In 2009, STScI director Matt Mountain appointed the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC) to advise the STScI on the Institute's readiness to support science operations with JWST, the implementation of NASA's science policies, and other matters related to the general observer program. Garth Illingworth is the JSTAC Chair. We provide links below to the JSTAC charter and membership. Garth and the members of the JSTAC would welcome comments and concerns from future Webb observers.
July 2013 Update
A presentation was made by the Chair of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC), Garth Illingworth, and JSTAC member Brad Peterson to the JWST Science Working Group on July 22nd, 2013. The presentation summarizes JSTAC recommendations for shorter proprietary time periods for JWST observations, to maximize the scientific return from the mission.
May 2013: The Seventh Meeeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The JSTAC met at STScI on May 08-09th 2013. The meeting included updates to the committee from NASA HQ, GSFC, and STScI, on the program status and budget, project science, status of the S&OC, and plans for JWST's early release science program and data analysis tools. There was also a discussion of JWST grant funding needs, proprietary time, and lessons learned from previous large missions.
A letter was submitted to the STScI Director by the JSTAC on July 28th, 2013, concerning the committee's recommendation for the level of GO funding during JWST science operations.
December 2012: The Sixth meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The JSTAC met at STScI on Dec 10-11th 2012. Several presentations were given, including the status of STScI's readiness for science operations, proactive outreach strategies, SODRM update, and much more. Action items were collected for the next meeting, which will occur in May 2013.
May 2012: The Fifth Meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
A webex JSTAC meeting was held on May 18th to review the status of JWST. Presentations were given by NASA HQ, the STScI Directorate, and the JWST Mission Office at STScI.
February 2012 Update
This letter from the JSTAC was sent to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State and Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, and was copied to the cc list on page 3 of the letter.
June 1-2, 2011:The Fourth Meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The JSTAC met at STScI on June 1 and 2 to review development status.
December 1-2, 2010: The Third Meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The third meeting of the JSTAC was held at the STScI on Dec.1-2, 2010. The committee reviewed the recommendations of the ICRP report and NASA's response from Eric Smith and the new Project Manager, Bill Ochs. NASA and STScI scientists presented reports on the primary mirror development and outreach to the astronomical community.
May 27-28, 2010: The Second Meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The second meeting of the JSTAC was held at the STScI on May 27-28, 2010. The committee reviewed the considerable progress in both the JWST Project and the SOC development since the meeting in November. It also considered ways to provide science data to the community early in mission in order to maximize Webb's lifetime productivity over its nominal lifetime.
November 4-5, 2009: The First Meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee (JSTAC)
The first meeting of the JSTAC appointed by Matt Mountain was held at the STScI on November 4-5, 2009. In addition to hearing briefings on the technical and scientific progress of the project, the JSTAC discussed and made recommendations on the NASA science policies and their implementation. The JSTAC will meet semi-annually to advise on the Institute's readiness to conduct the Webb science mission.