About Event

Tue 16 May 2023
Fri 19 May 2023


Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact Information

Have questions? Please contact STScI.


Building on the foundational work enabled by HST and Spitzer, one of JWST’s main scientific drivers is the study of the origins of life, from planetary formation and exoplanetary systems to investigations of our own solar system. The data to be collected through ERS, GTO, and Cycle 1 GO programs over the coming months will revolutionize our current understanding of chemical compositions within the atmospheres of exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and the planets, moons, and minor bodies of the solar system. Studies of protoplanetary and debris disks will establish fundamental initial conditions and endpoints for forming these planetary systems. The power of JWST will expand through development of multi-wavelength synergies with other missions, particularly HST, enabling astrobiologists to develop more accurate simulations of biosignatures on other worlds.

Given these exciting prospects, the 2023 STScI Spring Symposium will be on “Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life in the Era of JWST”, named intentionally after one of the mission’s four main science themes. The symposium will bring together researchers working on planetary systems and their precursors, the solar system, and astrobiology, stimulating discussions and exchange of ideas for future JWST cycles.

We will also hold a pre-symposium workshop for early career researchers, where local experts will provide guidance and mentorship for the upcoming generation of scientists who will use JWST on Monday, May 15, 2023.  The in-person Spring Symposium will begin on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 through and including Friday, May 19, 2023. The Symposium will include invited reviews and regular/short contributed talks and posters selected from abstract submissions. All participants will need to register for the Symposium. Registration will be open from March 14 - April 14, 2023. Submission of a poster or talk abstract does not register submitters for the Symposium. Registration is a separate process.


Important Dates

February 10 Abstract submission deadline for talks and posters
March 14 Registration opens
April 14 Registration closes
May 15 Introductory workshop for early career scientists
May 16 Spring Symposium begins


  • Nicole Arulanantham, Chair (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Leonardo Dos Santos, Chair (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Isabel Rebollido, Chair (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Christine Chen (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • John Debes (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Dean Hines (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Bryan Holler (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Elena Manjavacas (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Jamila Pegues (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Amaya Moro-Martin (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Nikolay Nikolov (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Emily Rickman (ESA/Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • Dana Anderson (Carnegie EPL)
  • Kim Ward-Duong (Smith College)
  • Tiffany Kataria (NASA JPL)
  • David Sing (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Schuyler Wolff (Steward Observatory / U. Arizona)
  • Naomi Rowe-Gurney (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Jocelyne DiRuggiero (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Jacob Lustig-Yaeger (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab)

Event Materials