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JWST Master Class: a local workshop in ROMANIA

Between 17 and 18 February 2020, within the Institute of Space Sciences (ISS) of Măgurele, the workshop “JWST Master Class – the local version, for Romania” was held. The purpose of the whole event was to familiarize the scientific community with the James Web Space Telescope (JWST), as well as training the interested persons, both theoretically and practically, in the process of applying for observation time.

Because drafting proposals for observation time has a high degree of complexity, involving different software packages (general and dedicated), the workshop focused on presenting these tools, as well as the JWST instruments and observations modes.

The event was organized by Laurențiu Caramete, Bogdan Dumitru and Răzvan Balașov from the ISS and guests from European Space Agency (ESA): Marco Sirianni – Scientific Operations Development Manager ESA JWST, Tim Rawle – NIRSpec Instrument & Calibration Expert JWST, Sandor Kruk – Expert Galactic Training and Evolution ESA, who actively supported the whole event.

The first day included a series of presentations on the current state of the JWST mission, instruments, observation modes and tools. The activity related to the second day was structured on concrete examples of the use of software tools.

The feedback for this event was extremely positive, both from the participants and from the ESA guests.


Photo gallery:

Group photo, JWST Master Class: a local workshop in Romania (Photo: O. Bănaru)





Marco Sirianni (Photo: L. Caramete)      Tim Rawle (Photo: L. Caramete)     Sandor Kruk (Photo: L. Caramete)




Bogdan Dumitru (Photo: L. Caramete)                      Răzvan Balașov (Photo: L. Caramete)














                               Hands on from JWST Master Class: a local workshop in Romania





JWST Master Class: a local workshop in ROMANIA

Workshop organisers:

Laurentiu Caramete, Bogdan Dumitru and Razvan Balasov from Institute of Space Science (ISS)

Marco Sirianni and Tim Rawle from European Space Agency (ESA)

Date: Feb 17-18, 2020

Location: Institute of Space Science, Măgurele


The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and also the proposal submission process (Cycle1 GO – General Observation) will start soon. In preparation for this event, ISS in collaboration with ESA is organizing a workshop in Romania to train the scientific community. This training helps building the necessary skills to use the proposal tools (APT and ETC, which are relatively complex) and to stimulate proposal ideas.

During this local workshop the participants will be familiarized with the JWST mission status and the scientific instruments (NIRCam, NIRSpec, NIRISS, and MIRI). Furthermore, the available proposal tools and observing scientific modes will be presented and discussed.

The participation is based of registration (Registration Form – Click here). There is no registration fee for this workshop. The entire workshop will be held in English. Please use the form below and provide some information on your interests and science questions. Deadline for Registration is Jan 28th, 2020.


If the registration deadline has been exceeded, you can register by email bogdan[dot]dumitru[at]spacescience[dot]ro.

Seminar about “Euclid and the Dark Universe”

Prof. Dr. Yannick Mellier. Foto credit: IAP

Guest: Prof. Dr. Yannick Mellier, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, Sorbonne Universite, Paris and CEA/IRFU/DAp Saclay, France

When: April 16th, 2018, 11h00

Where: Institute of Space Science – ISS (Auditorium)


The ESA Euclid space mission aims to understand why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating and pin down the source responsible for the acceleration. It will uncover the very nature of dark energy and gravitation by measuring with exquisite accuracy the expansion rate of the Universe and the growth rate of structure formation in the Universe. To achieve its objectives Euclid will observe the distribution of dark matter in the Universe by measuring shapes of weakly distorted distant galaxies lensed by foreground cosmic structures with the VIS imaging instrument. In parallel, Euclid will analyse the clustering of galaxies and the distribution of clusters of galaxies by using spectroscopy and measuring redshifts of galaxies with the NISP photometer and spectrometer instrument. The Euclid mission will observe one third of the sky (15,000 deg2) to collect data on several billion galaxies spread over the last ten billion years. In parallel to the space mission, the Euclid survey also comprises photometric and spectroscopic observations that will be used jointly with the Euclid satellite data to get photometric redshifts of all lensed galaxies. Altogether the Euclid data set will be an exceptional gold mine for cosmology and fundamental physics but also for all fields in astrophysics. In this presentation will describe the scientific objectives of the mission, the organisation of one of the hugest and most complex space consortium as well as the technology necessary to build the experience. Finally, I will present the most recent forecasts and constraints on dark energy, gravity and dark matter as well as the expectation for the physics of inflation or neutrinos, and all other domains of astronomy.

Contact person: Dr. Lucia A. Popa (ISS) <lpopa[at]spacescience[dot]ro>