October 24-28, 2016

Group Photo


David Charbonneau Public lecture - Wednesday 8:00pm

Where : Leacock building, McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke Rue O, Montréal H3A 2T7

Non-discrimination & Anti-harassment Policy

We are committed to providing a conference experience where everyone is treated with respect, free from discrimination or harassment based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, ancestry, national or cultural origin, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, genetic information, veteran or military status, marital status, citizenship status or socio-economic status, or on any other legally prohibited basis.

Discrimination or harassment of conference participants will not be tolerated in any form. Conference participants violating this rule may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments, sexual images visible in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants. We value your attendance.

Participants are expected to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.


I offset!

Exploring the Universe with JWST-II is an « I offset! » meeting.
GHG emissions associated with commuting to this event are offset by purchasing Educational Carbon Credits of Bourse du carbone Scol'ERE Program.

More details can be found here.


Conference Venue

All information, including location and directions, can be found on the web site : http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/venue_en.php


The final and detailed version of program (including poster and talk abstracts and the poster popup session agenda) is now avaliable : http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/agenda_en.php

Registration Desk

The registration desk will open on Sunday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the conference.

Poster popups sessions

All participants bringing a poster are invited to give a short presentation of their poster during scheduled pop-up sessions. A popup presentation for a participant is limited to a single slide and 1 minute, no more! The LOC will help you be on time.

Five poster popups sessions are scheduled for a grand total of 47 posters. The detailed schedule ca be found in the program http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/agenda_en.php. Please check your poster number, and the date and time of your popup presentation. If you do not wish to participate in the pop-up session please inform the LOC.

All poster popup presenters must send a PDF file (one slide) of their presentation by email jwst2016 before Sunday, October 23, 8:00 pm Montréal time (EDT).

Each presentation file name must follow this format:


Ex: P2-8_Artigau.pdf

If the name of the file does not follow the prescribed format the file will be rejected and you won’t be able to present it!


  • Dimensions: Maximum width: 100cm (40”) (please do not exceed). Height 115cm (45’’) (an extra 10 cm in height will probably be okay)
  • The LOC will provide pins or Velcro to mount the posters on the panels.
  • The poster room will open at 7h30 (am) on Monday at which point posters can be installed at the convenience of the participant.


Each speaker must submit a PowerPoint, Keynote or PDF file of their presentation. Files need to be submitted before 11:00 pm the day before their scheduled presentation. Files can be uploaded with the following ftp server:

username : jwst_talk
password : B9nj9ur7!
Each presentation file name must follow the following format:

Firstname_LastName.pdf (or .ppt or .key)

Ex : Olivier_Hernandez.key

Special sessions during social activities

There will be breakout sessions. Please express your interest for the « demo » session by sending an email to the LOC to : jwst2016@astro.umontreal.ca

  • JWST Proposal Planning and Tools Session
    • Wednesday, October 26th – Main meeting room
      2:00 - Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science Program (Presenter: Janice Lee)
      2:25 - The JWST User Documentation (Presenter: Jennifer Lotz)
      2:40 -The JWST Exposure Time Calculator (Presenter: Timothy Pickering)
      3:20 - The JWST NIRSpec Micro-Shutter Arrays Planning Tool (Presenter: Diane Karakla)
      4:00 - JWST Data Analysis Tools (Presenter: Harry Ferguson)
      4:30 - End
  • Community extragalactic survey discussions
    • 1:00 to 2:00 Wednesday October 26 room B3245 by Steven Finkelstein

Twitter / Social Media

You are invited to tweet about the conference using #JWST2016 hashtag. You can also follow @iExoplanets for announcements and notices during the meeting.

Running sessions with the LOC!

Each morning at 7 am (starting on Tuesday), we will have a group of several runners ready to run with you for 5 km or 10 km at different paces! It is a healthy, free of charge activity and a nice way to visit Montréal in the morning! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

If you’re interested by this activity please contact me (olivier@astro.umontreal.ca) and fill this doodle to find the most suitable starting point for the running session: https://ommastro.doodle.com/poll/4uqvu2fr9gxtcvan

Cocktail Reception (cocktail is included in your registration fees!)

A welcoming cocktail reception will be held on MONDAY, the 24th at 6:30pm in the exhibition hall of the Planetarium de Montréal. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. During this cocktail, participants will have a free access to the 2 shows: We are Stars (http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/we-are-stars) and One day..on Mars (http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/one-day-mars) both on a new and spectacular 360° dome ! A must see !!!

