PLATO is a centre for educational research and development both in regular education and in corporate training.
It belongs to the Leiden University in the Netherlands and provides in-service teacher training. During a series of years the centre has gained experience and expertise in various fields of education and training.
Both research and development of training programmes, training materials and other educational arrangements are included in the realm of projects of the centre.
The director of the centre, Jaap Van Lakerveld, is a longstanding and active member of the ATEE (Association of Teacher Education in Europe). For a series of years he was the chairman of the permanent Research and Development Centre on in-service education of teachers of this association and as such has a great potential for dissemination and exploitation of results.