The PLATO Mission Conference 2017: Exoplanetary systems in the PLATO era
18 June 2017From 5-7 September 2017, scientists will gather at the University of Warwick, UK, for a conference dedicated to examining the entire range of science enabled by the PLATO mission.
PLATO is the third medium-class mission (M3) in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme and is due to be launched in 2026. Its main objective is the detection and characterisation of habitable zone planets around Sun-like stars. This will be achieved through the detection of transits around host stars that are bright enough for detailed radial velocity investigation. In addition, many PLATO host stars are expected to be characterised through asteroseismology.
At the conference, experts will present the state of the art in exoplanet and asteroseismology science, and other research areas where PLATO is expected to make a major scientific impact. The organisers also hope to foster a closer relationship between Solar System and exoplanetary astronomers.
Further details are available at the conference website.