Newspoint - University of Malta - University of MaltaFahrenheit scholarship for Phd students<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Fahrenheit scholarship for Phd students" /><div> The Fahrenheit Union of Universities in Gdańsk, consisting of the University of Gdańsk, the Medical University of Gdańsk and Gdańsk University of Technology, in cooperation with the Mayor of Gdańsk has funded three prestigious scientific scholarships, named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, for the best doctoral students from abroad. Young scientists who are preparing their doctoral thesis at a foreign university, are authors or co-authors of a scientific publication and want to pursue their scientific interests at one of the FarU universities are encouraged to apply. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Applications are accepted until 15 October 2022. The candidates may apply <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The candidate for the research scholarship should meet the requirements below:&nbsp; </div> <div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <ol> <li>Holds citizenship other than Polish,&nbsp;</li> <li>Published or co-published a research publication,&nbsp;</li> <li>Prepares a doctoral thesis at a University outside Poland,&nbsp;</li> <li>Has been granted an invitation/ an agreement to join a research supervisor (an academic teacher) employed at one of the Fahrenheit Universities – the invitation or agreement must be confirmed by the proper Vice-Rector for Research.</li> </ol> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> You may find full regulations <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> More information about the main website of the Fahrenheit Union of Universities of Gdańsk and this Research Scholarship are available <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>. Interested applications who have any queries, could send an <u><a href="" target="_blank">email</a></u>.&nbsp; </div> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:52:15 +0200 funded project: BAC-OFF - Antimicrobial peptides <img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Antimicrobial peptides: project BAC-OFF Project" /><div> Following the success of project ACTIPEP which accomplished the production of a pure peptide hormone using fusion protein technology, the similarly MCST-funded program BAC-OFF seeks to do deliver results for the production of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). While ACTIPEP was carried out with the funding from a research excellence program grant (REP-2020-001) and the expertise of <a href="" target="_blank">Dr Brandon Seychell</a>, BAC-OFF is the result of an infectious disease program award (IDP.RD.2021-02) and will engage the assistance of <a href="" target="_blank">Ms Natalia Araujo</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <div> <p>Under the supervision of <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Gary Hunter</a> of the <u><a href="" target="_blank">Department of Physiology and Biochemistry</a></u>, these programs illustrate that the capabilities of protein expression and purification techniques can be applied to the production of native peptide constructs. For large scale production these methodologies will prove cheaper than existing methods. There are many documented peptide sequences which have been shown to have antimicrobial activity. Most are perfectly natural, humans themselves produce thirty-two different types of AMP which form an important part of our innate immune system. Two of these have been chosen for initial experiments in the BAC-OFF program. With the rise in microbial resistance to antibiotics, AMPs may well form part of the solution.<br /> <br /></p> <div> <p><em><strong>Project BAC-OFF</strong> financed by the Malta Council for Science &amp; Technology, for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology, through the Infectious Diseases Programme.</em><br /></p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:45:48 +0200 our Doctoral Alumni: a Doctoral School commemorative publication<img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="Celebrating our Doctoral Alumni - commemorative booklet " /><div> <div> In its efforts to celebrate five years since inception, the <a href="" target="_blank">Doctoral School</a> is producing a commemorative publication that draws on the research carried out by doctoral researchers. The publication will include the details as well as the thesis abstract of each doctoral alumnus/alumna since 2018. In order to do this and abide by GDPR rules, the Doctoral School needs permission to include the details of the doctoral graduates. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Should you wish to participate in this publication kindly complete the <a href="" target="_blank">Google form</a> &nbsp;by <strong>31 July 2022.</strong> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> If you have any questions or require clarifications contact the <a href="" target="_blank">Doctoral School</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">email&nbsp;</a> </div> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 12:28:13 +0200 book edited by Prof. Carmel Borg<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="New Book Published by Prof Carmel Borg" /><div> <em>‘Reimagining Parenthood in Diverse Contexts. A handbook of parent-centred approaches’</em> is the title of a new book edited by <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Carmel Borg</a>, Head, <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education</a>. The recently-published book has already been launched or presented in a number of cities in Europe, as <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Borg</a> continues with his European schedule of inspirational talks, keynote speeches, undergraduate as well as postgraduate teaching assignments, and seminar facilitation.