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JWST Proposal Planning Workshop

Science Meeting
May 15 - 18, 2017
Baltimore, MD

In support of the first JWST call for proposals, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is pleased to announce a workshop to educate the general astronomical community about the JWST Proposal Planning process. This workshop will take place at STScI in Baltimore, MD on May 15-18, 2017. The main goal of this workshop is to provide hands-on teaching for the JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), the JWST Target Visibility Tools, and the JWST Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT).

The Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) calculates the detailed performance of the observatory by modeling astronomical scenes consisting of single or multiple point and extended sources. It offers full support for all of the JWST observing modes. There are two Target Visibility Tools to help you assess target visibilities before you enter information in APT: the General Target Visibility Tool (GTVT) predicts visibility windows and position angles for all instruments, and the Coronagraphic Visibility Tool (CVT) provides target visibility information for the NIRCam and MIRI coronagraphic modes. The Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) is used to write, validate and submit proposals.

The JWST Guaranteed Time Observers (GTOs) will submit Cycle 1 observing descriptions on April 1, 2017. We plan to illustrate the proposal planning process and the tools mentioned above using a subset of the NIRCam, NIRSpec, NIRISS, MIRI and Telescope Scientist GTO programs. During the workshop, GTOs will describe the science and technical motivation for half a dozen programs. STScI staff will step participants through ETC calculations and Target Visibility and APT planning for each program and will be available to provide help with ERS and GO cycle 1 proposal planning during unstructured open periods.

More information on JWST capabilities and observing opportunities can be found in the JWST User Documentation (JDox) pages.

For questions regarding the workshop you can contact us at:

Notes for the workshop:

  • To ensure a smooth start for the breakout sessions, please install all of the necessary software ahead of time. Software installation instructions are provided to facilitate the process.
  • To allow the fast exchange of information among the onsite and remote participants and STScI support staff, we invite everyone involved to join the JWST Proposal Planning Slack team. A few default channels have been created for discussions involving APT, ETC, the target visibility tools, coronagraphy and mosaics, but more can be created by users as needed. A search bar allows to scan the channels for specific information. Below is the invitation to join the JWST Proposal Planning Slack team:

Slack can be accessed from any desktop or mobile app. You will need to create a username and password. After you have joined, the direct access is:

Agenda for Monday, May 15, 2017 (8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
8:00-8:30 Registration/Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Welcome/Getting ready for JWST Cycle 1 Massimo Stiavelli, Christine Chen &
Amaya Moro-Martín (STScI)
9:00-9:30 Science Case 1 High Contrast Imaging of Planetary Systems with NIRCam and MIRI Marshall Perrin  (STScI)
9:30-10:00 Science Case 2 SN 1987A: The Formation and Evolution of Dust in a Supernova Explosion Margaret Meixner  (STScI)
10:00-10:30 Science Case 3 Brown Dwarfs in Star Forming Clusters (NIRCam Imaging + NIRSpec MOS Same Cycle) Catarina Alves de Oliveira (ESA)
10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Science Case 4 NIRSpec Multi-Object Spectroscopy of Distant Galaxies Pierre Ferruit (ESA)
11:30-12:00 Science Case 5 Planning a Deep NIRCam Survey Marcia Rieke (University of Arizona)
12:00-12:30 Science Case 6 Observing Galaxies in and behind Massive Lensing Clusters with NIRISS Slitless Spectroscopy and NIRCam Imaging Chris Willott (HIA)
12:30-1:30 Lunch (Azafran)
1:30-2:30 ETC/APT/TVT Installation Debugging  TBD
2:30-3:00 Pandeia: Introduction to the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) Klaus Pontoppidan (STScI)
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
3:30-5:30 ETC Breakout Sessions I:

Agenda for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
8:00-8:30 Light Breakfast
8:30-10:30 ETC Breakout Sessions II:
10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee Break
11:00-11:15 JDOX: Preparing Your Proposal with JWST User Handbook Documentation Ori Fox
11:15-11:30 JWST Help Desk Dan Coe
11:30-12:30 Introduction to Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) and Target Visibility Tools Bill Blair
12:30-1:00 JWST Overheads Jeff Valenti
1:00-2:00 Lunch (Azafran)
2:00-3:30 APT Breakout Sessions I:
3:30-4:00 Afternoon Coffee Break

APT Breakout Sessions I (cont.):

Agenda for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
8:00-8:30 Light Breakfast
8:30-10:00 APT Breakout Sessions II:
10:00-10:30 Morning Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 APT Breakout Sessions II (cont.):
12:00-1:30 Lunch (Azafran)
1:30-3:00 Open Time (Auditorium and CafeCon)
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 STScI colloquium: Detailed Physical Conditions and Star Formation in the ISM of Nearby Galaxies Adam Leroy
(The Ohio State University)
3:30-5:30 Open Time (CafeCon and Azafran)

Agenda for Thursday, May 18, 2017 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
8:00-8:30 Light Breakfast
8:30-9:00 The JWST Calibration Pipeline Karl Gordon
9:00-9:30 JWST Data Analysis Tools and Community Software Harry Ferguson
9:30-10:00 Morning Coffee Break
10:00-12:30 Open Time (Auditorium and CafeCon)

Poster Presentations

Title Presenter
CHANDRA X-ray observatory and Hubble Space Telescope observations of the intermediate-age cluster GLIMPSE-C01 Jeremy Hare (The George Washington University), Oleg Kargaltsev, Blagoy Rangelov, Leisa Townsley, Patrick Broos
Dusty stellar populations of the Local Volume Galaxies with JWST/MIRI

Olivia Jones (STScI)

Estimating exposure times for lensed SMGs using JWST ETC Kedar Phadke (Astronomy Department University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The JWST NIRSpec Calibration Pipeline C. Pavlovsky and the NIRSpec Team (STScI)
Mapping the Large-Scale Structure of Colliding Wind Interaction Regions with Forbidden Emission Lines Richard Ignace (Department of Physics & Astronomy, East Tennessee State University)
MIRI Observations of Nearby Galaxies Macarena Garcia Marin, Torsten Böker, Gillian Wright, Almudena Alonso-Herrero, Dan Dicken, Fabian Walter, Alvaro Labiano-Ortega, Ruyman Azzollin, and the MIRI Team
MIRISim Pamela Klaassen (UK ATC) on behalf of the MIRISim team, Part of the MIRI European Consortium
MIRI, the Mid-IR instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope Macarena Garcia Marin, Gillian Wright, George Rieke, Alistair Glasse, Mike Ressler and the MIRI Team
MSA Spectral Visualization Prototype Graham Kanarek (STScI)
Optimizing Your NIRSpec MOS Observations: MPT Performance Statistics E. Wislowski, T. L. Beck, D. Karakla (STScI)
Planning your JWST/NIRSpec Observation: NIRCam pre-imaging visualization tool for NIRSpec L. Ubeda, T. L. Beck, and the NIRSpec Team (STScI)
Pointing Requirements and Acquisition Procedures for JWST/NIRSpec Observations Charles D. (Tony) Keyes, C.R. Proffitt, C. Alves de Oliveira, T.L. Beck, D. Garland, R. Koehler, and D. Karakla (STScI)
The Proposal Planning Process for NIRSpec Observations T. L. Beck, D. Karakla, L. Ubeda, and the NIRSpec Team (STScI)
Star clusters as footprints of star formation in local galaxies: first year results from the LEGUS treasury program Angela Adamo (Stockholm University)