Research activities of the Centre in large involve student participation at various motivational grant programmes as well as organisation of informal seminars and workshops. Students are encouraged to participate at international conferences and to get involved in solving research grants. Students and researchers of the Centre have recently been involved in the following activities:
During the academic year 2021-2022, Andrea Kotrlová attended the EAI Academy, an international educational program organized by the European Astrobiology Institute (EAI). The EAI Academy consisted of a series of 16 online seminars on topics related to astrobiology (e.g., coevolution of planetary geospheres, atmospheres and biospheres, prebiotic chemistry, habitability of exoplanets etc.).
The seminars were offered for free and were streamed online via Zoom every two weeks from October 2021 to June 2022. Each session included a 30-40 minute didactic talk given by a world-renowned expert. The talk was followed by about 20 minutes of questions and answers. The program has been very popular, it has about 350 subscribers and the seminars have had up to 200 online attendees from 32 countries. It provided a framework to meet online with the European astrobiology community and to acquire inter-disciplinary knowledge.
The program has been broadcasted by Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA). At the end of the academic year, CAB issued a certificate of participation to those who attended at least 10 seminars.
All past seminars have been recorded and are available on the CAB Youtube channel. List of all speakers and abstracts with links to recorded lectures can be found here. The program will be relaunched in September 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
In May 2022, Martin Urbanec, Debora Lančová, Lenka Vozárová and René Šprňa participated in the PHAROS Conference 2022: The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars. The meeting was held fully in person at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
The PHAROS Conference 2022 was intended to gather experts and students working on neutron stars from any perspective: astronomical observations from radio to gamma-rays, modelling of their multi-band emission, gravitational waves of isolated and binary neutron stars, neutron star formation and evolution, equation of state and nuclear interiors, core collapse supernovae, connection with gamma-ray bursts, fast radio bursts and the transient universe in general.
After the conference, Debora Lančová, Monika Matuszková, Lenka Vozárová and René Šprňa attended the workshop at the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Rome, where they discussed recent scientific findings with Prof. Luigi Stella from INAF-OAR (Astronomical Observatory of Rome) who has been cooperating with our institute for a long time.
In January 2022, Debora Lančová, Lenka Vozárová and René Šprňa participated in the 51st Saas-Fee Advanced Course organized by the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA) in Saas-Fee, a pedestrian village in the Swiss Alps surrounded by eighteen four-thousand-metre peaks.
The Saas-Fee Advanced Course has taken place annually since 1971 and in 2022 it was devoted to Compact-Object Astrophysics in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy. The course was primarily targeted at Ph.D. and advanced M.Sc. students and included a series of lectures given by distinguished lecturers that covered topics related to detection and analysis of gravitational wave data, astrophysical origin of coalescing double compact objects, analysis and interpretation of multi-messenger campaigns of coalescing double compact objects and understanding their electromagnetic signatures.
Formal lectures in the morning were followed by interactive hands-on sessions in the evenings, where the participants had the opportunity to get their hands on observational and simulation data and explore theoretical concepts with order-of-magnitude calculations. A several-hour-long afternoon break was scheduled, when the participants were encouraged to do winter sports or simply interact with each other.
Before the start of the course, our colleagues also spent a few days at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, whose one of the directors Prof. Dr. Maurizio Falanga has been cooperating with our institute for a long time.