Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VI
Entering a Golden Age for UV – Optical – IR Space Astronomy
Hotel Hasselbacken Stockholm, Sweden
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. In April 2020, we celebrated 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 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 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.
If you need to cancel your reservations at the Hotel Hasselbacken, please do so through their website. You will need your reservation number from the original confirmation email to complete the cancellation.
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)
Angela Adamo, Co-Chair (Stockholm University)
Göran Östlin, Co-Chair (Stockholm University)
Anna Björk (Stockholm University)
Arjan Bik (Stockholm University)
Lorenza Della Bruna (Stockholm University)
Elena Puga (ESA)
Axel Runnholm (Stockholm University)
Alexandra Le Reste (Stockholm University)
Marco Sirianni (ESA)
Mattia Sirressi (Stockholm University)
Paule Sonnentrucker (ESA/STScI)
The Hotel Hasselbacken is a historical landmark in the city of Stockholm. The first records of its restaurant (Dunderhyttan) go back to the mid-1700s. Back then, it was an establishment with five tables and some twenty chairs. In 1816, a half-timbered building was built in the finest Gustavian style, which over the years became known as “Gubbhyllan” (literally Old Man’s shelf). Its glory days began when the well-known confectioner Jacob Wilhelm Davidson opened the doors of “Restaurant Hasselbacken”. The year 1853 was the start of a golden era for the restaurant, thanks to good food, Swedish punch songs and singing.
On August 16, 1872, a Bellman statue was erected in the garden and can still be seen today. Alfred Nyström was the name of the sculptor and August Strindberg was his model. That same year, a ferocious fire, lasting eight days, burned the entire building to the ground. Just two years later, a new building rose from the ashes and quickly became the preferred choice of venue for locals of all classes — nobility as well as ordinary people.
In 1923, Hasselbacken burned down again (for the seventh time) and a new building was completed in 1925. Today this building contains a restaurant, conference and banquet hall. From 1947 to 1969, a restaurant academy was run at Hasselbacken. and over the years, Hasselbacken began to lose its former glory. In 1984, extensive restoration and renovation began. On the back of the restaurant, a new hotel building was built and in 1992 Scandic Hasselbacken opened a hotel, conference and restaurant on site. On February 7th the ownership of Hasselbacken’s operations on Djurgården in Stockholm was passed from Scandic Hotels to Pop House Sweden. Pop House Sweden was founded in 2014 and consists of ABBA The Museum, Pop House Hotel and Cirkus. On February 7th the ownership of Hasselbacken’s operations on Djurgården in Stockholm was passed from Scandic Hotels to Pop House Sweden. Pop House Sweden was founded in 2014 and consists of ABBA The Museum, Pop House Hotel and Cirkus.
Hotel Hasselbacken is conveniently located and easily reachable from the Stockholm train station and the international airport Arlanda.