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Sun 4 Jun 2023
Thu 8 Jun 2023


Albuquerque, NM


The 242nd American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting will include updates as the astronomical community prepares for the second year of science with JWST.

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop

Sunday, June 4 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MDT   
Registration fee: $50.00

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is revolutionizing our understanding of the universe with its unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution at infrared wavelengths. This workshop will provide an overview of the JWST proposal and planning tools with a specific focus on the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) and the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). In addition to seeing guided demonstrations, participants will take part in hands-on sessions and exercises to plan observations for selected science cases and observing modes. At the end of the workshop, a participant will be ready to use the JWST proposal tools to develop and submit a General Observer proposal.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

JWST Town Hall

Monday, June 5, 2023
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (MDT)

At the time of the 242nd summer AAS, the James Webb Space Telescope will have been gathering science data for almost a full year. We will have a complete picture of the science the observatory is capable of, and a new understanding of its operational efficiency. With new science results appearing at a rapid rate, the scientific community is now fully engaged with realizing the scientific potential of the observatory. In this town hall, we will review submission and selection statistic from Cycle 2, discuss the first trending metrics from a year of science operations, provide an overview of the JWST news process, and look forward to the upcoming Cycle 3 call for proposals. There will be ample time for questions from the community.

Speaker Topic

Klaus Pontoppidan, STScI, JWST Project Scientist

Introduction and welcome

Jane Rigby, NASA GSFC, JWST Operations Project Scientist

Update from the JWST project

Christine Chen, STScI, Science Mission Office

JWST Cycle 2 selection and Cycle 3 timeline

Hannah Braun, STScI, Office of Public Outreach

JWST Public Outreach and News process

Thomas Dutkiewicz, STScI, Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes

The new JWST archive portal


Special Session: First Results from the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (MDT)

For more information about JADES, visit the research webpage:

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth

June 4-8, during regular booth hours 

We have many resources in the booth to step you through planning observations with JWST. Our expert staff members will be on hand to provide individual assistance on a variety of topics from JWST instrument capabilities to proposal and planning tools (e.g., APT and ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. In addition, copies of the latest JWST Pocket Guide will be available. 



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