NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

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. The JSTAC is now advisory to STScI Direct Ken Sembach. Garth Illingworth is the JSTAC chair.  Garth and the members of the committee welcome comments and concerns from future Webb observers.  The JSTAC charter and membership are provided below.

The final meeting of the JSTAC took place in July 2017. 

Over the past few years, the committee has written more than a dozen letters to the STScI Director. These letters make recommendations for maximizing JWST science, and include topics such as:

  • the Early Release Science program
  • proprietary time
  • proposal selection process
  • observing overheads
  • parallel observations
  • GO funding level
  • and more 

The letters, and a few related presentations, are available at the bottom of this page.

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Jul 2017
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The 15th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • July 6 - 7, 2017

The JSTAC met at STScI on July 6-7 2017. The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC. STScI presented updates on a full range of user support issues including proposal planning and user support tools; the JWST user documentation schedule; and the data processing pipeline and calibration plans. STScI also summarized the response from the...

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Nov 2016
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The 14th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • November 29 - 30, 2016

The JSTAC met at STScI on Nov 29-30 2016.  The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC.  JWST community science support will formally begin in 2017, and STScI presented updates on a full range of user support issues including on community engagement and education; documentation; proposal planning software and tools; pipeline software and...

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Jun 2016
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The 13th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee

Committee Meeting • June 2 - 3, 2016 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on Jun 02-03rd 2016.  The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC. The Acting NASA Associate Administrator for Science and the Astrophysics Division Director also attended parts of the meeting and engaged in discussions with the committee.  STScI presented the committee an update on their work for science and flight...

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Dec 2015
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The 12th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee

Committee Meeting • December 2 - 3, 2015 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on Dec 02-03rd 2015. The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC, including a presentation on the mirror integration. STScI presented the committee a complete update on their work for science and flight operations for JWST, including separate presentations related to JWST calibration and pipeline development, data...

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May 2015
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The 11th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee

Committee Meeting • May 21 - 22, 2015 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on May 21-22nd 2015. The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC. STScI presented the committee a comprehensive update on their work for science and flight operations for JWST, including separate presentations on activities related to engaging the science community on JWST, data analysis tools, planning for the Early...

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Dec 2014
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The 10th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • December 3 - 4, 2014 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on Dec 03-04th, 2014. The committee heard updates on the status, schedule, and budget of the JWST program from NASA HQ and GSFC, including an update on CV2 and the sunshield. STScI also presented the committee a comprehensive update on JWST data analysis tools, an approach for setting categories of proposals for JWST Cycle 1, ideas on shaping the format of an Early Release Science...

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Apr 2014
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The 9th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • April 29 - 30, 2014 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI and GSFC on Apr 29-30th, 2014. During the first day of the meeting at STScI, the JSTAC heard presentations from STScI on the FY14 budget, an overview of the Science and Operations Center, activities happening under Project Science for JWST, a presentation on the science capability of parallel observations with JWST, and a number of policy discussions related to grant administration,...

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Nov 2013
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The 8th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • November 21 - 22, 2013 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on Nov 21-22nd, 2013. During the meeting, the NASA HQ Acting Program Director, the GSFC Program Manager, and the Senior Project Scientist for JWST each presented updates on the Program budget, schedule, status, and Science Working Group activities. STScI also presented several talks on the status of community interaction initiatives, ongoing work on building data simulations,...

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May 2013
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The 7th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • May 8 - 9, 2013 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The JSTAC met at STScI on May 8-9th, 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 Science Operations Center, and plans for JWST's Early Release Science Program, and progress on data analysis tools. There was also a discussion of JWST grant funding needs, proprietary time, and lessons learned from...

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Dec 2012
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The 6th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • December 10 - 11, 2012 • STScI, Baltimore MD

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.  More information is available on the JSTAC page.

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May 2012
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The 5th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • May 18, 2012 • Telecon

A webex JSTAC meeting was held on May 18th, 2012 to review the status of JWST. The committee heard presentations from NASA HQ, the STScI Directorate, and the JWST Mission Office at STScI.  More information is available on the JSTAC page.

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Jun 2011
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The 4th Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • June 1 - 2, 2011 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The 4th meeting of the JSTAC was held at STScI on Jun 1-2nd, 2011. During the meeting, the committee reviewed the development status of science operations at STScI.  More information is available on the JSTAC page.

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Dec 2010
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The 3rd Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • December 1 - 2, 2010 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The 3rd meeting of the JSTAC was held at STScI on Dec 1-2nd, 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.  More information is available on the JSTAC page.

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May 2010
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The 2nd Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • May 27 - 28, 2010 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The 2nd meeting of the JSTAC was held at the STScI on May 27-28th, 2010. The committee reviewed the considerable progress in both the JWST Project and the Science Operating Center development since the meeting in November 2009. It also considered ways to provide science data to the community early in mission in order to maximize JWST's lifetime productivity over its nominal lifetime.  More information...

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Nov 2009
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The 1st Meeting of the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC)

Committee Meeting • November 4 - 5, 2009 • STScI, Baltimore MD

The 1st meeting of the JSTAC appointed by Matt Mountain was held at the STScI on Nov 4-5th, 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.  More...

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