Celebrate international day of women and girls in science with us!

  • Tomáš Lanča
  • 11.02.2021
The 11th of February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Since we have many women in the positions of assistant professors and Ph. D students, we have decided to introduce some of them and their success in science.

The international day was established in the year 2015 and is meant to remind the importance of women in science and encourage young girls pursue their interest in scientific fields. One part of it is a challenge for scientists, students, and research organisations to share the various achievements of women they work with the hashtag #WomenInScience. Watch our Instagram and Facebook page if you want to see more. And considering what a complicated year we have just had, we are interested to see what achievements have been made over the past year, and not just in science.

You can find more on https://www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science-day

Andrea Kotrlová

I'm from Ostrava and I'm working at the Institute of Physics in Opava as a lecturer and a research assistant at the Research Centre for Computational Physics and Data Processing.

My research focuses mainly on the study of high-frequency quasiperiodic oscillations observed in the X-ray fluxes of accreting compact objects and their use to estimate compact objects' parameters. I also participate in teaching activities and the supervision of the thesis of bachelor's study programme Environmental monitoring.

In my free time I like hiking, exploring new places, returning to my favourite places, taking photos, and reading popular science books. Since I was a child, I have enjoyed watching various popular science TV shows and documentary series about planet Earth, astronomy and the Universe. I really appreciate that now in my professional life I can do what I have always been interested in. I also appreciate that I can work with colleagues who have similar interests and that I have had the opportunity to present our research results at a number of prestigious conferences and workshops in many amazing places around the world and to meet a lot of interesting people and well-known experts such as Kip Thorne, Roger Penrose, Mario Livio or Andrea Ghez.

Gabriela Urbancová

A native of Opava and this year she will complete her PhD studies at the Institute of Physics in Opava. Her research is focused on the behaviour of particles moving near rotating compact objects, such as neutron stars. Gabriela likes to popularize astrophysics and science among friends and family. In her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing, pub quizzes and reading.

Berenika Čermáková

A student of the third year bachelor's degree in Astrophysics. She is interested in particle physics, which she will continue in the follow-up master's study. She also works as a lecturer at the planetarium in Jindřichův Hradec. In her free time she enjoys analog photography and sports.

Debora Lančová

Originally from Ostrava, a student of Ph. D. on the institute of physics. She's taking part in research of computer simulations of accretion processess around neutron stars and black holes, rides a motorbike and plays board games.