PI and co-PIs

The PLATO Mission Consortium (PMC) is represented by the PMC Principal Investigator (PI), and by the Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs).

The PI and co-PIs constitute the formal interface of the consortium to ESA. PI and co-PIs ensure that the performances of the mission meet the science requirements set by the PLATO Science Working Team (PSWT). The PI and co-PIs also constitutes the main scientific interface of all consortium sub-structures with ESA and the Project Scientist. PI and co-PIs are members of the PSWT  appointed by ESA. The PI chairs  the PMC Board.

PI and co-PIs, supported by the PMC Office make the PI and co-PIs Office.


Principal Investigator: Prof. Heike Rauer (DLR Berlin) since October 2012 

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Miguel Mass-Hess (CSIC-INTA), Dr. Isabella Pagano (INAF)  since October 2020.

Former PLATO Consortium Lead: Dr. Claude Catala (Observatoire de Paris) from 2007 to 2012.