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PMC Science Management

PMC Science Management

Welcome to the PSM website

PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is the European Space Agency's M3 mission. It is designed to search for small, rocky exoplanets in the habitable zone of stars like the Sun, and will do so using the transit method. By staring at a large area of sky, PLATO will observe small changes in brightness caused by exoplanets passing in front of their host stars.

After a lot of hard work by all consortium members, PLATO was officially adopted by ESA in June 2017.

The PSM is the science management arm of the PLATO consortium. It works to ensure that the mission is able to fulfill its scientific goals, and to prepare for analysis of data collected by the satellite. The PSM also acts as the interface between the PLATO consortium and the wider scientific community.

For more information about PLATO, please explore the links above. For inquiries, please contact psmoffice[at]


PLATO Conference 2021: Exploring exoplanets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars

The PLATO Mission Conference 2021: Exploring exoplanets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars will be held from 11 to 15 October 2021 as an online event. This conference aims to present the status of the PLATO mission to the community, both in terms of satellite development and scientific preparation, and to bring together experts working on observations and theory associated with any of the PLATO science objectives.

The major themes of the Conference are:

  • PLATO development status
  • Selection of the PLATO sky fields and the PLATO Input Catalogue
  • Light-curve analysis for detection and characterisation of long-period small planets
  • Asteroseismology and stellar characterisation
  • Advances in modelling stellar internal structure and evolution
  • Stellar activity
  • Ground-based observations for the confirmation and mass determination of planets
  • Long-period small planets and habitability
  • Planetary structure, composition, evolution, and architecture of planetary systems
  • PLATO in the context of Kepler/K2, TESS, CHEOPS, JWST, Roman Space Telescope, Ariel, and large ground-based observatories
  • Complementary science topics benefitting from PLATO high-precision photometry

For further information please visit the Conference Website.

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