Project Idea

The idea of the project started up at the XXXI Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, which took place in Minsk, on September 9-15, 2018.  Dr. Helen Sharman – the first ever British astronaut, was among the attendees of the event. Professor Dr. Sergei Kilin, Vice Chairman of the NASB Presidium, was the major top official of the Academy to host the Congress. During one of the Congress sessions, Helen came up with a proposal to Sergei of having a try at creating a kind of Ad Hoc Network Platform where young scientists from Belarus and their peers from the UK might easily communicate; exchanging their points of view, experiences and endeavors; sharing the most disruptive ideas, which may well result in an exponential growth, moonshot projects; seeking true scientific partnerships for the future mutually beneficial collaboration within diverse provinces of human knowledge and expertise. The idea has been discussed at the Council of Young Scientists of the NASB and unanimously supported. A team of young scientists from the United Institute of Informatics of the NASB, led by Dr. Yuras Hetsevich, got right on the elaboration of the main instrument and platform for the network – an Internet site. During the visit of Dr. Sergei Kilin to London at the end of September, 2018, the project idea was discussed with the Ambassador of Belarus to the UK His Excellency Sergei Aleinik. At the same time, the project was presented to Deputy Head for Science and Innovation of Foreign & Commonwealth Office Dr. Emma Hennessey.   In either event, the project has been viewed favorably.