Event: 31st October / 1st November 2017, Romania
In connection with the Science Centre project proposed by the Buzau Rotary Club, Dr Kass was invited to deliver a series of inspirational lectures in Buzau Romania. The first lecture was at the renowned Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu National College, while the second was at Bioterra University.
The Interactive Science Centre (Centru Științific Interactive) or Science Explorer project is foreseen to be one of a kind for Romania, and possibly, if successful, for Europe; it is the dream of Lucian Alexandru Salcutan, president of the local rotary club.
The centre will house not only scientific demonstrations for pupils and students, but will also incorporate a research facility, facilitating students and scientists to work together on projects encompassing innovative scientific and technological applications that contribute towards improving the world in a sustainable manner.
Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu National College is considered the most important high school in Buzău, Romania. It was named after the Romanian scholar and historian Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeum, in fact, born in Russia (1838), who was a writer and philologist, who pioneered many branches of Romanian philology and history. The school, founded in 1867, is the oldest state-funded high-school in Buzău. The entire school body, pupils and teachers, attended the presentation in the main hall, overflowing the capacity, filling not only the seating, but also the steps up the aisles in the main auditorium.
On the same evening Dr Kass addressed some residents of Buzau at a science-based town-hall meeting on the same evening (31-Oct). The next day he addressed the students of Bucharest’s Bioterra University Buzau campus - Universitatea Bioterra din Buzău (agriculture mgmt. & food products) (1-Nov). Classes were cancelled in the afternoon in order to allow the entire body of students and professors to participate at the lecture.
In his lectures, Kass described how he followed his dream of participating in human spaceflight missions, reaching the goals of his dreams. He encouraged the pupils and students to follow their dreams as they seek to proceed professionally; he also drew the comparison to the dream of the science centre project. “A dream can only come true, if it is dreamt in the first place”, he concluded.