NAU JWST Proposal Planning Workshop


Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ, will be hosting a proposal planning workshop for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on February 18 & 19, 2020, to prepare for the Cycle 1 General Observer (GO) deadline on May 1, 2020.

The two-day workshop will provide an overview of the instruments and capabilities of JWST, as well as the proposal planning tools. Attendees will be lead through several case studies which focus on the various strategies necessary to planning successful Solar System target observations from start to finish. However, those with other science targets of interest should also find this workshop helpful.

Registration is now closed.

For more information, email

Arizona JWST Workshop Series

The NAU workshop is being organized in parallel with two other universities in Arizona. Arizona State University in Tempe will have a workshop on March 12 & 13, 2020, and the University of Arizona in Tucson will have a workshop on March 16, 2020. All three universities will have follow-up half-day work sessions on April 6, 2020. The three workshops are coordinated to cover complementary material, with ASU focusing on galactic targets and UA focusing on extragalactic and exoplanet targets. Please refer to the corresponding websites for the program details.

Workshop Background

This workshop is part of the JWST Proposal Tools Master Class, a "train the trainers" program. Workshop leads attended a 4.5 day training at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in November 2019 in preparation to support their local astronomy communities in submitting JWST GO proposals in Cycle 1.

Note from STScI: JWST Master class graduates offer a valuable service to their local communities by organizing JWST proposal planning workshops. They help potential proposers find the basic information they need to prepare for JWST, and they facilitate the initial learning process. Graduates are not representatives of STScI, and there is no expectation that they will be able to respond to all inquiries and questions. The final authority for all information about JWST science and the proposal process resides with the JWST Documentation System (JDox), the STScI Help Desk at, and the JWST science website at

Workshop Code of Conduct

For this workshop, we are adopting the policy of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. In pursuit of that ideal, we and the AAS are dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of this workshop. For more information on the AAS Code of Ethics refer to

Workshop Chairs: Lauren McGraw & Audrey Martin

Workshop Sponsors: STScI, NAU