IAU Focus Meeting FM11: JWST: Launch,
Commissioning, and Cycle 1 Science

August 20 – 22, 2018

Scientific Rationale:

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is expected to revolutionize our understanding of the near- to mid-infrared sky by enabling observations with an unprecedented combination of superb angular resolution and sensitivity. Since JWST is a general-purpose observatory, its scientific success is dependent on the broader scientific community to make new discoveries. The 2018 IAU General Assembly is uniquely timed in the life cycle of JWST. Commissioning and Cycle 1 science plans will have been finalized by August 2018, thus the 2018 IAU GA will provide an important international platform to inform the broader community of what to expect in the coming months for JWST. This focus meeting will highlight the science that will be enabled by JWST early in its life cycle and touch on commissioning, Early Release Science (ERS), Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO), and General Observer (GO) programs slated for cycle 1. Members of the design team for the four JWST science instruments (MIRI, NIRCam, NIRSpec, and NIRISS) will discuss the science potential of their instruments. Talks and discussion sessions aimed at the broad science topics enabled by JWST, from our solar system to the edge of the universe, will be drawn from contributions from the entire astronomical community. Given the cross-disciplinary and international nature of JWST¹s mission, this focus meeting will be the ideal opportunity to discuss the science that will be enabled with JWST in the near-term.


  • The scientific prospects of JWST from within our solar system to the edge of the universe.
  • Solar system science with JWST: From the surfaces of asteroids to the atmospheres of giant planets.
  • Exoplanet science with JWST: From the birth of planets to the search for life.
  • Galactic science with JWST: From the birth and evolution of stars and everything in between.
  • Extragalactic science with JWST: From galaxies near to far and first light.
  • JWST for all astronomers: Cycle 1 science and future opportunities.
  • JWST's four remarkable instruments and their unique science capabilities.
  • Ensuring the science yield of JWST through ground-testing, commissioning, and calibration activities



Abstract list for FM11
Poster list for FM11

Monday, 20. Aug.

Session 1
10:30 - van Dishoeck, Ewine (JWST science prospects: a pre-launch taste)
11:00 - Wright, Gillian (The JWST Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI) and the science it enables)
11:15 - Rieke, Marcia (NIRCam for JWST: New Science Near and Far)
11:30 - Alves de Oliveira, Catarina (The JWST near-infrared spectrograph NIRSpec)
11:45 - Willott, Chris (Science with NIRISS: The Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph)

Session 2
13:30 - Smith, Eric (Technologies Developed and Challenges Overcome Along the Journey to the James Webb Space Telescope)
14:00 - Kemper, Ciska (Studying the evolving interstellar medium of galaxies with JWST)
14:20 - Luetzgendorf, Nora (Galactic Nuclei Studies with JWST)
14:35 - Hodapp, Klaus (Ice Feature Spectroscopy in Nearby Molecular Cores with JWST NIRCAM)
14:50 - Poster Presenters


Tuesday, 21. Aug.

Session 3
10:30 - Pérez-González, Pablo (The Star Formation History and assembly of galaxies at z=4-7 probed by CEERS and the GTO MIRI Deep Survey (MDS) and parallels)
10:45 - Muñoz Arancibia, Alejandra (Lensing-corrected 1.1mm number counts in the ALMA Frontier Fields Survey: A science case for JWST)
11:00 - Rigby, Jane (Star forming galaxies as revealed by gravitational lensing and JWST)
11:15 - Kobayashi, Chiaki (Elemental Abundances at Cosmic Time)
11:30 - Messias, Hugo (AGN demography with JWST - broad-band imaging to the rescue)
11:45 - Rieke, George (Finding Embedded AGN with MIRI)

Session 4
13:30 - Marigo, Paola (AGB stellar populations in resolved galaxies with JWST)
13:45 - Cami, Jan (Radiative Feedback from Massive Stars as Traced by Multiband Imaging and Spectroscopic Mosaics)
14:00 - De Marchi, Guido (Star formation in the Local Group with NIRSpec and NIRCam)
14:15 - Madura, Tom (TBA)
14:30 - Kalirai, Jason (Towards a Sub-Gyr Age of the Ancient Globular Cluster M92 with JWST)
14:45 - Jayawardhana, Ray (Probing the Lowest-Mass Free-Floating Objects with JWST: GTO Program and Beyond)


Wednesday, 22. Aug.

Session 5
10:30 - Doyon, Rene (Atmospheric Characterization of Exoplanets with JWST)
11:00 - Hinkley, Sasha (A JWST Early Release Science Program to Directly Image Extrasolar Planetary Systems)
11:15 - Stevenson, Kevin (The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST)
11:30 - Lagage, Pierre-Olivier (Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the framework of the MIRI European Consortium Guaranteed time observations)
11:45 - Hammel, Heidi (Exploring the Solar System with JWST)

Session 6
13:30 - Gardner, Jonathan (The Status and Expected Performance of the James Webb Space Telescope)
13:50 - McElwain, Michael (JWST Commissioning from Launch to Science Observations)
14:10 - Reid, Neill (Overview of Cycle 1 Science)
14:30 - Guenther Hasinger (Keynote)


  • Bonnie Meinke (co-chair)
  • Stefanie Milam (co-chair), GSFC (USA)
  • Pierre Ferruit, ESA (Netherlands)
  • Masami Ouchi, University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Monica Rubio, Universidad de Chile (Chile)
  • Stan Metchev, Western University (Canada)
  • Monica Tosi, INAF - Bologna Observatory (Italy)
  • Marijn Franx, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
  • Shude Mao, Tsinghua University (China)



Bonnie Meinke

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