Meet sci­en­tists and re­searchers at SCI­ENCE IN THE CITY

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Mal­tese sci­en­tists will be shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence with the pub­lic and an­swer­ing any ques­tions at the Casino Mal­tese (Re­pub­lic Street) dur­ing the CERN, ALICE and the Uni­verse pre­sen­ta­tions at Sci­ence in the City fes­ti­val on Fri­day 30 Septem­ber. CERN is the largest ma­chine in the world and it is si­mul­ta­ne­ously the hottest and cold­est place on Earth. CERN has a num­ber of de­tec­tors or ex­per­i­ments that help make sure its dis­cov­er­ies are some of the sound­est dis­cov­er­ies on the planet. This event is a mix of live video stream and dis­cus­sions start­ing at 6.00pm. The event is free of charge.

The Univer­sity of Malta has a solid re­search part­ner­ship with the ALICE ex­per­i­ment at CERN, which tries to recre­ate the con­di­tions which ex­isted in the Uni­verse right after the Big Bang, known as Quark Gluon Plasma, by col­lid­ing highly en­er­getic par­ti­cles to­gether. In the live in­ter­ac­tive video stream with CERN sci­en­tists, one can learn how the LHC ac­cel­er­ates and col­lides highly en­er­getic par­ti­cle beams, and how the physi­cists work around the clock in or­der to take mea­sure­ments of the col­li­sions. Vis­i­tors will get a chance to ask ques­tions to the CERN sci­en­tists in Malta at the 10pm Malta meets ALICE ac­tiv­ity.

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Ar­chae­ol­ogy (Re­pub­lic Street) will be host­ing two 30-minute ac­tiv­i­ties on con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion of paint­ings for chil­dren at 7.00pm and at 8.00pm. These would be fol­lowed by two other ac­tiv­i­ties for adults at 9.00pm and 10.00pm fo­cus­ing on restora­tion of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts. The Mu­seum will also be open to vis­i­tors, en­trance will be free of charge.

Chil­dren and adults alike can also en­joy in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to fa­mous sci­en­tists and in­ven­tors at the EU Cor­ner set up by MEUSAC at the City’s en­trance. They can also meet re­searchers to get to know about their lat­est find­ings.

More re­searchers will be meet­ing the pub­lic at the Sci­ence Fair be­tween City Gate and Or­di­nance Street. Re­searchers will be avail­able at the health and rare dis­eases area, while at the DNA for life stand, sci­en­tists will show how ge­net­ics is be­ing used to bat­tle a host of dis­eases. Vis­i­tors will be able to ex­tract DNA and see how it is sep­a­rated and stud­ied. Re­searchers and stu­dents will be in the area for a chat in the hands-on sta­tion and for ca­reer ad­vice. To sup­port these stud­ies a Malta BioBank will be avail­able to store sam­ples for re­search around Europe.

The mo­bile den­tal clinic (Fac­ulty of Den­tal Surgery + RIDT) will be in Or­di­nance Street as part of its na­tional sur­vey on oral health while pro­vid­ing ad­vice and den­tal care for free.

Also, at the Sci­ence Fair, the In­sti­tute of Space Sciences & Astron­omy (ISSA) will be set­ting up an in­ter­ac­tive stand and ex­hi­bi­tion to demon­strate the prin­ci­ples be­hind Ein­stein’s the­ory of Gen­eral Rel­a­tiv­ity. This does not end here, as they will also ex­plain how this the­ory has been tested in the last cen­tury, in­clud­ing through in­trigu­ing phe­nom­ena such light bend­ing, grav­i­ta­tional lens­ing and grav­i­ta­tional red shift.

The best of Malta Café Sci­en­tifique brings the most ex­cit­ing talks of this pop­u­lar se­ries to Sci­ence in the City, at the Mu­sic Room, St James Cav­a­lier. At 7.30pm Mike Rosner will dis­cuss “Ma­chine Learn­ing X’inhu?”. At 8.30pm, Dr Janet Mif­sud and Dr Anna Mi­callef will dis­cuss Brain Os­cil­la­tions in Epilepsy. Dr Aaron Mi­callef will fin­ish off from 9.30pm on­wards talk­ing about the deep sea fresh­wa­ter reser­voirs found around the Mediter­ranean.

Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night, Sci­ence in the City is or­gan­ised by a con­sor­tium led by the Univer­sity of Malta, the Malta Cham­ber of Sci­en­tists, and the Univer­sity’s Re­search Trust (RIDT) to­gether with a num­ber of part­ners.

It is mainly funded by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Re­search and Innovation Frame­work Pro­gramme Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014–2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ac­tions and recog­nised as a Fes­ti­val by Europe for Fes­ti­vals and Fes­ti­vals for Europe (EFFE). Sci­ence in the City is sup­ported by the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, Innovation, Youth & Sport, Univer­sity Re­search Trust (RIDT), Jugs Malta, Stu­dio 7, MEUSAC, MCST, Val­letta Lo­cal Coun­cil, MCAST, PBS, Notte Bianca, Spazju Kreat­tiv, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, and Gen­eral Soft drinks with Coca Cola. The pro­gramme can be viewed on www.sci­en­ceinthecity.org.mt or fol­low the fes­ti­val on Face­book for reg­u­lar up­dates: www.face­book.com/ScienceInThe Ci­tyMalta.

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Ar­chae­ol­ogy (Re­pub­lic Street) will be host­ing dif­fer­ent ses­sions on con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion of paint­ings for chil­dren and for adults

The CERN Large Hadron Col­lider will shown in live video streams and dis­cus­sions at the Casino Mal­tese (Repu­bic Street)

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