A sci­ence­trans­formed Val­letta

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Over 28,000 peo­ple were es­ti­mated to cel­e­brate Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night at this year’s Sci­ence in the City fes­ti­val, mak­ing it the most suc­cess­ful event to date.

Thou­sands of chil­dren and adults played with the much-loved art in­stal­la­tion Light Pushes Stuff (funded by the Malta Arts Fund and Hy­brid Op­tome­chan­i­cal Tech­nolo­gies pro­ject), ‘push­ing’ LED bulbs with hand held torches rep­re­sent­ing new tech­nolo­gies be­ing de­vel­oped. Oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced Jazz for the Brain, which fused jazz mu­sic with neu­ro­science re­search aimed at mit­i­gat­ing stroke.

Count­less peo­ple met the hun­dreds of stu­dents from Malta’s higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, talk­ing about sci- ence, lin­guis­tics, art his­tory, health and many other top­ics. Re­searchers held many one on one dis­cus­sion about their work and the pos­si­bil­ity of a ca­reer in STEAM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Arts, Mathematics). To show that sci­ence im­pacts many other as­pects of our so­ci­ety, NGOs, in­dus­trial sci­en­tists and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees dis­cussed the ne­ces­sity of re­search to make their work ef­fec­tive.

The fes­ti­val will soon be open­ing calls for part­ners and pro­pos­als in the run up to yet an­other Sci­ence in the City 2018!

The fes­ti­val has been recog­nised by EFFE In­ter­na­tional Jury to re­ceive the EFFE La­bel 2017–2018.

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