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Tomás Silva


I am currently in my third-year at the study programme of Physics with a minor in Astronomy at the University of Porto, Portugal. I have always been interested in Science and I have a special passion for Astrophysics. The cosmos fascinates me. Since I was a child, I love to observe the night sky… I’m a curious person and a free-thinker. I love to learn and I need to know “why” everything happens. At this moment I’m also doing an internship at the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) where we study topics like the characterization of proprieties of dark energy and astrophysical methods that test the stability of fundamental constants of nature.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

Participating in the Odysseus contest would be an opportunity to improve my knowledge, but also to discuss and share my ideas with other Space lovers. The prospect of meeting students and scholars from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds coming from all over the World with same interests, making new friends and the amazing prizes made it very appealing.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

I enjoyed discovering more about the research already done and how much we were learning while developing this project. Overall it was a very good experience.

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

With this project I noticed how important it is to have multiple sources and how time management plays a major role.

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

Developing this project enhanced even more my desire to pursue a career in the field of Space Science.