JWST commissioning and first science from a UK perspective

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The highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was launched on 25th December 2021. Now all eyes are turning to the first light observations and the early science data, after the six months of commissioning. JWST is providing unprecedented imaging and spectroscopic observations of the universe at 0.6—28 microns making fundamental changes to how we view the cosmos. JWST will undoubtedly be making new discoveries in most areas of astronomy and astrophysics for many years to come.

UK community engagement with JWST is extremely high – over 40% of proposals in JWST’s first year of operations have at least one UK based investigator! This meeting aims to bring together observers, and developers of data analysis tools and theoretical models and simulations used for interpreting JWST data. The aim is to foster knowledge exchange of this cutting-edge telescope to optimise future science observations, and highlight first results and public datasets during this exciting year of first light. 

Contributed talks in all relevant areas are solicited. It is anticipated that contributed talks will be allocated 15 minutes each, including time for discussion.

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10.30 - 11.00   Overview: Peter Jakobsen (University of Copenhagen)

12.00 - 12.20   Astrochemistry: Helen Frasier (Open University)

13.00 - 13.30   Lunch

13.30 - 13.50   First light: Steve Wilkins (University of Sussex)

14.20 - 14.40   Galaxy assembly: Sandro Tacchella (University of Cambridge)

15.10 - 15.30   Discussion


Olivia Jones (UK ATC),

Emma Curtis Lake (Hertfordshire)

Sarah Kendrew (ESA/STScI)

Dan Dicken (UKATC)

Gillian Wright (UKATC)

Tim Rawle (ESA/STScI)