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <p>The latest of <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Borg’</a>s engagements were at: the <strong>University of Patras, Greece</strong>, where he facilitated a seminar on <em>‘Social Justice and Early Childhood Education’</em>; <strong>Zuyd University, the Netherlands</strong>, where he delivered a keynote speech entitled <em>'Experiential Knowledge.Whose voice matters in academia?</em>’ and a seminar on '<em>Creating Opportunities in the Context of Disadvantage';</em> and the <strong>University of Bucharest’</strong>s Department of Sociology and Social work, Romania,&nbsp; where he facilitated a three-day seminar on <strong>‘Emancipatory Adult Education’.</strong></p> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 11:10:06 +0200 of Malta Chancellor receives 'The International Maritime Prize' <img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="IMO" /> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 25px; margin-bottom: 25px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 32px; color: rgb(20, 22, 36); font-family: Roboto, Arial, &quot;Noto Sans&quot;, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(245, 247, 250);"><a href="" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(47, 104, 161); background-color: transparent;"></a></p><pnoto><p><a href="https://"></a></p><p></p></pnoto><p><em>Photo: International maritime Organisation (IMO)</em></p><p>Outgoing Director of the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI),&nbsp;<a href="">Professor David Joseph Attard</a>&nbsp;and Chancellor of the University of Malta has been selected by the <a href="">International Marine Organisation (IMO)</a> Council&nbsp;to be the recipient of the International Maritime Prize for 2021. Professor Attard was nominated for the prestigious award by the Republic of Malta.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organisation, judged to have made a significant contribution to the work and objectives of the Organisation. It consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin and includes a financial award, upon submission of an academic paper written on a subject relevant to IMO.&nbsp;The Prize will be presented to Professor Attard at the awards ceremony.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In the nomination, the impact that Professor Attard has had on the maritime world, particularly via his three decade-long role at the international Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) was highlighted. The Maltese national was responsible for proposing, in 1987, together with the late Dr Joseph Fenech, former Maltese Parliamentary Secretary and Minister, the establishment of IMLI to then IMO Secretary-General C.P. Srivastava. During his tenure with the institute, Professor Attard has overseen the training of more than 1,000 maritime professionals from more than 150 States – many of whom have gone on to represent their countries as delegates to the various IMO bodies. This has contributed to capacity building in many regions and supported IMO's goals of promoting safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping through cooperation.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Professor Attard is also President of the Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes and is a judge for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He served as Special Adviser to IMO Secretary-General C.P. Srivastava, who was overseeing the development of a substantial international maritime legal framework to ensure safer shipping on cleaner oceans. In response to reported difficulties by many States in incorporating IMO instruments into national legislation due to a lack of local expertise in the field of international maritime law, Professor Attard proposed the establishment of the IMLI in Malta. The Institute was set up in 1988.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Initially serving as an advisor to the founding Director and an active teacher who crafted the Institute's first syllabus, Attard became a Member of the IMLI Governing Board in 1989. He was appointed Director of the Institute in 1992.&nbsp;The work of the Institute, with Professor Attard at the helm, has been recognised by various international bodies including the IMO Assembly, IMO's Technical Cooperation Committee and the United Nations General Assembly.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<br></p><p>Professor Attard currently serves as President of the Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes (since October 2020) and is a judge for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since 2011, having been Vice-President of the Tribunal (2017-2020). He has helped to establish a close cooperation between IMLI and the World Maritime University, another global training institution established by IMO.&nbsp;<br></p><p></p><pnoto><pnoto><pnoto><pnoto><pnoto><br><pnoto><pnoto><p></p></pnoto></pnoto></pnoto></pnoto></pnoto></pnoto></pnoto><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 25px; margin-bottom: 25px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 32px; color: rgb(20, 22, 36); font-family: Roboto, Arial, &quot;Noto Sans&quot;, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(245, 247, 250);"></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 11:01:18 +0200 will be offering new opportunities for FEMA students through collaboration with HSBC bank Malta <img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="hsbc" /><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc0096fc-7fff-b8c4-92da-11d48b23f683"></span> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc0096fc-7fff-b8c4-92da-11d48b23f683"></span></p> <p>The Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (<a href="">FEMA</a>) entered into a five-year collaboration agreement with HSBC Malta on Monday, 18 July. Forging a new long-term strategic relationship with the bank. Thanks to this collaboration, HSBC Malta will sponsor events involving invited international speakers who can share knowledge and experiences on several themes like: leadership, management, economics, international business, family business among others. These events will target current employees in a diversity of sectors, as well as FEMA students.