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Beyond JWST:
The Next Steps in UV-Optical-NIR Astronomy

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Workshop Summary Report

About The Event

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) sponsored a Workshop to engage the UV/optical/Near-IR (UVOIR) astronomy community to discuss its long-term goals for space-based astronomy and astrophysics. The meeting provided the community with an opportunity to look forward on a 25-year horizon to identify the scientific opportunities enabled by large and very large space telescopes.

One of the motivations for the workshop was to outline a path forward that would form the basis for a community-led report to the NRC 2010 Decadal Review Committee. Conveniently, a consortium of regional astronomy and space science institutions hosted an Astro2010 Town Hall at the Johns Hopkins University (just across the road from STScI) on the final afternoon (March 27) of the workshop.

The one-and-a-half-day workshop was held at the Space Telescope Science Institute on March 26-27, 2009. We welcomed participation from the UVOIR space astronomy community, and looked for vigorous discussion to help inform the workshop's summary report.

Immediately following the workshop, we prepared a concise summary of the presentations and submitted it to the NAS Astrophysics Survey Committee within two weeks of the end of the workshop.

The Workshop program was strongly science-based with topics covering: Detection & Characterization of Exoplanets; the Solar System; Local Galactic Neighborhood; Star Formation and Evolution; IGM and Chemical Evolution of Universe; Galaxy Formation & Evolution, and Cosmology: Dark Matter/Lensing/Dark Energy. There were posters and short summaries on future NASA mission concepts proposals, and on advanced technological possibilities for UVOIR telescopes.

Scientific Organizing Committee

The Scientific Organizing Committee: Alessandra Aloisi, Daniel Apai, Chris Blades, Jason Kalirai, Marc Postman, David Soderblom, Remi Soummer and Jason Tumlinson.

Sponsors

The workshop was sponsored by AURA, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. AURA is a consortium of universities and educational and other non-profit institutions that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA's members are 34 U.S. institutions and 7 internal affiliates. To learn more about AURA, please visit their web site.