The James Webb Australian Data Centre is a formed to support the Australian community to leverage the best science from the limited JWST life time.


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The first chapters of our cosmic history with JWST
IAU General Assembly Symposium
6-9th August 2024 Cape Town, South Africa


To foster a dynamic exchange of innovative scientific ideas of the early cosmos through the lens of JWST and ignite a passion for space among the Africa's next generation of scientists.

Key Scientific Themes

  • Uncovering the physical and chemical properties of first galaxies in the Universe with JWST.
  • Determining the role of first stars, galaxies, AGN, and quasars in reshaping the first billion years of the Universe.
  • Revealing the rapid mass and dust build up pathways of the first massive galaxies in the early Universe with JWST.
  • The abundance and quenching mechanisms of the first massive quiescent galaxies in the Universe.
  • The large scale structures of the early Universe uncovered by JWST.
  • Simulating the first chapters of our cosmic history with new observational constraints from JWST.
  • JWST observatory updates: what have we learnt about the facility in the first 2 years.
  • Utilizing JWST effectively with strengths of Hubble and other ground based facilities.
  • Addressing critical science that has not been covered with JWST by Cycle 3.

Join Us

Click here for Abstract and Grant Submissions. Deadline for Abstracts, Travel grant requests, and Early registration is the 1st of March 2024.


Left to Right Top- Themiya Nanayakkara, Michael Maseda, Irene Shivaei Centre- Kathryn Grasha, Valentino Gonzalez, Taysun Kimm Bottom- Denis Burgarella, Laurence Tresse, Hanae Inami.

The Team

Meet the team behind the JADC.
JADC is co-led by Laureate Fellow Karl Glazebrook and Future Fellow Ivo Labbé.
Colin Jacobs is the lead data scientist at the JADC and is in change of developing tools for data driven exploration with JWST data.
Themiya Nanayakkara is the lead astronomer at the JADC and is in charge of providing user support to the Australian community to leverage the best use of JWST.


Past events

JWST MasterClass 2022: Cycle 2

We are planning a second JWST Master Class in Melbourne (Swinburne University Hawthorn Campus) between Nov 30th to Dec 2nd 2022 to assist the Australian community in familiarizing themselves with the proposal process and technical capabilities of JWST. Proposals for JWST are quite complex as they need to incorporate a complete observing program specification in the Astronomers Proposal Tool (i.e. what are traditionally known as ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Phase 2’ are combined for JWST). Additionally many Australian astronomers have obtained Cycle 1 or public data and are working on data reduction. We plan to run hands on training on JWST data and tools.

This event is being financially sponsored by the Australian Space Agency, for which we extremely grateful. Therefore, we will have some travel funding available for attendees. Registrations are now closed but if you would like to attend or have any questions please contact us on jadc@swin.edu.au

Agenda for the Master Class

Unlocking the Universe’s Secrets with JWST: 19th of August 18:30 at Swinburne University
Successfully launched on 25 December 2021, NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has taken its first images and will be released to the public 12 July. Join Professor Karl Glazebrook, Dr Themiya Nanayakkara and Dr Colin Jacobs, as they discuss these images and the potential secrets of the universe they reveal. Dr Nicha Leethochawalit from University of Melbourne will share her work on redshifted galaxies. No registration required. Details of event can be found here.

JWST Cycle 1 MasterClass 2020
In the anticipation of the JWST Cycle 1 call for proposals in early 2020, We are organising a workshop aimed at researchers based in Australia/New Zealand to familiarise with JWST observing modes and proposal planning tools. The workshop will be held in Melbourne at Swinburne University from 26 to 28th February 2020 and will be delivered by Australian researchers trained at NASA/ESA Master Classes. More information about the workshop and the registration details can be found here.


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