The nature of Ebola and the possible strategies to be taken should the virus ever reach Malta were discussed by students participating in a recent session of the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF)’s Malta Student Science Forum.

The session was addressed by Dr Christopher Barbara, chairman, Pathology Department, who explained how Ebola attacks cells and organs.

The students interviewed Dr Charmaine Gauci and Dr Tanya Melillo from the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit regarding methods of preventing the virus entering Malta and contingency plans to be put into effect should the virus ever reach the island.

In previous debates held at the forum during the academic year, the students have discussed a wide range of topics dealing with diffent areas of science, including IT, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology and mathematics. During the course of the forum, participants not only learn about current science matters but also pick up crucial skills that are not taught in formal education institutions, such as public speaking, confidence, researching skills, analysis and presentation and debating.

The forum, which is open to post-secondary and tertiary students, has been running for over 20 years and the winners participate in the London International Youth Science Forum and the International Wildlife Research Week in the Swiss Alps.

Students who wish to join these free sessions in future may visit the website below.

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