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 will be held on 26-30 August 2019 at the Skyway Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy. The conference center is immersed in the breathtaking landscape of eternal ice and granite pinnacles of Mont Blanc. It is located at the Pavillion du Mont-Fréty (2,200m asl), the futuristic station with restaurants, bars and entertainment services reachable by the new cable car with 360° rotating cabins.

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.


Talk/Poster Abstract Information

Talk/Poster Abstract Submission: Please send an email to unsfuwithjwst2019@stsci.edu and indicate whether the abstract is for a talk or a poster.

Registration Information

Registration Fee: €550.00

Registration fee includes conference dinner, poster session reception and 5 roundtrip tickets for the Cable Car from Courmayeur/Entreves to the Conference Center at Pavillon du Mont-Fréty (2200m asl), plus a roundtrip ticket for the extra leg to Point Hellbronner (3,466m asl) for the social afternoon, planned on Wednesday August 28, 2019.

To Register for this Event: Complete and submit your form or payment at cifs.meetings@gmail.com

Disclaimer: Participants should be aware that since Courmayeur is located at 1300 m a.s.l (4270 ft) and the conference facility is at 2200m a.s.l (7220 ft), participation to the conference will require daily changes of altitude of approximately 900 m (3000 ft) . In addition, the optional journey to Punta Helbronner at 3466m (11380 ft) will provide an even more extreme change in altitude. People with certain medical conditions need to take special precautions when traveling at high altitudes and they should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare providers.

Important Dates:
June 30 Abstract submittal deadline
July 26 Registration deadline

Understanding the Nearby Star-forming Universe with JWST Materials

August 26, 2019 - August 30, 2019

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