Conferences

Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VI
Entering a Golden Age for UV – Optical – IR Space Astronomy

Mon 14 Sep 2020
Thu 17 Sep 2020
Location:

Hotel Hasselbacken Stockholm, Sweden

Contact Information:

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Description:

We are entering a new golden age for astronomy. A wealth of multiwavelength and now multi-messenger astrophysical observatories, from space and from the ground, are currently operating or being planned, to work in synergy and advance our collective understanding of the Universe.

Hubble, the ever versatile observatory, result of a long-lasting collaboration between NASA and ESA, provides un-matched UV-visible capabilities. Next April, we will celebrate 30 splendid years of scientific contributions to ALL branches of astronomy, from the detailed observation of the Solar System, to the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, to the exploration of the distant Universe. In spite of its age, Hubble is going strong and we anticipate many more scientific breakthroughs ahead, as we expect the observatory to be scientifically productive well into 2025.

At the same time, the countdown is accelerating to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, planned for March 2021. Webb’s unique combination of sensitivity, near and mid-infrared wavelength coverage and spatial resolution promises to revolutionize our view of the Universe. The Webb project is an international collaboration between NASA, ESA, and CSA. As part of its contribution to the project, ESA and its member states provide the NIRSpec instrument, part of the MIRI instrument, the Ariane 5 launcher, and staff to support mission operations at STScI.

We can’t wait to have these two highly complementary observatories operate together. In synergy, they will push the boundaries of knowledge on the backdrop of a rapidly evolving astronomical landscape. In space, GAIA will soon have completed its nominal high-precision astrometric and photometric census of the Milky Way. TESS is already discovering multitudes of exoplanets candidates around the nearest stars, triggering a cascade of follow-up observations. Some of them are already planned on CHEOPS, which will be launched shortly. JWST will then do the spectroscopic follow-up. We are also only a few years away from the launch of Euclid, and its quest to derive the geometry of the Universe. On the ground, ALMA is delivering exciting results and the E-ELT is expected to see first light in 2025, providing follow-up to the first two cycles of JWST observations. The second half of the decade will be further enriched by a suite of major new space missions: WFIRST will probe the expansion of the Universe in the near-infrared, followed by PLATO and ARIEL, detecting and characterizing exoplanets, and ATHENA, and LISA probing the high-energy Universe.

In this exciting context, this conference will have these goals:

  • Celebrating Hubble’s 30-year scientific legacy and showcasing its latest results across all branches of astronomy.
  • Challenging the community to think and present how to best utilize Hubble and Webb, together and in combination with other facilities in space or on the ground.
  • Looking further into the future, posing the scientific questions that will shape the field of astrophysics in the next decade.

The conference will last 3.5 days, from Monday morning (September 14th) to Thursday afternoon, included (September 17th). The scientific program will be a combination of invited talks (20 minutes) and selected talks (10 minutes). Selected talks have been identified from the abstracts that have already been submitted. If interested, you can still submit an abstract for a poster.

Important Dates:
August 14 Registration Deadline/deadline to make reservations at the Hotel Hasselbacken

Antonella Nota, Co-Chair (ESA/STScI)
Pierre Ferruit, Co-Chair (ESA)
Alessandra Aloisi (STScI)
Stephane Charlot (Institut d’ Astrophysique de Paris)
Daniela Calzetti (University of Massachusetts)
Roger Davies (University of Oxford)
Rene Doyon (University of Montreal)
Matthew Hayes (Stockholm University)
Marcia J. Rieke (Steward Observatory)
Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
Monica Tosi (INAF Bologna)
Jennifer J. Wiseman (NASA/GSFC)
Gillian Wright (UK Astronomy Technology Centre)