Stefan Cikota

Stefan Cikota

Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - FER
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb

Swiss Space Systems d.o.o.
Ribnjak 40
10000 Zagreb


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I am a PhD student in Astrophysics at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, with an Assistant position at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - FER, Department of Applied Physics in Zagreb, Croatia. I am also at service for Swiss Space Systems as Technical advisor.

My research interests are various, but mostly related to the Solar system, it's formation and evolution and the small Solar system bodies.
During my undergraduate studies in Switzerland, I started to collaborate with the La Sagra Sky Survey (MPC J75) located in southern Spain, where I contributed to the development of data acquisition and reduction techniques but also to many technical work like putting new telescopes into operation. During my activity at La Sagra we discovered over 3100 minor planets, which includes 1 comet and 12 Near Earth Asteroids.
My work at La Sagra was followed by the Croatian public, and I am known as the discoverer of the asteroid (187700) Zagreb, which we named in April 2009 after the Croatian capital.
In 2009 I started to collaborate with the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC) on studies of Trans-Neptunian Objects, but also on smaller projects related to impacts in our Solar system and Main Belt Comets.
Beginning 2017 I joined the Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) collaboration.

I also enjoy outreach activities because I think that every scientist should give some contribution to popularization of science. I am giving my contribution in form of popular articles, public talks, helping in organization of public events with sky observations and educational projects for high school students like the Visnjan School of Astronomy.
I am a member of the Croatian Astronomical Society and co-founder of the Croatian branch of Center for Inquiry, which provides a good background for outreach activities.

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