Born in 1962, Giampaolo Piotto had the Bachelor degree in Astronomy in 1986 at the University of Padova, where he also got the PhD in Astronomy in 1990. He has been Associate Researcher at the Astronomy Department of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987-88 and 1994-95. In 1990, he has been Associate Astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in Garching. Presently, he is Full Professor at the University of Padova, where he is teaching “Astronomy” for the first level degree in Astronomy and Laboratory of Astrophysics for the second level degree in Astronomy. Giampaolo Piotto is Director of the PhD School in Astronomy of the University of Padova since 2002.
His main scientific interests concern the search for and characterization of exoplanets, and the stellar populations in open and globular clusters. These activities have produced more than 280 research papers in international refereed journals and numerous invited reviews, with more than 17,000 citations, and an H factor of 73.
Giampaolo Piotto is member of the PLATO Science Working Team of the European Space Agency (ESA) and of the Board of the PLATO Consortium. He is responsible of the PLATO input catalog, the catalog of PLATO targets for the exoplanet search. Giampaolo Piotto is member the CHEOPS Science Team. CHEOPS is an ESA satellite of class S, adopted for a launch in 2019, for the characterization of exoplanets.
Since 2011 Giampaolo Piotto is member of the Guarantee Time Observations (GTO) Science Team of HARPS-N, an instrument for the spectroscopic search and characterization of exoplanets, mounted on the Italian National Telescope (TNG) at Canary Islands, and member of the Board and of the Science Team of the Italian collaboration “Global Architecture of exoplanetary Systems (GAPS)”.
In 2012-14 Giampaolo Piotto has been ESA representative in the Hubble Space Telescope User Committee.