- General Astrophysics A/B
- Cosmic Plasma Dynamics
- Theory of Stellar Spectra
- Interpretation of Astronomical Spectra
- Stellar Atmospheres
- Numerical Methods in Radiative Transfer
Olga Atanacković was born on February 13, 1959 in Belgrade. She graduated in 1981 from the Department of Astronomy (Astrophysics study group) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Belgrade. She got a grant “Prof. Zaharije Brkić” as the best student in 1981/1982 graduated from the Department of Astronomy, Univ. of Belgrade. She got her MSc degree at the Department of Astronomy in Belgrade in 1986 with the thesis “Analysis of non-local effects in non-LTE radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres”. In 1991 she defended her PhD thesis “Contribution to the solution of radiative transfer problems in stellar atmospheres”. Both, MSc and PhD, were made under the supervision of dr Eduardo Simonneau (CNRS, France).
From 1982 to 1996 she was employed at the Astronomical Observatory in Belgrade. She was appointed research associate in 1992. Since 1993 she has been engaged at the Department of Astronomy holding exercises for the course Theoretical Astrophysics, and since 1995 (when she became assistant professor) for the lectures of the same course as well. Since 1996 she has been employed at the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade. She has been appointed associate professor in 2002, and full professor in 2013. She currently lectures the following courses: General Astrophysics (A and B), Theory of stellar spectra and Cosmic plasma dynamics at the Bachelor studies, Interpreting astronomical spectra at the Master studies and Stellar atmospheres and Numerical methods in radiative transfer at the PhD studies. She was mentor for a diploma thesis at the Faculty of Physics, as well as for two master theses, one MSc thesis and two PhD theses at the Faculty of Mathematics. She was the member of commissions for reviewing and defense of 6 master theses, 18 MSc theses, 8 PhD theses as well as a member of the commissions for validation of one BSc and three PhD diplomas.
With prof. Mirjana Vukićević-Karabin, she is the co-author of the university textbook “General Astrophysics” (1st edition in 2004; 2nd edition in 2010).
She got a grant from the French government in 1984/85 to spend eight months at the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris (IAP) working with dr Eduardo Simonneau. Next five years she was working under his supervision on the Project “New numerical methods in radiative transfer” within the Program of scientific cooperation between France and Yugoslavia. In 1996 she got a grant of the French Society of the Friends of Science for a two-month stay at the IAP. She commenced the scientific collaboration with prof. Marianne Faurobert (Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis) in 2011. In June 2013 as a visiting professor she gave the series of lectures on radiative transfer in spectral lines at the University of Nice. She participated in numerous research projects supported by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia. Currently (2011-2015) she is engaged on the projects "Stellar Physics" and "Visible and Invisible Matter in Nearby Galaxies: Theory and Observations". She is also participating on the project "Transfert de rayonnement multi-dimensionnel dans les atmosphères et les environnements stellaires" in the framework of the Program of bilateral cooperation between Serbia and France "Pavle Savić" (2013-2014).
Olga Atanacković published 65 scientific papers (13 papers are published in the refereed journals from the SCI list). She participated at more than 20 national and international conferences. Her papers were cited more than 60 times. She worked in several fields of theoretical astrophysics and astronomy: the spectral line formation theory and radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres (kinetic effects in non-LTE radiative transfer and numerical methods for solving radiative transfer equation), contribution of gravitational redshift to spectral line profiles of Seyfert galaxies and quasars, photometric study of the close binaries, plasma screening effects on Stark broadening of ion lines at adiabatic limit, refraction and astro-climate research and bibliography of catalogues and papers on parallaxes, proper motions and radial velocities.
Olga Atanacković was a referee for two university textbooks: "Theoretical foundations of radio-astronomy" (Dejan Urošević and Jelena Milogradov-Turin, 2007) and "Introduction to spectroscopy for astronomers" (Tijana Prodanović, 2010).
She gave several public outreach lectures in astronomy at the People’s University of Kolarac, at the regular annual seminars in physics for the primary and secondary school teachers, and at the Petnica Science Center. She also took part in the training of members of the national team for the International Astronomy Olympiad in 2004 and 2005.
Olga Atanacković was the secretary of the Editorial board of the Astronomical Observatory (1983-1990) and the Editor of the Publications de l’Observatoire Astronomique de Belgrade (1990-1995). Since 1990 she has been a member of the Editorial board of Publications de l'Observatoire Astronomique de Belgrade and of the Editorial board of Bulletin de l'Observatoire Astronomique de Belgrade (since 1996 Serbian Astronomical Journal). She was a referee of numerous papers published in the journal and proceedings.
She was the member of Managing Board of the Astronomical Observatory and the Council of the Faculty of Mathematics.
As a member of the Scientific or Local Organizing Committee, Olga Atanackovic participated in the organization of several conferences: VI European Regional Meeting of Astronomy (Dubrovnik, 1981), 100 years of the Astronomical Observatory in Belgrade (Beograd, 1987), The First Yugoslav Conference on Spectral Line Shapes (Krivaja, 1995), Simposium "On Contemporary Mathematics" on the occasion of 125 years of the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade (Belgrade, 1998), XIII National conference of Yugoslav astronomers (Belgrade, 2002), XIV National conference of astronomers of Serbia and Montenegro (Belgrade, 2005), XV National conference of astronomers of Serbia (Belgrade, 2008, as a co-chair), XVI National conference of astronomers of Serbia (Belgrade, 2011) and XVII National conference of astronomers of Serbia (Belgrade, 2014).
From October 2005 to March 2007 she was the head of the Department of Astronomy. As a professor and the head of the Department, she participated in the reform of astronomy and astrophysics studies. She was also active in reintroduction of astronomy as an independent subject in the secondary schools.
In 2008 she was a member of the National Organizing Committee for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 in Serbia. She was a coordinator of the project “Developing Astronomy Globally”, one of 11 corner-stone projects of the IYA2009.
Olga Atanacković is a member of the Astronomical Society "Rudjer Bošković", the Society of Astronomers of Serbia, European Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union and its two commissions: Commission No. 36 (Theory of Stellar Atmospheres) and Commission No. 46 (Astronomy Education & Development).
Since 2002 she is National Liaison of Serbia in IAU Comm. No. 46. From 2002 to 2005 she was a member of the Managing Board of the Society of Astronomers of Serbia and a member of the National Committee for Astronomy. From October 2005 to October 2008 she was the president of the National Committee for Astronomy.