A team formed by members from the Florida Space Institute, the Planetary Group at the University of Central Florida, Arecibo Observatory, and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, was selected to attend the JWST Master Class Workshop, hosted by STScI. The purpose of the Master Class Workshop was for the team to learn the fundamentals in JWST proposal planning and to be a local resource for the scientific community.

We attended the Master Class this past November and it is now our turn to train other researchers interested in using JWST. Our goal is to host a useful and practical workshop in time for the Cycle 1 General Observer call for proposal, which will open on January 23, 2020.

Please visit the following link for information on the 2-day workshops we are planning: https://sites.google.com/view/jwst-proposal-workshop-ucf  

The workshop will be available at:

  • The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico on February 20-21, 2020
  • Florida Space Institute in Orlando, FL on February 27-28, 2020

Both workshops can be attended either in-person or online, but attendees must register at the above link. Registration will be open until February 17th, however, we encourage you to register before January 10th, so that we can effectively plan for your attendance.

One of the goals of the Master Class is to disseminate information that we learned in order to create a network of researchers who can effectively  propose for observing time to JWST. We learned the necessary tools to apply for observing time, for example: the Astronomer Proposal Tool, the Exposure Time Calculator, and the Visibility Tools. Additionally, we learned about the tools to find the information needed for proposal preparation. We hope to convey this useful information to our local scientific communities.  

Please feel free to distribute this information to interested parties so that we can maximize the number of attendees.

Estela Fernández-Valenzuela

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Florida Space Institute (UCF)

(+1) 407-823-6394

12354 Research Parkway

Partnership I building, Suite 211

Orlando, FL 32826 (USA)