Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VI
Entering a Golden Age for UV – Optical – IR Space Astronomy
Hotel Hasselbacken Stockholm, Sweden
We are entering a new golden age for astronomy. A wealth of multiwavelength and now multi-messenger astrophysical observatories, from space and from the ground, are currently operating or being planned, to work in synergy and advance our collective understanding of the Universe.
Hubble, the ever versatile observatory, result of a long-lasting collaboration between NASA and ESA, provides un-matched UV-visible capabilities. Next April, we will celebrate 30 splendid years of scientific contributions to ALL branches of astronomy, from the detailed observation of the Solar System, to the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, to the exploration of the distant Universe. In spite of its age, Hubble is going strong and we anticipate many more scientific breakthroughs ahead, as we expect the observatory to be scientifically productive well into the 2025s.
At the same time, the countdown is accelerating to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, planned for March 2021. Webb’s unique combination of sensitivity, near and mid-infrared wavelength coverage and spatial resolution promises to revolutionise our view of the Universe. The Webb project is an international collaboration between NASA, ESA, and CSA. As part of its contribution to the project, ESA and its member states provide the NIRSpec instrument, part of the MIRI instrument, the Ariane 5 launcher, and staff to support mission operations at STScI.
We can’t wait to have these two highly complementary observatories operate together. In synergy, they will push the boundaries of knowledge on the backdrop of a rapidly evolving astronomical landscape. In space, GAIA will soon have completed its nominal high-precision astrometric and photometric census of the Milky Way. TESS is already discovering multitudes of exoplanets candidates around the nearest stars, triggering a cascade of follow-up observations. Some of them are already planned on CHEOPS, which will be launched shortly. JWST will then do the spectroscopic follow-up. We are also only a few years away from the launch of Euclid, and its quest to derive the geometry of the Universe. On the ground, ALMA is delivering exciting results and the E-ELT is expected to see first light in 2025, providing follow-up to the first two cycles of JWST observations. The second half of the decade will be further enriched by a suite of major new space missions: WFIRST will probe the expansion of the Universe in the near-infrared, followed by PLATO and ARIEL, detecting and characterizing exoplanets, and ATHENA, and LISA probing the high-energy Universe.
In this exciting context, this conference will have these goals:
- Celebrating Hubble’s 30-year scientific legacy and showcasing its latest results across all branches of astronomy.
- Challenging the community to think and present how to best utilise Hubble and Webb, together and in combination with other facilities in space or on the ground.
- Looking further into the future, posing the scientific questions that will shape the field of astrophysics in the next decade.
The conference will last 3.5 days, from Monday morning (March 30th) to Thursday at lunch, included (April 2nd). The scientific program will be a combination of invited talks (20 minutes) and contributed talks (10 minutes). Contributed talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Preference will be given to contributions that present new Hubble results, and/or effectively address the synergy between Hubble and JWST. On Thursday afternoon, a JWST Master Class workshop will be held, to continue through Friday (April 3rd). Participants are encouraged to attend the JWST Master Class Workshop (led by Arjan Bik), which will provide tools and information to help with the submission of a JWST proposal.
|November 22||Abstract submission deadline for contributed talks and posters|
|December 1||Registration deadline for JWST Master Class Workshop|
|December 16||Decisions on contributed talks and posters communicated to submitters|
Antonella Nota, Co-Chair (ESA/STScI)
Pierre Ferruit, Co-Chair (ESA)
Alessandra Aloisi (STScI)
Stephane Charlot (Institut d’ Astrophysique de Paris)
Daniela Calzetti (University of Massachusetts)
Roger Davies (University of Oxford)
Rene Doyon (University of Montreal)
Matthew Hayes (Stockholm University)
Marcia J. Rieke (Steward Observatory)
Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
Monica Tosi (INAF Bologna)
Jennifer J. Wiseman (NASA/GSFC)
Gillian Wright (UK Astronomy Technology Centre)
Angela Adamo, Co-Chair (Stockholm University)
Göran Östlin, Co-Chair (Stockholm University)
Anna Björk (Stockholm University)
Arjan Bik (Stockholm University)
Lorenza Della Bruna (Stockholm University)
Elena Puga (ESA)
Axel Runnholm (Stockholm University)
Alexandra Le Reste (Stockholm University)
Marco Sirianni (ESA)
Mattia Sirressi (Stockholm University)
Paule Sonnentrucker (ESA/STScI)
Angela Adamo (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Danielle Berg (Ohio State University, USA)
Beth Biller (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK)
Gabe Brammer (The Cosmic Dawn Center, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Denmark)
Kevin France (University of Colorado, Boulder USA)
John Mather (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
Adam Riess (Johns Hopkins University/Space Telescope Science Institute, USA)
Julia Roman-Duval (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA)
Angelos Tsiaras (University College London, UK)
Abstract deadline has been extended until November 22, 2019. Please submit your abstract by November 22, 2019. Please include "Abstract Submission" in the subject line. Title, author(s) and abstract text will go in the body of the message. The titles of the abstracts selected for contributed talks will be published on this website on December 16th. All others are welcome to submit a poster.
A JWST Master Class Workshop will be held, starting on Thursday April 2nd, to continue through Friday (April 3rd). Conference participants are encouraged to attend the JWST Master Class Workshop, led by Arjan Bik, which will provide tools and information to help with the submission of a JWST proposal. On Thursday afternoon, there will be plenary lectures and tutorials, while on Friday splinter sessions will be organized on the different observing modes of JWST. These splinter sessions will consist of hands-on training with the proposal preparation tools with the aim of giving you the knowledge to optimize your work for the Cycle 1 proposal deadline. The workshop is included in the conference registration, but a separate registration is required for logistical reasons.
