sci19001 — Announcement

Announcement of the JWST Masterclass

15 May 2019

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has announced a Call for Applications to attend the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Master Class. The class will provide dedicated JWST proposal training to selected researchers who are willing to share their knowledge with scientists at their local/regional institutions. The original announcement from STScI can be found here.

The European Space Agency (ESA) will provide a similar opportunity to European astronomers. A similar JWST Master Class will be organised at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in the first week of February 2020. The workshop will last approximately 2–3 days and will include topics related to JWST proposal planning, user tools, instrument modes, science cases, documentation, resources, and guidance regarding the education and dissemination of these topics to others.

Approximately 10 astronomers will be selected to participate in the European JWST Master Class. The Master Class graduates will each host a proposal-preparation training activity/mini-workshop at their home institution in the course of February–May 2020.

ESA will offer to the selected participants:

  • Full travel support to ESAC for the Master Class training (in the first week of February 2020).
  • Comprehensive presentation materials, supplies, and support needed for hosting local training activities.
  • Presence of an ESA/JWST expert at local event(s).

Applications are due by 17:00 CEST on 3 June 2019.

Interested astronomers should submit an application to and describe their plans for the organisation of the mini-workshop that they propose to host at their institution. The application document can be found here.


Antonella Nota
ESA HST Project Scientist, ESA JWST Project Scientist for Guest Observers

Pierre Ferruit
ESA JWST Project Scientist

Marco Siranni
ESA JWST Science Operations Development Manager

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