The Odysseus Semi – Final for Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia took place in Warsaw between 12 and 15 of April.
A considerable part of the semi – final consisted of presentations of the participating entries. All teams had the chance to demonstrate their knowledge and skills during their 20 – minute presentation and to answer to the questions from the Jury members and other participants.
Apart from the actual contest the participants took part in a number of outreach activities. They watched a show about Black Holes in the Planetarium Heavens of Copernicus and made scientific experiments in the Copernicus Science Centre. They also took a tour in the SRCPAS labs and they visited the Astronomical Observatory in Ostrowik. In the Observatory the participants experienced Fireplace, puns, guitar, celtic dances lesson and got familiarized with the routine works of training and observation of the Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory.
Results of the ODYSSEUS II Semi-Final, Warsaw 12 – 15 IV 2016
The top team in the Pioneers category was „KOSMICZNI_EKOLODZY”, consisting of Jakub Brach and Radosław Paluch from Świętochłowice, Poland with the project entitled „Śmietnik nad głową”.
The winner in the Exploers category was Jan Jędryszek, student in the Jagielonian University, with the project entitled „Why is the definition of life and life’s origins on Earth important in extraterrestrial research?”
A number of special awards was presented to the following contestants:
In the Pioneers category:
In the Explorer Category:
The judging committee comprised of: Prof. Barbara Popielawska, Prof. Maria Agnieszka Bzowska, Ms Ausma Bruņeniece, Prof. Stanisław Zoła, Prof. Romualda Lazauskaite, Prof. Alexey Pamyatnykh, Dr. Andris Slavinskis and Dr. Magdalena Sroczyńska – Kożuchowska.