Tuesday, October 31, 2023, prof. Mihai Emilian Popa, PhD, director of the Doctoral School of Geology of the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics of the University of Bucharest, received the Doctor Honoris Causa distinction from the University of Petroșani.
The ceremony was attended by prof. Eng. Sorin Mihai Radu, PhD, Rector of the University of Petroșani, assoc. prof. Eng. Nicolae Pătrășcoiu, PhD, President of the Senate, assoc. prof. Eng. Csaba Lorinț, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Mines, and by the members of the Senate, the teaching staff and students at the University of Petroșani.
The collaboration between the University of Petroșani and the University of Bucharest is a long-standing collaboration, at all levels of scientific research and teaching activities, especially between the faculties of Mines and Geology and Geophysics, sister faculties, deeply related by their geological profile.
Prof. Mihai Emilian Popa, Phd, has carried out field activities in the coal mines of the Jiu Valley together with his doctoral students, Dr. Roxana Pirnea and Dr. Alexandru Călin, together with undergraduate students of the faculties of the two universities. The plant fossils collected from the coal mine were handed over to the University of Petroșani in order to organize a palaeobotanical museum. The fossil plants of the Petroșani Basin represent a true symbol of the Jiu Valley by virtue of their carbon-generating character, the coal layers representing the basis of the local economy for over 150 years.
The close collaboration with prof. Eng. Grigore Buia, PhD, assoc. prof. Eng. Csaba Lorinț, PhD, and assoc. prof. Eng. Ciprian Danciu, PhD, from the University of Petroșani facilitated the activities of research, preparation and preservation of palaeobotanical material. The result of these activities is, in addition to the published scientific articles and Dr. Roxana Pirnea’s doctoral thesis, an important collection of fossil plants that will be presented to the public. The collection also has a significant patrimonial character, considering the rarity of these fossils, their degree of preservation, their scientific, educational and aesthetic reputation.