In the decade since the first detection of an exoplanetary transit, more than 60 transiting exoplanets have been discovered and characterized, using both ground-based and space-based observations. A few systems including a transiting planet have also been discovered, providing precise data that can be used for dynamical modelling and for investigating the processes of planet formation and migration. Observations of transits provide not only fundamental parameters of the planet, but also the relative inclination between the orbit and the stellar rotation axis, which offers additional constraints on formation and migration scenarios. The Colloquium "Detection and dynamics of transiting exoplanets" is intended to review all the observed characteristics of transiting systems, and all theoretical works related to the measured properties.
Observatoire de Haute-Provence is located in southern France, near the
village of Saint Michel l'Observatoire. Among the discoveries made from
this location are 51 Peg b in 1995 and HD 189733 b in 2005 with ELODIE.
The 193-cm telescope is now equipped with SOPHIE, which makes important
contributions to studies of transiting exoplanets. Up to 80
participants are expected. Most of them can be lodged inside the
Observatory for the period of the Colloquium, the others will be lodged
in the hotels around, all within 15min by car from OHP. Students and post-docs are encouraged to
participate and contribute their work, and can apply for a travel grant.