Registration Desk will open Thursday at 8 o'clock
PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is one of
the three medium class (M class) missions selected for definition
study in the framework of the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025
The main objectives of PLATO are the detection and
characterization of Earth Analogue systems; the search for
exoplanets around the brightest stars of solar type at all orbital
periods and with all physical sizes; the search for exoplanets
around nearby M-type dwarfs with all physical sizes and at all
orbital periods, including at orbital distances such that these
planets fall within the habitable zones of these very cool stars;
the search for and characterization of exoplanets over a wide
variety of sizes, masses, and orbits around bright stars; and a
full characterization of very bright stars of all masses and
ages using seismic analysis. PLATO will use three complementary
techniques: ultra-high precision photometric monitoring of very
large samples of bright stars, ground-based follow-up in radial
velocity, and seismic analysis of the host stars to obtain
accurate stellar parameters (mass, radius, age, ...).
This meeting aims to present to the general scientific
community the PLATO mission, its scientific program, and the PLATO
Mission Consortium, to provide a contact point to those interested
in getting involved in PLATO, and to collect the input from the
community for the PLATO definition phase.
- Registration is open. A registration fee of 150
Euro will be charged.
- Deadline for registration: January 25, 2011.
- The number of participants is limited to 150 people.
- For the members of the PLATO Mission working groups, there is the possibility for splinter sessions before the PLATO Science Conference.
This splinter meetings takes place on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at DLR, Berlin-Adlerhof.
Scientific Organizing Committee
- P. Bodin (CNES)
- C. Catala, co-chair (Observatoire de Paris)
- L. Gizon (MPS)
- M.-J. Goupil (Observatoire de Paris)
- G. Piotto (U. di Padova)
- D. Pollacco (Queens U.)
- H. Rauer, chair (TU-Berlin, DLR)
- S. Udry (Observatoire de Genève)
- W. Weiss (U. Wien)
- W. Zima (KU Leuven)
Local Organizing Committee
- R. Titz-Weider
- P. Eigmüller
- A. Erikson
- C. Dreyer
- Sz. Csizmadia
- J. Cabrera
- H. Rauer