A science-trans­formed Val­letta

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

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 muchloved art in­stal­la­tion Light Pushes Stuff, funded by the Malta Arts Fund and Hy­brid Op­tome­chan­i­cal Tech­nolo­gies (Hot) project, “push­ing” LED bulbs with hand­held 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 science, lin­guis­tics, art his­tory, health and many other top­ics. Re­searchers held many one-to-one dis­cus­sions 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 Science in the City 2018!

The Science in the City fes­ti­val − Euro­pean Re­searchers’ Night is sup­ported by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Re­search and In­no­va­tion Frame­work Pro­gramme Hori­zon 2020 (H2020, 2014-2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ac­tions. The event is or­gan­ised by the Univer­sity of Malta, Malta Cham­ber of Sci­en­tists and the Re­search Trust of the Univer­sity of Malta, in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and In­no­va­tion, Jugs Malta, Stu­dio 7, Meusac, MCST, Es­plora, Val­letta lo­cal coun­cil, Malta Col­lege for Arts, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, PBS, BPC In­ter­na­tional, Notte Bianca, Spazju Kreativ, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, the AquaBioTech Group, the Cen­tral Bank of Malta, Waste­serv and a num­ber of other part­ners. The fes­ti­val has been recog­nised by EFFE in­ter­na­tional jury to re­ceive the EFFE La­bel 2017-2018.

At­ten­dees at the Science in the City fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­enc­ing nu­mer­ous at­trac­tions

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