Supporting Science Operations
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
- The proposal selection process
- Observing overheads
- Parallel observations
- GO funding level
The letters, and a few related presentations, are available at the bottom of this page.