Padova University
Padova University
Astronomy Department
Physics & Astronomy Dep.
Asiago Observatory
Padova Observatory
Padova Observatory

Exoplanets & Stellar Populations Group

vicolo Osservatorio 3, 35122 Padova - Italy tel. +39.049.827.8211     fax. +39.049.827.8212

PLATO Input Catalog Workshop (I)
September, 24th - 26th 2019

This workshop is the first meeting of a series of thematic PLATO (Planetary Transit and Oscillations of stars) Input Catalog (PIC) workshops that aim at bringing together all researchers interested in building up a catalog of PLATO targets to be monitored during the mission lifetime.
PLATO is the third medium-class mission adopted by ESA within the Cosmic Vision program, presently under construction for a launch in 2026. PLATO main goal is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planets and planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around bright and nearby solar-like stars. PLATO has also been designed to perform asteroseismology, enabling the accurate characterization of planet host stars, including their mass and age.
High precision light curves of stars in the PLATO fields will be collected with a cadence between 2.5 sec to 50 sec (duty cycle > 93% / year). The enormous data rate does not allow us to download the single images. Imagettes around up to 20000 stars, and light curves for up to one million stars will be processed onboard and sent to Earth. A PLATO input catalog including positions and main parameters of PLATO targets is crucial to preselect the stars most appropriate for the main mission goal.
During the workshop, researchers interested in exoplanet science, stellar astrophysics and complementary science will have the opportunity to discuss the PLATO target selection, prioritization and characterization.
Registration is now open:

SOC: Giampaolo Piotto (Università degli Studi di Padova) (chair) LOC: Giampaolo Piotto (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Conny Aerts (Instituut voor Sterrenkunde) Silvano Desidera (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova)
Magali Deleuil (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille) Valentina Granata (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Marie-Jo Goupil (LESIA Observatoire de Paris) Rossella Spiga (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Paola Marrese (SSDC INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma)
Marco Montalto (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Valerio Nascimbeni (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova)
Don Pollacco (University of Warwick)
Stéphane Udry (Observatoire de Genève)

Contact: Valentina Granata (valentina.granata at