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Konstantinos Karampelas


My name is Konstantinos Karampelas and i am a senior student at the Department of Physics in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. My main interests are theoretical and mathematical Physics and i am currently working on a thesis on Conformal Field Theory. Furthermore, I am interested in computational Physics, achieving 3rd place in Odysseus II Contest with the project “M.U.S.H.ROOM” (2016) and currently working on a project about Exotic Nuclei.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

My main sources of motivation were two: the excitement of working on an unsolved problem (a secure habitat on the Moon) and the chance to travel and meet other students from Europe who share the same enthusiasm about Science and Engineering.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

Although I had a lot of sleepless nights and tiresome meetings, I enjoyed watching our research and project come to life and give results!

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

Realising that humanity knows so little comparing to what is really needed for safe space travel; surviving in space is even more difficult than it sounds. There are a lot of obstacles on the way, cosmic radiation being the greater of all, and scientists are still studying it.

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

Although I enjoyed working on the project, Physics is a broad field and I discovered that I prefer Theoretical Particle Physics.