Science is fun, exciting and increasingly relevant in our daily lives. This is the message that will be conveyed during the first edition of “Science in the City”, on the evening of Friday 28th September, from 18:00 CEST onwards. Science in the City forms part of the pan-European event called Researchers’ Night. The public is invited to participate in several innovative and entertaining activities of science-inspired art, theatre, and music.
The activities will take place in Valletta, running from St. James Cavalier, through Merchant Street, past St John’s Co-Cathedral, into Republic Street, into St. George’s Square (Palace Square) and including the Chamber of Commerce.
This was announced by Professor Alex Felice, Project Coordinator Science in the City Festival, during a press conference held today (4 September 2012) at the Valletta Campus. Prof Felice said: “Science in the City is the first science and art festival to be held in Malta. For this evening, we are inviting children, young people and all the family to come to Valletta, meet scientists from the University of Malta as well as artists inspired by science, and participate in science-related activities in a fun and relaxed environment.”
“This series of activities is an opportunity to meet scientists and researchers and get to know what they are up to in their labs. Very few Maltese know what type of interesting and worthwhile research is being carried out in Malta and how this research can actually improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” continued Prof Felice
Wilfred Kenely, Chief Executive of the University’s Research Innovation and Development Trust, said: “This activity will also give us an opportunity to promote the newly set up Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT). As from this year, the University is seeking additional funds to expand its research studies. For research to prosper, we need the support of companies, institutions and private individuals. For this purpose, Science in the City will highlight the value and usefulness of science and research.”
Dr Edward Duca, Project Manager for Science in the City and Dr Alexiei Dingli, Valletta Local Council Mayor also addressed the press conference, which was attended by representatives from the partners involved in the project.
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