We are delighted to announce that the conference “The scientific landscape for Extremely Large Telescopes in light of JWST. Part I. Americas”, will take place on December 11-15 2023, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles CA. A description of the scope and rationale for the conference can be found below. Please save the dates. More details will be circulated soon. Registration will open August 10, 2023.
Title of the conference: “The scientific landscape for Extremely Large Telescopes in light of JWST. Part I. Americas”
Date: December 11-15, 2023
Place: University of California Los Angeles
Rationale / motivation: The Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will be the premier ground-based optical-infrared facilities from the 2030s onward. These telescopes will provide diffraction-limited spatial resolution, unrivaled from the ground or space, as well as sensitivity commensurate with their large apertures. The experience of Hubble and Spitzer coupled with ground based 8-10m telescopes demonstrate the power of combining these observatories to carry out unprecedented, complementary, and even unexpected science. In just over one year JWST has enabled breakthroughs in virtually all areas of astrophysics, by virtue of its wavelength coverage, sensitivity, and angular resolution. The upcoming Extremely Large Telescopes will be the ideal complement and successors to JWST. The goal of this series of conferences is to review and highlight recent JWST discoveries and study their implications for the science and science operations of ELTs and planning of their instrumentation and user services. The conferences will cover all areas of astronomy and are open to observers, instrument builders, and theorists. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel time and carbon footprint, the series of conferences will consist of three coordinated events. The first one will be held in Los Angeles. The second and third ones will be held in Europe and Asia.
Main topics: fundamental physics and cosmology, high redshift galaxies, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium, supermassive black holes, the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, stars, time domain, exoplanets, solar system, instrumentation.
SOC members: Brendan Bowler, Martha Boyer, Jenny Greene, Narae Hwang, Susan Kassin, Raffaella Margutti, Karen Meech, Stanimir Metchev, Eric Peng (co-chair), Daniel Stark, Masaomi Tanaka, Tommaso Treu (co-chair), Katherine Whitaker
LOC members: Tommaso Treu (UCLA, chair), Eric Peng (NOIRLab), Laura Quattropani (UCLA), Sofia Rojas (UCLA), André-Nicolas Chené (NOIRLab)
Invited speakers: to be announced soon
Important dates such as registration deadline, abstract deadline, etc.
Registration Open: August 10
Abstract submission deadline: October 1
Late registration opens: October 2
Talk selection announced: October 10
Late registration closes: November 30