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JWST Focus Meeting at 2018 IAU General Assembly

News Feature May 17, 2018

2018 IAU General Assembly promotion

Curious about the science that will come in the first year of operations of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)?  The 2018 International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly (GA) includes a JWST Focus Meeting that will include six sessions spanning August 20-22, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.   Speakers for this JWST Focus Meeting have been finalized and include keynote addresses by:

  • Dr. John Mather, JWST Senior Project Scientist and Nobel Laureate
  • Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, IAU President Elect and Watson Medal Winner
  • Professor René Doyon, PI JWST NIRISS and Newcomb Cleveland Prize Winner
  • Professor Guenther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science and Leibniz Prize Winner

 The JWST Focus Meeting sessions will include talks that aim to address:

  •  Webb’s History and Science Instruments
  • Interstellar Matter and Local Universe Science with Webb
  • Galaxies and Cosmology Science with Webb
  • Stars and Stellar Physics Science with Webb
  • Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy Science with Webb
  • Webb’s Current Status and Looking Toward the Future

Posters will be an integral part of the JWST Focus Meeting.  Poster viewing/presenting will be available during breaks and dedicated poster sessions. Posters will be exhibited for the full time of each meeting.  A new option for poster exhibition will be provided by an electronic system, called PICO, to which posters and oral presentations can be uploaded and viewed for the whole 2-week GA at 10 stations on touch screens distributed over the conference venue.

With the 2018 IAU General Assembly scheduled for August, deadlines are fast approaching:

  • Poster abstract submissions are due May 31, 2018.
  • The registration deadline is June 30, 2018.

You can register and submit your abstracts on the IAU GA website.

The agenda and additional meeting information is available on the JWST: Launch, Commissioning, and Cycle 1 Science event page.

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