25,000 hit Val­letta for Sci­ence in the City

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Thou­sands of fam­i­lies and peo­ple of all ages thronged into Val­letta on Fri­day evening to ex­pe­ri­ence a myr­iad of sci­ence ac­tiv­i­ties dis­play­ing the theme of the hu­man brain dur­ing the 5th edi­tion of the Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night, Sci­ence in the City, 2016.

It is es­ti­mated that around 25,000 peo­ple vis­ited the an­nual sci­ence fes­ti­val that in­cluded sci­ence de­bates, in­ter­ac­tive ex­per­i­ments, demon­stra­tions and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences to the play­ing of mu­sic and vi­su­als with the brain, mind games and new re­search in neu­ro­science. The fes­ti­val was also pep­pered with ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic, dance and theatre per­for­mances in­spired by the brain and the mind.

More than 60 re­searchers and 200 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Sci­ence in the City which also at­tracted over 50 part­ners in­clud­ing a good num­ber of NGOs, some from the men­tal health sec­tor.

The Prime Min­is­ter and Mrs Muscat vis­ited the Health and Rare Dis­ease Re­search area late in the evening where the Na­tional Al­liance on Rare Dis­ease and the Malta Bio-Bank were ex­hibit­ing. They came face to face with the re­al­ity of rare brain dis­ease in chil­dren.

An ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the re­search of the Malta Neuro-Sci­ence Net­work and other Neu­ro­Sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Malta, is open at the Par­lia­ment un­til the 6 Oc­to­ber. The ex­hibit also cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tion to Neuro-Sci­ence by four Mal­tese per­son­al­i­ties; Pro­fes­sor Louis Vas­sallo, Pro­fes­sor Ge­orge P. Xuereb, Dr. Lud­vic Zrinzo and Pro­fes­sor Ed­ward de­Bono for their pi­o­neer­ing work on brain sci­ence and neu­ro­logic dis­ease.

A pro­duc­tion about Neuro-Sci­ence re­search in Malta was shown on TVM, while the event unfolded in Valetta.

Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night, Sci­ence in the City is mainly funded by the Re­search and In­no­va­tion Frame­work Pro­gramme Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014–2020 of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ac­tions and or­gan­ised in Malta by a con­sor­tium that is led by the Univer­sity of Malta, the Malta Cham­ber of Sci­en­tists and the Univer­sity’s Re­search Trust. It is recog­nised as a Fes­ti­val by Europe for Fes­ti­vals and Fes­ti­vals for Europe (EFFE).

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