Keck Science Meeting 2016

Keck/JWST Workshop

About the JWST Workshop

Progress on James Webb Space Telescope is impressive as the observatory is readied for launch in October 2018. As can be seen on the Goddard webcam, the four instruments have been fully integrated into the instrument assembly (ISIM) and mated to the telescope in preparation for end-to-end thermal vacuum tests at Johnson Space Center later this year. The JWST proposal deadlines are fast approaching, with the newly revised Call for Proposals for Early Release Science (ERS) proposals in May 2017, and proposal submission in August 2017. Following the ERS, the Cycle 1 Call for Proposals will be in November 2017.

The goal of this workshop is to increase understanding of the science uniquely enabled by the combination between Keck and JWST in many areas of solar system, exoplanet, galactic and extragalactic science. This knowledge will help Keck scientists to write winning JWST proposals by underpinning their programs with cutting edge, ground-based observations from Keck. A second goal is to improve the understanding among the NASA and JWST user community as to how Keck can be a resource for the entire community for precursor, contemporaneous, and follow-up observations in the JWST era.

JWST experts will join with our Keck user community at the Keck/JWST Workshop in what we hope will be a very productive discussion so that our community will be well prepared for producing winning proposals upon the launch of JWST. Please join us at the Keck Center on Monday, September 12, and in breakout rooms (location TBD) on Tuesday, September 13, for these important discussions. We warmly welcome participation by postdocs and graduate students.

Meeting information

Caltech is located in Pasadena, California. There are numerous lodging options, from budget to upscale.

Caltech's home page maintains a useful set of directions and maps for reaching campus by car or public transit.

Parking is available in the garage behind the Cahill Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics. The address of the garage is 1248 California Ave., Pasadena, CA 91125. A daily parking permit costs $6 and is available at kiosks in the garage. The Caltech parking website has more information.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days of the meeting. For dinners, Pasadena has a lively restaurant scene. Lake Ave. is walking distance from campus and features many nice restaurants. Old Town Pasadena is 2 miles from the Cahill building and has world-class eateries. See Yelp for recommendations.