PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop

29 – 31 July 2013

ESTEC – Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Purpose and Goals

PLATO 2.0 is an ESA M3 candidate mission and has been designed and optimized from the outset specifically to detect habitable zone rocky sized planets around bright solar type stars. Not only are these host stars suitable for planetary confirmation and follow-up studies, but they are ideal for asteroseismology studies whose impact has been proven from the CoRoT and Kepler missions. Thus PLATO 2.0 will produce catalogues of accurate parameters of terrestrial planets and planetary systems. It will be the first large-scale survey determining the ages of its detected planetary systems from their host stars. PLATO 2.0 data will be vital to test and develop planetary formation and evolution models and to address planetary science questions via its large numbers of accurate bulk planet parameters in systems of all kinds. As a result of the many hundred thousands of stars observed, PLATO 2.0 has furthermore a large complementary and legacy science program, from stellar to galactic science.

The PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop is open to the interested community. It will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 29-31 July, 2013.

The workshop shall examine the impact that PLATO will make on all areas of exoplanet, stellar, and legacy science areas. The preliminary program addresses a range of topics, describing the mission and where PLATO 2.0 will make an impact, e.g.:

  • The PLATO 2.0 Mission
  • Exoplanet science in the next decade
  • Asteroseismology across the HR diagram
  • Composition and internal structure of planets
  • Planet formation and evolution
  • Indications for extended atmospheres around small planets
  • Star-planet interaction, stellar activity and planet detection
  • Legacy science

The Scientific Organising Committee therefore invites abstracts and presentations, which contribute to these conference objectives. Please refer to the Preliminary Programme.

The conference will start on 29 July at 13:00 and will finish on 31 July at noon


First announcement issued 19 April 2013

Deadline for submission of abstracts 28 June 2013

Deadline for registration 12 July 2013

Confirmed invited speakers

  • Roi Alonso, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain
  • Willy Benz, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • François Bouchy, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, France
  • Matteo Brogi, Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands
  • Bill Chaplin, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Marc Antoine Dupret, Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Saskia Hekker, Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, The Netherlands
  • Jon Jenkins, SETI Institute, US
  • Willy Kley, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Helmut Lammer, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Nuccio Lanza, INAF – OACT, Italy
  • Andrea Miglio, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Christoph Mordasini, MPIA, Germany
  • Isabella Pagano, INAF – OACT, Italy
  • Heike Rauer, DLR, Germany
  • Roberto Silvotti, INAF-OATO, Italy
  • Stephane Udry, Observatoire de Genève, Switzerland


Participants are required to register for the workshop, using the online registration form, which is accessible from the top menu. There is no fee for attending the workshop.


Submission of abstracts is only possible through the dedicated online submission form in the main workshop web page.


The workshop will be held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the ESA establishment in the Netherlands, in the conference room Newton. For full details and travel information to ESTEC please go to the ESA-ESTEC web pages here.

Scientific Organising Committee

The workshop is organised by the ESA PLATO Science Study Team:

  • Heike Rauer, DLR, Germany
  • Marijo Goupil, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
  • Ana Heras, ESA
  • Giampaolo Piotto, University of Padova, Italy
  • Don Pollacco, University of Warwick, UK
  • Stephane Udry, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Local Organising Committee

  • Ana Heras
  • Sun Deby
  • Rod Bailey


For any question regarding the workshop, please contact:

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