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The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for Bulgaria

OAE NAEC Team logo for Bulgaria
Eva Bojurova
Eva Bojurova
Team Chair, NAEC team - Bulgaria
Municipality of Varna Public Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium



Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Alexander Kurtenkov
Dr Alexander Kurtenkov
Team Contact Person, NAEC team - Bulgaria
Institute of Astronomy and NAO, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
al.kurtenkov​atgmail.com


2012: BSc in Astrophysics, University of Sofia2013: MSc in Astrophysics, University of Sofia, 2014-2017: PhD in Astrophysics, University of Sofia, 2017- : Research fellow at the Institute of Astronomy and NAO, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Vladimir Bozhilov
Dr Vladimir Bozhilov
Team Member, NAEC team - Bulgaria
Dept. of Astronomy, Faculty of Physics, Sofia University, Bulgaria


Dr. Vladimir Bozhilov holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy since 2014. He is currently Head Assistant Professor at the Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Physics at Sofia University, Bulgaria. Since 2017 Dr. Bozhilov is also a Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for the “Science with and for Society” Programme. Dr. Bozhilov's main scientific interests are active galactic nuclei (AGN) – quasars and blazars at high redshift, cosmology, exoplanets and habitability. He teaches the M.Sc. courses "Science communication in Astronomy" and "Practical Science Communication in Astronomy" in the innovative interdisciplinary Master program "Astronomy and Popularization of Astronomy" at the Faculty of Physics, University of Sofia.


Besides being an active scientist and a lecturer, Dr. Bozhilov is an active science communicator with more than 150 media appearances on radio and TV and frequent presenter in sci-comm events (like Sofia Science Festival, European Researchers Night, etc.). He won second prize in the FameLab 2010 competition for communicating popular science and first prize in Hall of FameLab International 2014 in London, UK. Dr. Bozhilov is the author of over 80 articles in various Bulgarian popular science magazines and co-author of a popular book on exoplanets and habitability (“Life and Universe”, 2010). Since 2015 Dr. Bozhilov is lecturer and science expert at Children's Science Center “Muzeiko” - the largest science museum for kids in Bulgaria and in Eastern Europe. In 2012-2018 he was the Science Editor (2012-2014) and then the Editor-in-Chief (2014-2018) for “BBC Knowledge Bulgaria/BBC FOCUS/ScienceWorld” magazine.


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Georgi Byandov
Georgi Byandov
Team Member, NAEC team - Bulgaria



Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Jokin Ivo
Jokin Ivo
Team Member, NAEC team - Bulgaria
Municipal center for extracurricular activities


Summary of academic qualifications- 1987-1990 - college Pedagogical Institute- 1991-1995- Sofia University, majoring in physics, astronomy and chemistryBrief career history- 1990-1994 - teacher of physics and astronomy, chemistry in Baykal


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Yoanna Kokotanekova
Yoanna Kokotanekova
Team Member, NAEC team - Bulgaria
Astronomical Observatory by Youth Center - Haskovo


Mathematic high school in Haskovo; Master degree in Sofia University, Faculty of physics; PhD in Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Science – without graduation. Now I am an educator in the Astronomical observatory by Youth Center in Haskovo.


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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Contact

To get in touch with the NAEC team for Bulgaria please contact:
Dr Alexander Kurtenkov via al.kurtenkov​atgmail.com

Astronomy Education in Bulgaria

For more information on Astronomy Education in Bulgaria, see the Astronomy Education in Bulgaria Summary (PDF file 766.40 kB) prepared by our NAEC team. This document is available under Creative Comments Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Comments Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons