Science Meeting

Understanding the Nearby Star-forming Universe with JWST

Mon 26 Aug 2019
Fri 30 Aug 2019

Skyway Mont Blanc, Courmayeur, Italy


Understanding the way nature assembles matter into stars remains one of the key problems in astrophysics. We know that stars mostly form in clustered systems enshrouded by the densest regions of giant molecular clouds. The process is accompanied by a rich, multi-wavelength phenomenology tracing mass accretion, outflows, radiative energy, and momentum feedback into the parental cloud and nearby young stellar objects.

The James Webb Space Telescope, with its complement of infrared instrumentation offering an unparalleled combination of sensitivity and diffraction limited performance, will open a new window on the process of star formation. The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems represents one of the original science drivers of the JWST. Approaching the JWST Call for Proposal for Cycle 1 observations, we invite the community to discuss the potential impact of JWST on our understanding of star formation, also in light of the recent advances enabled by ALMA and Gaia, and the prospects enabled by the next generation of giant telescopes.

This meeting will include invited reviews on the Guaranteed Time and Early Release Science Programs, contributed talks and hands-on sessions on the JWST Exposure Time Calculator and Proposal Tool. Topics include:

  • Open problems in star formation
  • Protostars and Class 0 objects
  • Accretion disks
  • Mass loss, jets, and HH objects
  • Massive stars, feedback, and multiplicity
  • Substellar objects in the field and as companions
  • Star formation in the local universe (LMC and beyond)

The conference is jointly organized by STScI, ESA, the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley, the Turin Astrophysical Observatory, and the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale, also based in Turin.

Due to the limited capacity of the auditorium, the number of attendees will be capped at 120.




To submit talk/poster abstract, please send an email and indicate whether the abstract is for a talk or a poster.

Important Dates:
June 1 Abstract submittal deadline
July 26 Registration deadline

For technical assistance, please contact the JWST Help Desk.

The NASA James Webb Space Telescope, developed in partnership with ESA and CSA, is operated by AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

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