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JWST Proposal Planning Workshop 2023
(In-person only)

Be ready for the Cycle 2 deadline!

Jan 5th - 6th

Hatfield, UK

Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

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The Workshop

The three STFC Webb fellows, with additional funding from STFC, are hosting a 2-day, free JWST proposal planning workshop.  The workshop will feature talks, hands-on sessions, experts in the room, as well as an un-conference session to ask the experts about any roadblocks/questions you have encountered with your own proposals.  We expect participants to attend both days, and coffees and lunches will be provided.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI



Day 1

---coffees, teas and pastries on arrival from 9am--

9:30 - Welcome

10:00 - Talk - Introduction to observatory and instrument modes - Henrik Melin

11:00 - Coffee

11:30 - ESA planning tools - Anthony Marston

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - (HO) NIRCam and MIRI imaging - Olivia Jones

14:30 - (HO) ETC imaging/spectroscopy - Olivia Jones/Emma Curtis-Lake

16:00 - coffee

16:30 - (HO) APT - Olivia Jones

Meal in the evening in Hatfield (timing TBC)

Day 2 

---coffees, teas and pastries on arrival from 9am--

9:30 - Talk - parallel modes - Anthony Marston

10:00 - (HO/Demo) NIRSpec/MIRI IFU - Henrik Melin

11:30 - coffee

12:00 - (HO) MOS/fixed slit spectroscopy - Emma Curtis-Lake

13:00 - lunch

14:00 - Talk - Grading/TAC procedure - Laura Watkins

15:00 - (HO) Slitless spectroscopy - Emma Curtis-Lake

16:00 - Unconference session with ESA support - Kirsten Larson, Peter Zeidler

Image by Daniel Abadia

Venue, travel and accommodation

The workshop will be conducted at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield AL10 9TP.

Reaching Hatfield

Hatfield is 20 miles (32 km) north of London beside the A1(M) motorway.


By Rail

Hatfield train station has direct trains to London King's Cross railway station, Finsbury Park, Moorgate, and Cambridge. You can find directions using TfL or Trainline.

** Attention - National Rail Strikes**
The days of this workshop fall on the days recently announced to be days with national rail strikes.
There have been services to and from Hatfield on previous strike days, they have just started later in the day and finished earlier.  We can therefore adjust the schedule to ensure hands-on sessions are within core hours that should be possible for those wishing to travel to the site each day.



             KingsCross (Fast)    KingsCross (all-stop)  Stevenage/Cambridge   Welwyn Gdn City
Jan 4             17:28                           17:02                              17:51                             18:46          
Jan 6             17:28                           16:02                              16:51                             17:46          

Please check the national rail website for regular updates.

By Bus

Regular bus services connect Hatfield to London and nearby towns.

For bus routes and time table see Uno, Arriva, and CentreBus.

Getting to the workshop venue

The conference venue is close to the A1(M).

The postcode for sat nav use is AL10 9TP. Free onsite parking is available at Fielder Centre.

From Hatfield train station, buses frequently run to the venue.

Taxi services are also available. Contact Hilltop Taxis: +44 (0)1707 266666

AAA Taxis: +44 (0)1707 888888 

Nearby Hotels


Registration has closed!

Registrations are now closed.  In the event of over-subscription, we will be contacting interested attendees in December to confirm that they still wish to attend.  If needed, we will prioritise places for early career researchers and maintain a waitlist. Please note that participation in this workshop is in-person only.

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