Conferences

Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VI
Entering a Golden Age for UV – Optical – IR Space Astronomy

Mon 30 Mar 2020
Fri 3 Apr 2020
Location:

Hotel Hasselbacken Stockholm, Sweden

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Description:

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.

Important Dates:
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)