Team Leads

The activities of the forum are coordinated by the team leaders and the board. Besides research & development programs and outreach activities, the Service units provide the administrative and logistical backbone of the forum. The teams support the board and project leads in the realization of their tasks. 

Service Units and their Leaders
  • Financial Services (Olivia Haider, board member)
  • IT Team (Lukas Gradl)
  • Legal Team (Mag. Alexander Soucek, MSS, board member)
  • Media (Mag. Monika Fischer)
  • Membership & Recruitment (Dr. Julia Weratschnig, board member)
Project Leaders
  • Mission Support Center / Flight Directors (A. Soucek, R. Tlustos)
  • Mission Support Center / Flightplan (Nina Sejkora)
  • Mission Support Center / BME (Dr. Rochelle Velho)
  • Mission Support Center / RSS (Dr. Seda Özdemir-Fritz)
  • Mission Support Center / Ground Support (Julia Weratschnig)
  • Mission Support Center / Science Data Officer (Christopher O’Hara)
  • Human Factors (Alexandra Hofmann)
  • Safety Officer (Michael Klicker, MSc., MSS)

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Monika Fischer, MA

Team Lead Media

Career: born 1972 in Poland, amateur astronomer, Studies of law in Vienna and afterwards working for the higher administrative court.  Further customer aquisition for a leading personal consultant in Vienna. Several years experience in public outreach, marketing and fundraising for the planetarium Vienna. Currently public outreach and realization of cooperations for the artistic adult education center in Vienna. Co-organizer of the Yuri’s Night Vienna and the castle talks at the castle Albrechtsberg near Melk. Since 2012 team lead of the media team.

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Lukas Gradl

Team Lead IT

Born 1975, since 1993 owner-manager in IT/software development, specialized in medical / medical research in different international teams. In addition CEO of a contact lense institute in Innsbruck since 2016. 10 years of experience in the training / examining young people in the
area of IT for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. 15 years of experience in different leading positions in the area of logistics / support for the Austrian Red Cross in Innsbruck.

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Alexandra Hofmann, MSc.

Team Lead Human Factors

Career: Born 1989 in Berlin. Studies of psychology and psychotherapy (University of Witten/Herdecke). Training for the profession of psychological psychotherapist. Currently: Research in the field of Virtual Reality applications. Joined the OeWF in 2015. Team lead of Human Factors. Selection and training of Analog Astronauts, Researching psychological effects of analog missions.

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Michael Klicker, MSc., MSS

Safety Officer

Carrer: Born in 1974, graduated 2001 in Technical Physics at the University of Technology in Graz, Austria. Graduated 2004 as Master of Space Studies at ISU in Strasbourg, France. In 2004 worked at ESA in the area of electric propulsion systems. Since 2005 working for various consultancy companies on projects in functional safety / system safety / software safety of complex systems in aerospace and defence.

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Christopher O’Hara

Science Data Officer

Career: Born in California, USA in 1984. MSEE in Mechatronics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA), MSc in Embedded Systems from TU/e (NL), and MSc in Autonomous Systems from TU Berlin (DE). Currently, a PDEng candidate and technological design engineer trainee at the TU/e focused on systems engineering and systems architecting for space applications (in collaboration with ESA and CERN). First introduced to the OeWF at the Analog Mission Basic Training event in June 2019. Afterward, joined the Science Data Officer team along with picking up work packages for the SERENITY spacesuit.

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Dr. Seda Özdemir-Fritz

Team Lead Remote Science Support

Career: Born 1985 in Ankara, Turkey. BSc and MSc both in Geology Engineering at Ankara University, Turkey and Ph.D in Lithospheric Research-Impact Research and Planetary Geology at the University of Vienna. Holds the Project Management certificate from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Focused on meteorites and impact craters and performed many petrographic and geochemical investigations. In 2014, granted and took part in the Impact Crater research in Flagstaff-USA, hosted by LPI. Recently, working as a project manager, additionally leading the art & science projects for children. After attending AMBT in December 2018, was assigned as an RSS team member and following as the RSS team-lead.

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Simone Paternostro, MSc.

Flight Director

Career: Born in 1986 in Italy. Studied Aerospace Engineering (BSc., two MSc.) at La Sapienza University of Rome, focusing on Space Flight Dynamics, Mission Analysis and Space Transportation Systems. Currently completing a PhD about Satellite Navigation for commercial flights with the University of Nottingham and since April 2017 Payload Planning Engineer for the International Space Station at the Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Department in ESTEC. Joined OeWF in February 2015 and was assigned as Flight Director for the AMADEE-18 expedition in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Nina Sejkora

Team Lead Flight Plan (MSC)

Career: Born 1994 in Innsbruck. BSc in physics at the University of Innsbruck, MSc in Space Science from the University Technology of Graz. Participation at the Alpbach Summer School 2014. Since 2012 member of the Austrian Space Forum. Participation at the MARS2013 Mars Simulation and World Space Week 2013 as member of the flight planning team. Since 2014 flight planning Team lead, including for the AMADEE-15 and AMADEE-18 expeditions.

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Laura Zanardini, MSc.

Flight Director

Career: Born in 1983 in Milan, Italy. Master Degree in Space Engineering from the University in Milan and then working for the Italian Space Agency as Liaison and Engineering support at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas. Since 2011 STRATOS Flight Controller at the Columbus Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Increment Lead for the missions of ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst (2014 & 2018) and Tim Peake (2015). Joined OeWF in February 2015 and was assigned as Flight Director for the AMADEE-15 and AMADEE-18 expeditions.

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