This is the first of a series of thematic PLATO Exoplanet workshops that aim to bring together observers and theorists to discuss some of the major challenges in exoplanet research.
This year the workshop will be examining stellar activity and its affect on the detection and characterisation of small planets. We already know that stellar activity has a subtle impact on low signal-to-noise transits and can challenge radial velocity measurements. For low mass, small planets this will limit the number of targets that can be followed up. Consequently, any improvements we can make in our treatment of activity signals will make a significant impact in the characterised small planet population.