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Barbora Bezděková

Czech Republic

I come from a small town located in the central Moravia (one of three parts of the Czech Republic) called Vyškov. I have been studying The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University (Prague, The Czech Republic). The focus of my research at university is cosmic physics. Main part of my work concentrates on analysis of data measured by the French low-altitude spacecraft DEMETER (Detection of Electro-Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions), which operated between 2004 and 2010 at altitudes around 700 km. I investigate electromagnetic waves measured by this satellite called magnetospheric line radiation and quasiperiodic emissions.

During my studies, I have several times presented the results of my research. In 2015 and 2016 I participated the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, in 2015 also the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly, where I showed posters about both types of investigated phenomena. Finally, in September 2016 I had a paper at conference VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of Ionospheres and Magnetospheres (VERSIM).

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

My motivation to participate in this contest was simple – I just wanted to experience the atmosphere of an international project and attempt to confront something new. It was a new challenge! One should try everything and Odysseus contest seemed to me to be an experience I have never done before. I was also interested in how I could hold my own against other contestants.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

The preparation of my project was quiet hurried and I didn´t have enough time to think a lot about the goals of my work. I just wanted to try creating something, making a new experience, which could make sense, and I was really not sure if I could manage it. Then I prepared the summary, sent it and after that I was told, that I qualified for another level. That was the moment I really enjoyed because I finally managed it.

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

I learned that the enthusiasm to the work and obstinacy are sometimes enough to experience something unexpected.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

As I have chosen the area of my studies couple years before, the project had no effect on my decision. However, I realized the extent of the space science and discovered new directions of the research during solving the project. That was very educational to me.