Scientific Workshop for Students and Young Researchers on the Anniversary of 10 Years of the Czech Republic in ESA

Part of the Czech Space Week 2018 Czech Space Year 2018


12 - 15, 2018


Ministry of Transportation,
Nábřeží Ludvíka Svobody 1222/12,


  • Space research, Earth observations and Technology innovations with ESA
  • Presentation of the Czech participation in scientific and technical projects of ESA
  • ESA opportunities for young researchers and students
  • Prospects and discussion of further collaboration with ESA

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Invited speakers

  • Bruno Altieri

    Bruno Altieri - ESA/ESAC

    My main research interest is on deep cosmological surveys to address the following astrophysical issues:
    • Properties of the most distant galaxy clusters and proto-clusters.
    • What is the evolutionary sequence which lead star formation to migrate from high-z overdensities to low density regions in the local universe?
    • Resolve the Cosmic Infrared Background and determine the nature of its constituents.
    • Determine the cosmic evolution of dusty star formation and of the infrared luminosity function.
    • Elucidate the relation of far-infrared emission and environment, and determine clustering properties.
    • Determine the contribution of AGN. Determine the infrared emission and energetics of known galaxy populations.
    • The search of Solar System Objects in deep optical surveys.

  • Didier Barret

    Didier Barret - CNRS

    Didier Barret is a high-energy astrophysicist working at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology of Toulouse. His scientific research is centered on the analysis and the interpretation of X-ray data collected by space observatories from X-ray binaries, containing black holes and neutron stars. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) to fly on board the Athena X-ray Observatory, the second Large mission of the Cosmic Vision program of the European Space Agency.

  • Marco Feroci

    Marco FerociIAPS/INAF Roma


  • Matteo Guainazzi

    Matteo GuainazziESA/ESTEC

    My main research interests focus on high-energy observations of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). I have recently used X-ray observations of nearby AGNt galaxies to study: a) the ionization mechanism of the Narrow Line Regions; b) the location and dynamics of optically-thick gas and dust in the innermost ~pc around supermassive black holes. Exciting times are come for AGN science, with the unprecedented spectroscopic capabilities of the micro calorimeters on board XRISM and Athena to become operational during the next decade. I am involved in the preparation of future missions as Project Scientist of the ESA contribution to XRISM, and Study Scientist for Athena and THESEUS.

  • Roger Haagmans

    Roger Haagmans - ESA/ESTEC

    Senior advisor Earth Observation and GOCE, Swarm and G-CLASS mission scientist.

  • Guido de Marchi

    Guido de Marchi - ESA/ESTEC

    My main scientific interests include star formation, the study of resolved stellar populations, the structure of star clusters and their dynamical evolution, and the properties of the interstellar medium. I make extensive use of the HST and the VLT in my research and work with data from the UV to the near IR. I lead a research programme with JWST on star formation in the local group.

  • Mark McCaughrean

    Mark McCaughrean - ESA/Directorate of Science

    Prof. Mark McCaughrean is the Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, exploration, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

  • Paul McNamara

    Paul McNamara - ESA/ESTEC

    My scientific interests lie in the observation of the universe through gravitational waves, in particular, the low frequency gravitational wave spectrum which will be observed by LISA. Gravitational wave astrophysics is in its infancy with the recent observations of merging stellar-origin black holes (SOBH) and neutron stars with the ground based, high frequency, gravitational wave detectors. However, LISA will offer complementary science by observing the gravitational wave signatures from, for example, merging supermassive black holes (SMBH), or the capture of SOBH by massive black holes at the centre of most galaxies.
    I have been actively involved in the LISA mission since the mid-1990’s, when my research was focused on the design and development of the laser interferometric measurement system at the heart of the mission. In recent years, I have been more focused on the physics and data analysis of the optical metrology and inertial sensing systems required by spaceborne GW observatories, in particular those related to the LISA Pathfinder mission, on which I served as the Project Scientist. I am now the Study Scientist of LISA, and am focused on the design of the instrument, as well as the preparation for the analysis of the LISA data.