Planetarium website: http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/planetarium.

You will be provided with a roundtrip subway ticket for travel to the Planétarium. A member of the LOC will help to guide participants to the subway station and to the Planetarium.


Unfortunately, due to poor ticket sales the LOC has cancelled the Banquet. A full reimbursement will be provided to participants who bought tickets.

Social activities and free afternoon on Wednesday, October 26th

The LOC is organizing social activities. Detailed information will be available at the beginning of the meeting. Potential activities for Wednesday include: Montréal’s Mont-Royal tour, MAC or a visit to the Biodôme visit. (Note: activities are extra, non-included in the conference registration fees).


Practical details:

  • Arrival from the airport:
  • Shuttle :
    • use the airport downtown shuttle or bus services (http://www.admtl.com/Passengers/AccessAndParking/STMBuses.aspx).
    • The easiest way to go downtown is to take the 747 Aéroport P.-E.-Trudeau / Centre-Ville shuttle (going to Berri-UQAM metro station). The 747 shuttle bus service is the most cost effective and efficient way to travel between the airport and the centre of Montréal and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you leave the customs hall, follow the signs for shuttle bus/navettes just outside the terminal.
    • Travel time may vary between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Wi-Fi service is available on most 747 buses.
    • The fare is $10 (CDN) for unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and metro networks during 24 consecutive hours.
    • The fare card can be purchased at the airport from the automated dispensers which accept cash, debit and credit cards. If paying on-board, only COINS ARE ACCEPTED – NO BANK BILLS.
  • By Taxi:
    • Taxi rates are fixed at C$40 to downtown, one-way, and there is always a minimum charge of C$17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are often, although not always, accepted; therefore it is strongly suggested to advise the taxi dispatcher of your desired method of payment.

Lunches at JWST:

  • Many restaurants near the Université de Montréal (UdeM) can be found on Côte-des-Neiges street and the cafeteria just in front of the conference room can be used at your convenience. Feel free also to ask a LOC member (identified by their special badges)!


  • Due to the very few number of participants to the banquet, the LOC has taken the decision to cancel it :-( Participants who have already paid will be fully reimbursed. LOC is working on a special activity to replace the banquet. Details to follow.

Welcoming Cocktail:

  • The welcoming cocktail will be held at Planetarium de Montréal (included in your fees) on Monday, October 24. You're expected at 18h15. Free round trip subways tickets will be available during registration.
  • All directions and details on the event will be provided in a document in the very next few days

Social actitvities

    • Be prepared to regsitred to the registration desk on Monday and Tuesday to our social activities: visit of Montréal and museuum.

Montréal fun facts: MontrealFunFacts.pdf


What Language is spoken in Montréal 
French is Québec's official language but English is widely spoken in Montréal. The city has more than 120 cultural groups and over 20% of the population speaks three languages.

Banks and Currency Exchange
Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. One and two dollar bills have been replaced by coins, sometimes referred to as "Loonies" (the bird on the $1 is a loon) and "Toonies" ($2).
There are numerous currency exchange offices for visitors to exchange money into Canadian currency. Most exchange offices are open during regular business hours (9am-6pm) and Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Credit cards are also widely accepted in restaurants, stores, taxis, etc.

The electric current is 110V and the plugs are the same as what is found in the US. If you come from a country that uses 220V electricity, you will need a converter for any appliances you bring that require power (computers, charges, etc.).
What is the rule for tipping in Montréal
Service is not included in restaurants, so it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes (if you're with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill). Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $1 per suitcase or per service rendered.

Time Zones
Montréal switches to Eastern Daylight Time (summer time zone) on the second Sunday of March and returns to Eastern Standard Time (winter time zone) on the first Sunday of November. The time difference between Montréal time and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is less than 5 hours in the winter.

Shopping in Montréal
Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are usually closed on legal holidays – and on January 2 in the majority of cases – but some establishments (supermarkets, SAQ outlets, etc.) may still be open.

Dining Out
Montréal has the highest concentration of eateries on the continent with 92 restaurants per square kilometer, in touristic neighbourhoods and representing various types of cuisine inspired by 120 countries and regions. There is something for every palate and budget.

