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2017 Odysseus Contest Liberec Regional Event

The 2017 Odysseus Contest Liberec Regional will take place from 14th to 18th June 2017, at the iQLANDIA Science Center in Liberec, Czech Republic

The Liberec Regional will gather the top Pioneers teams, winners at the national stage, of the Odysseus Contest Cycle II, organized during the 2016 – 2017 academic year. The Odysseus national finalists from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania will enjoy five days, from 14th – 18th June 2017, full of fun and Space related experiences and engaged in a space science challenge that enables them to showcase their skills, knowledge and talent.

The contestants will present their projects in front of the Jury Panel which will have a really hard task to select the Regional winners. Lecture about Space weather, orbital environment and space hardware testing are only a few of the educative programme activities with hands-on science laboratory experiments.

The national finalists will visit Microtron accelerator in Prague nuclear bunker, which is used for research with mixed radiation field similar to at Earths’ orbit and testing space hardware. Tour of the Ionospheric observatory in Průhonice with devoted explanations of ionospheric physics will demonstrate to the participants how the disturbed ionospheric propagation of satellite radio signals for navigation and telecommunication purposes have big influence on our daily life. The winners will be announced on 16th June, in the Liberec Regional Award Ceremony.


Wednesday 14th June 2017

17:00 – Departure from Václav Havel airport Prague to Liberec

19:00 – Accommodation in Hotel Babylon (

20:00 – Dinner at the Babylon hotel restaurant and icebreaker


Thursday 15th June 2017

Full day of activities at the Science center iQLANDIA Liberec (

09:30 – 10:00 Opening and info (inside iQLANDIA at the FOUNTAIN, 1st floor)

10:00 – 12:00 PIONEERS project presentations (3rd floor)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at the iQLANDIA restaurant (1st floor)

13:00 – 17:00  PIONEERS project presentations (3rd floor)

14:20 – 14:40 coffee break

14:40 – 16:30 PIONEERS project presentations (3rd floor)

16:30 – Dinner at the iQLANDIA restaurant (1st floor)

18:00 – Evaluation committee meeting


Friday 16th June 2017

Full day of “hands-on science” freely accessible throughout the Science Center

09:30 – 11:00 EXPLORERS project presentations (3rd floor)

11:00 – 11:10 coffee break

11:10 – 12:40 EXPLORERS project presentations (3rd floor)

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch at the iQLANDIA restaurant (Pioneers can go earlier?)

13:30 – 14:00 Science show in English

13:30 – 14:00 Evaluation committee meeting

14:00 – 15:00 ENGLISH “hands-on laboratory” (only RO or SK students due to capacity)

15:30 – 16:30 CZECH “hands-on laboratory” (only CZ or SK students due to capacity)

16:45 – 17:15 „Journey to the Stars“ (Planetarium, iQLANDIA – 4th floor)

17:15 – 17:30 Awards ceremony (Planetarium, iQLANDIA – 4th floor)

17:30 – 18:30 Social walking dinner (COSMOS expo, iQLANDIA – 4th floor)


Saturday 17th June 2017

09:00 – Departure of all participants by bus to Prague

11:00 – Tour of the Ionospheric observatory in Průhonice (,

Lunch packs on the bus

13:00 – Excursion to the NPI Microtron accelerator in Prague nuclear bunker

16:30 – Arrival to the Hotel

Free time and dinner (meal vouchers usable anywhere in Prague)


Sunday 18th June 2017

07:00 – 9:00 Optional excursion to the NPI REZ accelerators with applications in space instrumentation testing

11:40 – Departure