  • Tereza Šmejkalová

    Tereza Šmejkalová - Serco Italia

    I work as a remote sensing specialist for the RUS Copernicus service at Serco Italia. RUS Copernicus is a project funded by the European Commission and managed by the ESA. Its main task is to promote the uptake of Copernicus Sentinel data and enable the development of new applications and use scenarios. My main task is to design and deliver training on the use of remote sensing data from the Sentinel missions as well as direct support to the users. Prior to joining the RUS Copernicus project, I have spent a year as a Young Graduate Trainee at ESA ESRIN looking at iceberg monitoring using Sentienl-1 SAR data and I continued this work at the Center for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

  • Joe Zender

    Joe Zender - ESA/ESTEC

    Among my main research interests are Meteor Research with emphasis on spectral meteor data analysis, Solar Corona with emphasis on the study of long-term solar corona analaysis, and Mercury Science, especially the interaction of the solar wind with Mercury.
    As member of ESA's Meteor Research Group (MRG), but also member of several amateur or professional observation teams, I have taken part and contributed to several meteor observation campaigns in the past (Leonid Campaigns in 1999, 2001, 2002; Geminid Campaign in Norway, 2005; Draconid Airplan Campaign in 2010).
    Besides operating the cameras, I have a dedicated interest in analyzing the data from the spectral camera. Since some time, we have been working on a fully automated calibration pipeline that is now reasonably advanced, but still awaiting carefull and thourough validation.
    Besides the main known problems of Solar Physics, we are interested to better understand which parts of the solar atmosphere are contributing and in which way to the long-term evolution of the solar irradiance, i.e. the solar cycle.
    To help us answer this question, we segment the solar disk into Active Regions, Coronal Holes, Solar Limb, and the rest (Quiet Sun). These segmentation we apply to several wavelength in the EUV and magnetometer data from Proba 2-SWAP and LYRA, and SDO/AIA and HMI on data from 2010 onwards.


Tentative programme:

Monday 12 November

  • Afternoon I Welcoming talks Introduction of academic institutes interested in space projects
  • Afternoon II Overview of ESA science and exploration
  • Afternoon III Space missions to the Sun (Solar Orbiter, Proba 3)

Tuesday 13 November

  • Morning Astrophysics space missions with ESA - X-ray astronomy
  • Afternoon Political conference at the Congress Centre

Wednesday 14 November

  • Morning I Science with ESA - Earth observations
  • Morning II ESA open to researchers - information about data archives Discussion - how to get and use ESA publicly available data?
  • Afternoon I Astrophysics space missions with ESA - Solar System exploration Contributed scientific talks using ESA observations
  • Afternoon II ESA positions for students and young researchers: fellowships, traineeships Discussion - how to apply for ESA positions, how to get more Czech scientists involved in ESA projects?

Thursday 15 November

  • Morning I Dark and Gravitational Universe Invited: LISA, Euclid, JWST
  • Morning II ESA technologies Contributed talks about involvement in technical projects with ESA
  • Afternoon I Czech involvement in ESA projects Discussion - how to increase Czech participation in ESA?
  • Afternoon II Concluding remarks

Registration deadline: November 1

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Abstract submission deadline: October 7

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Ministry of Transportation
Nábřeží Ludvíka Svobody 1222/12



Mgr. Aleš Bezděk, PhD
Prof. RNDr. Petr Heinzel, DrSc.
Prof. RNDr. Vladimír Karas, DrSc.
Prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Němeček, DrSc.
Prof. Mgr. Petr Páta, PhD
Prof. RNDr. Ondřej Santolík, Dr.
RNDr. Jiří Svoboda, PhD
Doc. RNDr. Gabriel Tőrők, PhD
Prof. RNDr. David Vokrouhlický, DrSc.
Doc. Mgr. Norbert Werner, PhD


Abhijeet Borkar
Michal Bursa
Daniel Dupkala
Stanislav Gunár
Jan Lukačevič
Romana Mikušincová
David Píša
Josef Sebera
Pavel Suchan
Jiří Svoboda
Gabriela Urbancová