Expo fair opens in Kalkara this weekend
Today between 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. as well as tomorrow morning it will be open to post-secondary and university students. Today it will be open to the general public in the afternoon and evening.
The aim of the event is to showcase research in Malta and promote related careers. This activity focuses on scientific research rather than science in general and is open to all individuals and organisations involved in scientific research. Case studies will be exhibited to give attendees the opportunity to witness tangible examples of ongoing research projects. Structured talks will be held to explain the local grants and scholarships and help students understand the career opportunities available.
It is hoped that this exhibition will further boost Malta's research initiatives and help reach the ambitious targets set for R&I (research and innovation) in Malta, set at an annual expenditure of around €43 million by 2010.
"This will come about through increased research investment in the private, public and educational sectors through various means," insists Brian Warrington, the CEO of the Malta Council for Science and Technology. "Some of it will be funded by industry, some through EU research programmes, and some through the EU Structural Funds. The latter will be a major contributor towards achieving this goal, and over €30 million have already been allocated to strengthening the research infrastructure at the University of Malta, contributing to PhD scholarships in science subjects and funding research in industry."
The council will contribute €600,000 towards research in manufacturing through an EU Structural Fund project and will allocate €700,000 to its annual National R&I Programme. It will also support increased participation in the EU's FP7.
For more information one may contact Karen Fiorini on 2360 2134 or [email protected].