More than 500 planets are now known to
orbit main-sequence stars in the neighborhood of our Sun, discovered
using a variety of detection and characterization techniques. Fifteen
years after the first announcement, the formation and evolution of
planetary systems is now emerging as a new, quickly expanding
interdisciplinary research field.
brought together leading experts from the many different research
disciplines involved with two broad aims:
to present the
state-of-the-art of the field of extrasolar planets, through an
organic discussion of the observational evidence in connection with
the most recent theoretical progress,
objectives and strategies necessary in the coming years to advance
our comprehension of the many complex processes which connect the
formation, structure, and evolution of planetary systems.