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2014 Calibration Workshop

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The 2014 STScI Calibration Workshop
August 11-13, 2014
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

On-line registration opens: March 3, 2014
On-line registration closed: July 7, 2014

Tapas Feast reservation & payment due ($52.00): July 7, 2014
Poster abstract submission deadline: July 7, 2014

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been operating with its final complement of instruments since 2009. In order to maintain the optimal performance of the observatory, and to develop procedures that maximize the quality and breadth of Hubble's scientific return, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) monitors the performance of these instruments, maintains up-to-date calibrations, develops state-of-the-art tools for processing and analyzing science products, and maintains the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).

A critical responsibility of STScI is to hold regular Calibration Workshops to convey these efforts, and to interact directly with the science community. The two-way exchange has proven to be highly synergistic, and has contributed enormously to the success of the HST mission. In response to this need and contractual mandate from NASA, STScI plans to host the 2014 STScI Calibration Workshop at the Institute in the summer of 2014.

A subset of the workshop will necessarily be focused on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), with lessons learned from HST being, in many cases, directly applicable to problems encountered by JWST. Conversely, developments and improvements in calibrations driven by the demands of JWST will have a benefit for HST. Furthermore, HST is routinely providing important supporting observations needed to calibrate the instruments aboard JWST successfully. The calibration of astronomical instruments and observatories is developing quickly, not just with respect to HST and JWST. Therefore the workshop will also address topics that apply broadly to astronomical calibration in general, with particular emphasis on how they can and will be applied to HST and JWST.

The content of the workshop will consist of invited talks, contributed talks, poster sessions, and ample time for discussions. This proven format provides opportunities to stimulate new ideas, apply a “hands-on” approach to technical issues that require detailed interactive communication, and enhances the two-way exchange of information between STScI and its user community.

Contributed Posters:

We invite contributed posters for the workshop. You may submit an abstract at the time of registration, or later at your convenience. If you wish to present a poster, you must register first. The deadline for abstract submission is July 7, 2014.


There will be no registration fee this year, but registration will be limited to the 150 participants, so register early.

Refreshments, Lunches & Tapas Feast:

Light refreshments during breaks, and a variety of sack lunches, will be available for purchase. Additional items can be purchased in Café Azafran at the Institute.

We plan to have a Tapas Feast with cash bar on Monday night (August 11), featuring an array of delicious tapas specially prepared by our chef at Café Azafran! If you plan to join us, please make your reservation and make payment of $52.00 per person by July 7, 2014.

In order to purchase your reservation for the Tapas Feast, credit card payment must be made at the time of registration.

Please feel free to contact us with an email message to

Dean C. Hines, Chair
On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organizing Committees
2014 STScI Calibration Workshop
Space Telescope Science Institute
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218