We are happy to invite you to our proposal workshop for the James Webb Space Telescope at the University of Michigan. The workshop will run from midday on Monday, March 2, through midday on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Our focus is to help the Great Lakes astronomical community most effectively translate their science goals into a competitive proposal for Cycle 1 of observations with the James Webb Space Telescope. The capabilities of JWST extend across 4 instruments along with several distinct observing modes to cover a wide range of astrophysical phenomena. A variety of software tools and packages have been developed to help optimize your observing strategy; we will devote a significant fraction of the workshop to understanding and using these tools.

The program of this workshop will be divided into plenary sessions, led by instrument and technical experts, and smaller break-out sessions where participants can develop their skills in the proposal tools according to their science needs.

Supporting JWST Instrument Scientists

Local Organizing Committee

Our workshop is supported by the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems Research Group at the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan and the Department of Astronomy both value diversity, equity, and inclusion as necessary components of achieving scientific excellence. We ask all workshop participants, including the organizers, to make sure we are inclusive in our general practices and able to provide reasonable accommodations that facilitate full engagement from all participants.

Harassment, bullying, and intimidation of any sort will not be tolerated. This includes the use of any offensive language or imagery in any meeting venue. If a complaint is received, or the organizers notice inappropriate conduct, we will take these matters seriously and respond as rapidly as possible. Remember that the intent of actions is not as important as the impact of those actions on others. Consequences can range from a simple warning to immediate ejection from the meeting, depending on the offense. While we are not a AAS conference and not participating in their formal reporting process, our code of conduct adheres to the definitions of harassment and discrimination listed here: https://aas.org/policies/anti-harassment-policy-aas-division-meetings-activities.

We hope to see you in March!

The above statement is derived from the inclusivity statement developed by Prof. Emily Rauscher for a previous workshop through the Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA). The original complete version may be found here.

Image from STScI. Further images and information can be found at https://webbtelescope.org.