In this article, we meet Hana Melicharova from AgentFly who participates in both projects, RefMap and ImAFUSA. As a part of our campaign “Women In Aviation Science”, she answered our questions, such as how she got involved in the projects, which roles she has undertaken, and the importance of women's leadership in her field. Let’s read what she had to say.
Can you introduce yourself and describe your role within the ImAFUSA & REFMAP project? What sparked your interest in joining these projects?
My name is Hana Melicharova and I am a member of AgentFly Technologies where I’m actively involved in the creation of a UAS traffic simulation tool, facilitating a comprehensive assessment of its potential impact on the aviation landscape.
Women's contributions to science are significant and valuable, and their presence in STEM fields is crucial for advancing our understanding of the world.
Write a quote that summarises your opinion about “Women in science”.
Women's contributions to science are significant and valuable, and their presence in STEM fields is crucial for advancing our understanding of the world. Their unique perspectives and experiences can enrich scientific research and foster a more diverse and inclusive scientific community.
In your role within ImAFUSA & REFMAP, how do you contribute to the project's mission?
I contribute valuable insights and expertise to the development of the projects’ proposed framework and indicators, ensuring that they align with the objectives and provide a robust basis for evaluating UAS integration.
Harness your inspirations, your passion for making a positive impact, and your desire to shape a better world.
ImAFUSA & REFMAP may have women in leadership positions. Can you share your perspective on the importance of women holding leadership roles in projects like this?
The significance of women in technology leadership is undeniable. For far too long, women have been underrepresented in the technological sphere. While progress is being made, the numbers remain disappointingly low. The presence of women in successful consortia enhances our reputation as valued partners, attracting more research groups to collaborate with us on new projects.
How has your involvement with the 2 projects contributed to your professional growth and skills development?
My engagement in the two European projects has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of urban aviation, honed my research and analytical abilities, refined my project management and communication skills, boosted my self-assurance and assertiveness, and fueled my enthusiasm for this groundbreaking field.
What message or advice would you like to share with women who aspire to work in this scientific field, especially those interested in making a positive impact on the environment?
Harness your inspirations, your passion for making a positive impact, and your desire to shape a better world. Let these driving forces propel your research and guide your journey toward scientific achievement. Simultaneously, cultivate an inclusive atmosphere for women in science. Acknowledge the subtle yet prevalent forms of gender bias within us and actively work to dismantle them, fostering equality and equity within your scientific community.