&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>FEMA students will also benefit through paid traineeships during summer, intended to help students gain experience in real work, day-to-day settings in business areas like economics, management, marketing, risk management, banking, finance and accountancy. This agreement also sees the funding of a ‘Week in the life of Senior Management’ that will be awarded to the best three dissertations at the end of the MSc in Strategic Management and Marketing/Digital Marketing.The top three dissertations will also see their authors working with senior managers for a week at HSBC Malta helping new graduates experience leadership at work.</p><br /> <p>“This is a first step. The Faculty is determined to develop its relationship with HSBC further so that both parties can cooperate on other future learning and research opportunities.” said <a href="">Dr Emmanuel Said</a>, the Faculty Dean.</p><br /> <p><a href="">Prof Alfred J. Vella</a>, the University Rector added “Today we are responding to the Economic sector’s demands, and we want to train our students with the necessary skills and competences to serve the community and Country. At the University of Malta, students come first and our loyalty is towards them, therefore we believe that these experiences will enhance their future careers in so many ways.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Michel Cordina, Executive Director and Head of Business Development at HSBC Bank Malta said “Internships play a vital role in establishing professional aptitude, providing opportunities, and improving students’ personal character. Additionally, the framework of an internship helps students adapt their theoretical knowledge into practical skills via the hands-on experiences they gain in the corporate environment. HSBC Malta is enthusiastic about this collaboration with the University of Malta as it is part of our ongoing commitment to help young people acquire the skills they need to succeed.”</p> <div> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 10:08:30 +0200 Botanic Gardens and Resource Centre opens to the public <img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Argotti Botanic Gardens and Resource Centre opens to the public " /><p>Recently the <a href="" style="">Argotti Botanic Gardens and Resource Centre</a> (ABGRC) has opened to the public and consequently, every Tuesday, it is offering a guided tour of the garden that starts at 09:30 and ends at about 11:00.</p> <p>There is an entrance fee of €5, but this shall not apply to bona fide staff and students of the University of Malta. In this regard we are providing a drone view of the gardens for persons who have not had the opportunity to visit these gardens.</p> <p>The drone view provides an overall visual perspective that can only be surpassed by a visit to the gardens.</p> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 09:55:59 +0200 APS Summer Festival on campus starts today<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="APS" /><span id="docs-internal-guid-d30927b2-7fff-5577-0000-fcb66890894f"></span> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;text-align: justify;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d30927b2-7fff-5577-0000-fcb66890894f"></span></p> <p>The third edition of the APS summer festival is taking place on Quad! This year’s Festival will run from 20 July to 31 July 2022 at the University of Malta campus Quadrangle, Msida. Local Maltese artists will be performing every evening with a variety of dance, music and performances.</p> <p>The Festival is under the artistic direction of Ms Annalisa Schembri and in celebration of diversity and the magic of live entertainment, the Festival presents a line-up of acts and performances by headline artists. This evening the Festival will be opening its stage with the performance of a <a href="{" target="_blank">local indie-rock band - Beangrowers</a>.</p> <p>This Festival gives the opportunity to University to deliver something beyond education, that is culture, which is a big part of our University. On 27 July the stage will have a very special performance called <a href="{" target="_blank">Sineddoki | Synecdoche</a> (a figure of speech) meaning, a part is put for the whole and the whole for a part.&nbsp;</p> <p>This talented piece is the work of Refugee artists, <a href="" target="_blank">University of Malta School of Performing Arts</a> students and MCAST students from the Institute for the Creative Arts. The University of Malta School of Performing Arts Performance is entitled ‘Pearls of Malta – SPA Alumni Collective’. Emerging talents from students and alumni from the School of Performing Arts will stage a performance of dance and music. ‘Pearls of Malta’ presents energetic, physical, and provocative performances of the recent generation of graduates. Pearls are much admired and sought-after precious gems of the sea. ‘Pearls of Malta’ draws on the idea of searching for the precious stone to bring together a show that will uncover Malta-based performers. The show is curated and directed by Paula Guzzanti, Argentinean choreographer &amp; scholar, resident academic University of Malta.