Motivation

This workshop is organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the "The Hubble/GTC Frontier Fields: a Spanish Excellence Network to study the most distant and faintest galaxies in the Universe" (Grant AYA2016-81879-REDT), PI Pablo Pérez González ( Universidad Complutense de Madrid ) in collaboration with James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) experts from ESA and NASA, and the Spanish JWST team at the Centro de Astrobiología.  The workshop will take place at the IAC headquarters in La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on March 12 and 13 2018 to provide hands-on experience with the various tools supporting preparation and submission of JWST General Observer proposals, in particular for the first JWST cycle, with deadline on April 6, 2018.

The first morning of the workshop will be dedicated to the general introduction of the mission and its status, science policies and JWST observing modes. After that, there will be hands-on sessions, by introducing the ETC, APT, and MPT tools and describing practical examples. The entire second day will be used to present specific program examples, giving details on the source selection, ETC usage and how to put together the program on APT.  These sessions will be quite interactive, with the presenter explaining/demonstrating it step by step and the users following up on their computers and asking questions. JWST experts in the room who are not presenting will provide support to the attendees, answering questions and helping if they get stuck or can’t follow some steps. There will be time to help observers who have already started their JWST proposals and are having specific issues putting their program together. The workshop will finish with two talks on JWST Early Release Science (ERS) programs.

Participation is open to anybody interested in JWST, especially those in the Spanish astronomical community who are preparing proposals for the first JWST cycle. The number of participants is limited to 70. There are no registration fees. Lunch will be provided by the IAC free of charge. A workshop dinner on March 12th will be organized (about 25 euros per person).
 
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