OUR MEMBERS

Among our members you will find students, IT specialists, lawyers, doctors or teachers. But all of us are joining one thing – a passion for the universe.

Below you can read the interests and several of our members:

Michaela Musilova

Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a research focus on life in extreme environments (extremophiles). Michaela has a PhD degree from the University of Bristol (UK) and she studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), the California Institute of Technology (USA), Chiba University (Japan) and others. She is also a graduate from the International Space University (ISU)’s Space Studies Program, 2015. Michaela’s astrobiology and space research experience includes: working on astrobiology and planetary protection research projects at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; simulating lunar and planetary surfaces through NASA’s and the UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; searching for exoplanets at the University of London Observatory; and being an analogue astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station, USA (2014 & 2017).
She has also received numerous prizes and grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation (2016); Women in Aerospace – Europe Student & Young Professional Award (2016) and she was selected as one of the most promising 30 under 30 by Forbes Slovakia (2015).
Michaela is actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as a patron of the programme in Slovakia and an Emerging Leader Representative for Europe, Mediterranean and Arab states. She is currently the Chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), a visiting professor at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, a lecturer for ISU and the Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and a senior research adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc.. Michaela also enjoys participating in STEAM outreach activities from teaching at schools, giving public presentations, to working with the media and more, as well as encouraging people to pursue their dreams.

Norbert Werner

Supermassive black holes and their influence on mass distribution in the universe – this is what Norbert studies with his team.

This young and very talented astrophysicist discovered part of the missing matter in the universe by capturing the images and spectra of a bridge of hot gas connecting two clusters of galaxies. It was a significant discovery because most of the mass formed by the atoms is in the form of this gas that has never been seen before.
He received astrophysical education at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice.

He worked as an independent scientist at the Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University, California, USA, where he also worked on the preparation of the American-Japanese Astro-H satellite.

Michal Zajaček

Michal s a junior postdoctoral researcher in the VLBI group of the Max Planck Instute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. He continues to be a member of the Galactic centre workgroup of Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckart at the University of Cologne as well as an external member of the Prague Relativistic Astrophysics Group. In 2014 he was selected for the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) programme. During his PhD studies he focused on the dynamics in galactic nuclei, especially the Galactic center, which can be studied at very high resolution. Michal is also a member of SFB956 Conditions and impact of star formation and a member of the StrongGravity consortium. In August 2016 he became an honourable member of the DAUP-Orion astronomical organization located in Makarska, Croatia.
Michal obtained his bachelor degree in general physics in 2012 at the Charles University in Prague. In 2014 he finished the master degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the same university. In 2014 he was also awarded RNDr. degree (Czech Doctor of natural sciences) by defending the enlarged and updated master thesis. 
Michal has been involved on several observational as well as theoretical projects focused on the Galactic centre physics in Prof. Andreas Eckart’s group at the University of Cologne. Moreover, he has aimed at linking the Galactic centre research with the study of galaxy evolution across optical emission line diagrams. To this aim he performed observations of galaxies from the FIRST survey with the Effelsberg radiotelescope at 4.8 GHz and 10.5 GHz.

Michaela Brchnelova

A promising young scientist, who already as a 17-year-old managed twice to come on top of the more than 1700 participants of the world’s most prestigious Intel ISEF scientists.

The research deals with high-energy particles coming to Earth from our galaxy. This cosmic radiation represents a high percentage of damage to satellites in orbit. In addition to this research, Michaela is also engaged in the search for, and training of, young future scientists, including the Mars Expedition, which she also completed in 2011. The planet 31462 Brchnelova is named after her.
Currently, she is studying Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University in Delft, Netherlands.


Jakub Kapus

He studied electrical engineering in Prague, but later decided to leave the school. In 2009 he established the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA).
He began to actively promote the need of the space industry in Slovakia and work on the stratospheric probe project. In 2011 he returned from Prague to Slovakia, started work on the development of the first Slovak satellite skCUBE as a project leader.
As lecturer, she takes part in many scientific and technical conferences and educational events around the world.