IR2022 Conference, 14-18th, Feb 2022

Ground-based infrared observations allow us to probe the embedded Universe, from discs surrounding forming stars and to the structures surrounding galactic centres. While the best sensitivity is found in space, observing from the ground is crucial to obtaining the spatial and spectral resolution required to investigate important science questions, such as the contents of exoplanetary atmospheres and the dusty shells of dying distant stars. Throughout this decade, ground based thermal-infrared (3-30 microns) observing will reach new heights, with new instrumentation at existing facilities (e.g. VLTI, LBTI) and the next generation of telescopes coming on-line such as the 6.5-m University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory and the highly anticipated 30-m class telescopes. The timing for these advances in ground-based observations could not be better scheduled, with the JWST Cycle 1 science programs selected and its launch on the horizon. At IR 2022, we look to this infrared-bright future and focus on how synergy between current and incoming ground-based instrumentation and the JWST can best maximise our understanding of the Universe in the infrared.

Key science cases that highlight the role of ground-based IR observatories in the era of JWST can be arranged in the following “High Five” categories:

  • High spatial resolution, high spectral resolution, high contrast imaging:
    • Star/planet formation, Exoplanets, Protoplanetary disks (PPD), Active galactic nuclei (AGN), young stellar objects (YSOs), Planetary nebulae, HII regions and PDRs
  • High cadence/time resolution:
    • Obscured supernovae (SNe) and novae, IR-luminous transients (ILRT/LBV, LRN, SPRITE), massive/evolved stars and dusty variables (AGB, WC, RSG, RCB), Near Earth Objects and distant asteroids
  • High background regions and bright IR-bright sources:
    • Galactic center, Eta carina, Orion, Solar system planets

IR2022 is hosted by the JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and will be held online over 5 half-day sessions between Monday February 14 and Friday February 18. The updated version of our conference agenda can be found at the following link:

Date 14~18th, February 2022
Venue -Online
Zoom, Slack and
*more details on the conference platforms will be provided at a later date.
Registration Please register using the following link: (registration for IR2022 is free)
Contact Information Ryan Lau: ryan.lau[AT]
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