Using your mobile phone 
There are many Wi-Fi connections available in the city. If you do not turn off your roaming or 3g connection charges to your mobile phone bill can climb high depending on whether or not you have a package that includes Canada.
You can also find out more information and Wi-Fi locations by clicking on the following link: http://www.ilesansfil.org/welcome/

Getting Around
…By Metro and bus

Montréal is a very walkable and safe city. However, if you require to travel further distances, the public transportation system is very fast and convenient. The Metro (underground subway) typically operates between 5:30am to 1:00am. The bus route is also very extensive and could also be an option.
…by taxi
Taxis are readily available outside hotels, but it is also to simply flag one down on the street.
…by bike
Montrealers are avid cyclists, and proud of it. The city has more than 350 kilometres of bike paths criss-crossing its territory, including natural parks and suburbs.

Use a Bixi bike to get around. This pubic bike sharing system can be a great way to get around the city. The cost of 24 hours is $7.00. Users must be careful not to use the bike for more than 30 minutes at a time to avoid being charged extra time. For more information visit their website at www.bixi.com


** Final program available - Registration deadline and late abstract submission (poster only): August 30th **

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. Its suite of four instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our Solar System to the most distant galaxies. With JWST’s launch date approaching rapidly and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, it is important to give the astronomical community opportunities to present, highlight and discuss scientific programs that will be made possible by JWST. In this context, we are organizing the scientific conference “Exploring the Universe with JWST - II”, which will take place during the week of the 24th to the 28th of October 2016 at the Université de Montréal (Canada). The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics organized around the main JWST science themes:
  • The end of the "dark ages": first light and reionisation.
  • The assembly of galaxies.
  • The formation and evolution of stars and planets.
  • Planetary systems and the origins of life (exoplanets)
  • Our Solar System.

This conference is in the same spirit as the one held in the Netherlands at ESTEC (ESA headquarters) in October 2015.

The final program can be found here.

Registration and payment are open:  http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/reg_procedure.php

Abstract submission is now closed for talks but remains open for posters.

Invited Speakers

  • Marusa Bradac (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Alyson Brooks (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA)
  • David Charbonneau (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
  • Julianne Dalcanton (University of Washington, USA)
  • Jonathan Gardner (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
  • Dave Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Nikole Lewis (STScI, USA)
  • Ralph Pudritz (McMaster University / Origins Institute, Canada)
  • Sherry Suyu (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany)

Important dates & deadlines

  • 15 March: 1st announcement out (pre-registration open);
  • 15 May: 2nd announcement (invited speakers chosen, program sessions identified, abstract submission form open, payment form);
  • 15 July: abstract submission deadline;
  • 18 August: release of the program;
  • 30 August: registration and payment dealine.


  • Student: $275 CAN ($239 CA + Tax) / ~$210 US (Tax included)  / ~€187 (Tax included)
  • General: $476 CAN ($414 CAN + Tax) /  ~$370 US (Tax included) / ~€324 (Tax included)
  • Banquet: $90 CAN ($78,50 CAN + Tax) / ~$70 US (Tax included) / ~€61(Tax included)

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • René Doyon (U. de Montréal/iREx; co-chair)
  • Chris Willott (NRC-Herzberg ; co-chair)
  • Michael Balogh (U. of Waterloo)
  • Beth Biller (U. of Edinburgh/ROE)
  • Peter Behroozi (UC Berkeley)
  • Isobel Hook (U. of Lancaster)
  • JJ Kavelaars (NRC-Herzberg)
  • Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge, IoA)
  • Charles Lada (CfA)
  • Laura Pentericci (INAF)
  • Marshall Perrin (STScI)
  • Allison Sills (McMaster)
  • Tommaso Treu (UCLA)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Loïc Albert (UdeM/iREx)
  • Étienne Artigau (UdeM/iREx)
  • Frédérique Baron (UdeM/iREx)
  • Anne Boucher (UdeM/iREx)
  • Nick Cowan (McGill/iREx)
  • Olivier Hernandez (UdeM/iREx)
  • François-René Lachapelle (UdeM/iREx)
  • David Lafrenière (UdeM/iREx)
  • Marie-Eve Naud (UdeM/iREx)
  • Jason Rowe (UdeM/iREx)

JWST is a joint mission between NASA, ESA and CSA.

More information on the JWST mission can be found her :

NASA JWST web site: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/
ESA JWST SciTech web site: http://sci.esa.int/jwst/
CSA JWST web site:: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/jwst/
STScI JWST web site:  http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/