24-25 Feb 2020 Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)


The first call for proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope will open on January 23rd 2020, with an expected deadline on May 1st 2020. In order to prepare the community to the proposal submission process, we are organizing a workshop at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, on 24-25 Feb 2020, to allow future investigators to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of JWST instruments, proposal and planning tools. 
The workshop is intented for the entire french community, covering all the thematics of our national programs. It is part of a series of workshops organized across Europe and coordinated by ESA.  The workshop will provide an overview of the scientific landscape that will be addressed by JWST observations, with oral contributions from experts in the community. In addition to general presentations focused on the mission status, documentation and instruments functionalities, ample time will be dedicated to hands-on sessions. Each session will consist of guided demonstrations and exercises to plan observations with selected science cases and observing modes. At the end of the workshop, participants should be ready to plan, write and submit proposals for the GO Cycle 1 call. 


Due to logistical constraints space will be limited to 50 participants on a first come, fist served basis. There is no registration fee, but we strongly encourage interested people to register as soon as possible using their scienceconf account (or create one if necessary). Limited financial support is available for a few participants.



The scientific contributions will include: 

  • Overview presentation of the JWST capabilities 
  • Update on the JWST status
  • Planned GTO programs with NIRSpec(/NIRCam) and MIRI  
  • Specific talks about the core science cases and available observing modes with JWST from exoplanets to the high-redshift universe 
  • Detailed information about the Call for Proposals and proposal tools available
  • Proposal preparation roadmap 

The hands-on sessions will cover the following topics:

  • The main proposal tools (ETC, APT)
  • Imaging
  • Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS)
  • Multi-Object and Slit Spectroscopy
  • Wide Field Slitless Spectroscopy (WFSS)
  • Coronography
  • Parallel observations

A detailed program is now available here https://jwstfrance.sciencesconf.org/program. The workshop will take place in Salle des Séminaires at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris.

Preparation for the Master Class

Participants to the Master Class are expected to install the main JWST tools on their computers prior to the workshop. We recommend installing the latest version of the Astonomers Proposal Tool (APT) from the STScI website: http://www.stsci.edu/scientific-community/software/astronomers-proposal-tool-apt . We also recommend creating a MyST account in order to work with the online exposure time calculator (ETC) here: https://jwst.etc.stsci.edu/

Organizing Committee

  • Hakim Atek (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris) (Chair)
  • Olivier Berné (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie)
  • Stephane Charlot (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
  • Dan Dicken (CEA, Departement d'Astrophysique)
  • Hervé Dole (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale)
  • Pierre Ferruit (European Space Agency)
  • Pierre Guillard (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
  • Emilie Habart (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale)
  • Pierre-Olivier Lagage (CEA, Departement d'Astrophysique)
  • Elena Puga (European Space Agency)
  • Johan Richard (Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon)
  • Laurence Tresse (Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon)


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