</p> <p>Featured artists are:</p> <ul> <li>20 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Beangrowers</a></li> <li>21 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">PUERTO FLAMENCO 'Entre Nosotros'</a></li> <li>22 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">The New Victorians</a></li> <li>23 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Qamar | Qabar Poetry in Sight &amp; Sound</a></li> <li>24 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Kantera</a></li> <li>25 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Children’s Festival Evening</a></li> <li>26 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Walter Micallef | SKALD</a></li> <li>27 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Sineddoki | Synecdoche</a></li> <li>28 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Cushion | ManaTapu</a></li> <li>29 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Gaetano Kanta: Kanzunetti mux tas-Soldi!</a></li> <li>30 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">A Clownerie experience: Companhia Palma &amp; Otto Panzer Show</a></li> <li>31 July - <a href="{" target="_blank">Sounds of the Mediterranean - The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (feat Gabriel Lia &amp; Matthias Camilleri)</a></li> </ul> <p>We look forward to seeing you on campus to celebrate Maltese talent and culture along with us. More information about the Festival can be found <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"></p><br /> <br /> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 09:17:32 +0200 TAMED: Games, TAMED, and AI Empathy<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="THINK PR: Project TAMED: Games, TAMED, and AI Empathy" /><div> Video games offer a unique opportunity for science due to their interactive nature. Players experience a broad variety of situations, provoking individual reactions and emotions — whether it’s excitement from a fantasy adventure or suspense from a horror game. But what if the game itself could adapt and change according to the player’s emotions? University of Malta’s (UM) <a href="" target="_blank">Institute of Digital Games</a> explores this possibility with the development of ‘affective computing’. Affective computing involves developing systems that can recognize, interpret, process, and predict human affect.<br /> </div> <div> <br /> <div> According to Dr Konstantinos Makantasis (key developer of TAMED and post-doctoral researcher with the Institute of Digital Games, UM), the vision is to “create methods for capturing and recognizing users' emotional states, which in turn can potentially be used by game designers to develop games that automatically adapt to users’ mood.” In addition to players' in-game behaviours, the project also uses data such as facial expressions and utterances that can be captured through a gaming device’s camera and microphones. </div> </div> <div> <br /> <div> While this kind of technology could have a huge impact on the gaming industry, Makantasis explains that there are other applications for his research that reach way beyond gaming, such as mental health and marketing.&nbsp; </div> </div> <div> <p><br /> <em>The full version of the article can be read in THINK Issue 38 or <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>. This edition focuses on Emotional Well-Being.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Author - Jan-Marc Bleck&nbsp;</em><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 08:26:18 +0200 international conference co-organised by a University of Malta academic<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="An international conference co-organised by a University of Malta academic" /><div> <div> <p><em>Photo : Professor Mallia introducing one of the speakers during one of the plenary sessions he moderated at ICICTE 2022 on Rhodes, Greece.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></em><br /> <br /></p> </div> <p>The International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (<a href="https://">ICICTE</a>) has been an annual fixture for twenty two years. It is held each year on a different Greek island, with ICICTE 2022 having been held in the first week of July 2022 on Rhodes.<br /> <br /></p> <div> <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Ġorġ Mallia</a>, Head of the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Media and Communications</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences</a>, has been one of the two co-organisers of the conference since 2018, though he had already been on the conference steering committee since 2008. Professor Mallia and his Greek counterpart, Nancy Pyrini, who also acts as conference director, bring together a relatively small, but highly professional and dedicated group of communications and education researchers from around the world in a three-day forum setting, there to network, discuss, present research, run workshops, and generally create an atmosphere conducive of academic discourse, exploring the technologies of teaching and learning. The conference also has a lavish social programme, creating plenty of room for informal interaction and the striking of friendships. In fact, many participants return to the conference year after year.<br /> <br /> <div> Professor Mallia, who has been attending the conference annually since it was first held in 1999, introduces and closes ICICTE, runs the Philosophers’ Cafè (a free for all discussion on issues brought up by keynotes and other presentations during the conference), and moderates sessions. He has also been the chair of the Scientific Committee for a number of years, and has acted as ICICTE Communications Coordinator for well over a decade, also creating all print and online materials. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Maltese participation has also been encouraged and has increased over the years. In fact, Junior College lecturer Mr&nbsp;<u><a href="" target="_blank">Neville Thomas</a></u> presented a paper about his own teaching technology research in this year’s conference.<br /> <br /> <div> ICICTE 2023 will be held on the island of Lesvos between the 6 and 8 July 2023. More information on the present and future conferences can be found <u><a href="" target="_blank">online</a></u>.<br /> <div> <p><em><br /></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2022 08:19:55 +0200