On 20-25 February Romania has hosted the first for the last few years National Symposium Criosfera 2013 in Piatra Neamt. APECS International and APECS Polska were invited to share opportunities and experience on how to establish the national committee of APECS in Romania. During this symposium we have explored an amazing history of polar research in Romania starting from Emil Racovita and remembered the great Romanian Polar explorer and scientist Teodor Negoita, who was also one of the most supportive APECS mentors and headed the first permanent Romanian research and exploration station in Antarctica, the Law-Racovita Station, which he established in 2006.
Our team consisted from Poland delegates – Maja Lisowska, Bartosz Lisowski, Michal Wegrzyn and from APECS Executive Committee - Yulia Zaika. We’ve met students and young scientists from different corners of Romania and have successfully started APECS Romania. A lot of interesting questions and discussions went our way and we hope that we answered all of them.
We want to thank our new friends and we hope they will become great mentors for those enthusiastic young scientists in Romania – Dr. Dumitru Murariu (Preşedinte Comisia Antarctică a Academiei Române), Constantin Lacatusu (Clubul Montan Român), Christian Lasku (Editor-in Chief, National Geographic Romania), Dr. Roxana Bojariu (Administraţia Naţională de Meteorologie), Dr. Petre Popescu (Institutul Astronomic al Academiei Române), Dr. Petru Urdea (Universitatea de Vest, Timişoara) and one of the most wonderful organizer we have ever met Stelian Grigore (Director of Casa de Culture Piatra Neamt)!
Last but not least, we have met an amazing teacher – Cosmina Dragomir, who is trying to explore the polar world together with school kids in Romania but more to come later…
We are looking for our further collaborations with Romania and are very much impressed with Romanian hospitality!