Ágnes Kóspál (Konkoly Obs., HU)
- Pierre-Olivier Lagage (CEA, FR)
- Susan Mullally (STScI, USA)
- Neill Reid (STScI, USA)
- Giulia Rodighiero (Univ. Padova, IT)
- Dominika Wylezalek (Univ. Heidelberg, DE)