The registration fee has been set to $400 USD. This fee includes a cocktail reception on Monday night, lunches on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and the conference banquet on Wednesday night.
Wednesday afternoon will be free. There will be no on-site registration in Stockholm.
An Evening to Remember
When the last visitor of the day has left the museum, the magical transformation of the Vasa Museum begins. An event by Vasa cannot be compared to anything you have seen before. Here you will be able to travel back to 1628 as you walk around the mighty warship Vasa. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed, the warship was salvaged and the voyage now continues. Today Vasa is the world's best preserved 17th-century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. You will be able to see it in all its glory, the unique and well preserved warship Vasa from 1628, embellished with hundreds of wooden sculptures.
Around 1.5 million visitors every year enjoy the exhibitions in the museum, which describe the warship Vasa's history and life at the time; how, after 333 years at the bottom of Stockholm bay, the ship was rediscovered and salvaged; and the research which is now underway to preserve Vasa. The Vasa Museum lies in the royal parkland, Djurgården, in Stockholm.
The evening will begin with guided tours around the ship arranged by knowledgeable and friendly English speaking guides, provided by the Vasa Museum. After the tour you will sit down at a candle lit table just beneath the once golden lion that beautifies the beakhead of Vasa.
The conference banquet is included in the conference registration fee.
The Hotel Hasselbacken is a historical landmark in the city of Stockholm. The first records of its restaurant (Dunderhyttan) go back to the mid-1700s. Back then, it was an establishment with five tables and some twenty chairs. In 1816, a half-timbered building was built in the finest Gustavian style, which over the years became known as “Gubbhyllan” (literally Old Man’s shelf). Its glory days began when the well-known confectioner Jacob Wilhelm Davidson opened the doors of “Restaurant Hasselbacken”. The year 1853 was the start of a golden era for the restaurant, thanks to good food, Swedish punch songs and singing.
On August 16, 1872, a Bellman statue was erected in the garden and can still be seen today. Alfred Nyström was the name of the sculptor and August Strindberg was his model. That same year, a ferocious fire, lasting eight days, burned the entire building to the ground. Just two years later, a new building rose from the ashes and quickly became the preferred choice of venue for locals of all classes — nobility as well as ordinary people.
In 1923, Hasselbacken burned down again (for the seventh time) and a new building was completed in 1925. Today this building contains a restaurant, conference and banquet hall. From 1947 to 1969, a restaurant academy was run at Hasselbacken. and over the years, Hasselbacken began to lose its former glory. In 1984, extensive restoration and renovation began. On the back of the restaurant, a new hotel building was built and in 1992 Scandic Hasselbacken opened a hotel, conference and restaurant on site. On February 7th the ownership of Hasselbacken’s operations on Djurgården in Stockholm was passed from Scandic Hotels to Pop House Sweden. Pop House Sweden was founded in 2014 and consists of ABBA The Museum, Pop House Hotel and Cirkus. On February 7th the ownership of Hasselbacken’s operations on Djurgården in Stockholm was passed from Scandic Hotels to Pop House Sweden. Pop House Sweden was founded in 2014 and consists of ABBA The Museum, Pop House Hotel and Cirkus.
Hotel Hasselbacken is conveniently located and easily reachable from the Stockholm train station and the international airport Arlanda.
We have reserved a room block at the Hotel Hasselbacken for those interested in the convenience of staying at the conference venue. Details will be provided soon. Additionally, the city of Stockholm offers a broad variety of hotels satisfying diverse budget requirements.
Travel to Stockholm
Stockholm public transportation is efficient and well organised. You can travel to Stockholm central station from Stockholm International Airport Arlanda by taxi, express train (20 minutes), or bus (50 minutes) which will take you directly from the airport to Stockholm central station. From there it is very easy to reach any place in Stockholm.
- Fast train from/to the airport. The ticket can be purchased online or from the machines at the terminals/platform (NB that buying the ticket on the train, while possible, is considerably more expensive). To reach the platform, follow the signs for "Arlanda Express".
- Bus. Tickets can be purchased online, from the machines at the terminal, or on the bus. Only credit cards can be used on the bus and machines. Follow the signs to reach the bus stop and look for the "Flygbussarna" sign.
- How to book a taxi. If you book in advance and provide the flight number, the driver will pick you up outside the security area. You may also go directly to the taxi stand, where there are separate lines for the various taxi companies. We recommend that you use one of the larger companies (such as Taxi Stockholm, TaxiKurir or Taxi 020) which have regulated prices while some smaller companies may try to take advantage. The same applies if you take a taxi for transport within Stockholm — stick to the major companies or ask for the price in advance.
Once in central station, you can navigate the Stockholm public transportation network (subway, trams, buses). You will need to provide your location and the destination address. Note that you need to buy your tickets in advance, you cannot buy them on the buses/trams. An SL Access card is recommended. They are available at metro stations and most kiosks like "Pressbyrån." You can put prepaid tickets on them, or charge it with a sum of money from which the fee for new tickets is drawn.
How to Reach the Conference Venue
The conference will take place at the Hotel Hasselbacken.
All talk sessions will take place in the Hazeliussalen room. Poster sessions, coffee breaks, and the Monday evening reception will take place in the Spegel salen. Lunches will be served at the hotel restaurant.
The hotel is located in the beautiful area of Djurgården and connected with the rest of the city by tramline 7, bus line 67, and by boat "Djurgårdsfärjan" (SL tickets valid) or "M/S Emilie" (tickets bought onboard). View directions to the hotel.
For getting around in Stockholm, you may also find rental bikes and scooters from several operators. Read more information on Stockholm city.
Practical Information on Payments
Credit cards are widely accepted, but some shops and restaurants no longer accept cash.