We combine multi-wavelength analysis of star-forming regions to study the dissipation of disks and the transitional disks together with studies of young transiting exoplanets around young stars to link the properties of both samples of objects. We foresee observations with JWST, VLT and ALMA among others to support these investigations, including the use of ESA's 1m Optical Ground Station (OGS) for targetted exoplanet transit searches in young star-forming regions.

Exoplanet research with Gaia is also actively on-going (see the Gaia Science section of this website) and interested researchers in working in these topics should contact directly Johannes Sahlmann (ESAC).

Scientists from the CARMENES project (Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and optical Echelle Spectrographs) from the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) are also collocated at ESAC, near Madrid. Researchers interested in applying for a Research Fellowship to work with the CARMENES team at ESAC should contact directly José A. Caballero at CAB. ".

Researchers interested in intermediate-mass, young "Herbig Ae/Be" stars or in looking for forming planets in protoplanetary disks should contact Ignacio Mendigutia (CAB) to explore possible research projects together.


The members of the exoplanets and protoplanetary disks group in 2022 are :

Former ESA Research Fellows, Ph.D. students, summer trainees in our group :

Some publications from the group :

Contact point: Bruno Merín

Interested in an ESA Research Fellowship in our group? Apply before the 19th of September of 2022 here.