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Feb 2017 - Girl, Interrupted


Every one in four people experience mental health problems sometime in their life. The film Girl, Interrupted tells the story of teenage Susanna Kaysen, who is checked into a psychiatric hospital after suffering suicidal actions. Here she meets Polly, Georgina, Daisy and Lisa who are also suffering from mental health problems. The film shows Susanna’s interactions with her new-found friends that changes from sweet to confrontational. It also documents lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

CineXjenza aims to spark discussion on science-related topics raised and questioned in films. Following the screening of Girl, Interrupted a discussion will be initiated on Mental Health including eating disorders, schizophrenia, depression and OCD.

The event will be held on Wednesday 15th February at 19:00 pm at the Cinema Room, St James Cavalier. Snacks and refreshments will be served during the discussion.

CineXjenza is supported by the STEAM Summer School project funded by the Erasmus+ of the European Union. It is run by the Malta Chamber of Scientists, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and S-Cubed - Science Students' Society

February 2017 - Tuning in to Space

Humans have an infinite fascination in the Universe. The world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), will revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. It will be composed of tens of thousands of antennas, thousands of dishes and will generate enough data to fill 30,000 DVDs every second.

The SKA will span thousands of kilometres, spread across Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. The Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) are developing part of the software infrastructure which will make this happen.

The data generated by the antennas and dishes needs to be processed in real-time, on different types of hardware, so that scientists can then analyse and interpret it. The hundreds of thousands of components making up the SKA need to be monitored and controlled in real-time as well, such that any malfunctioning part can be replaced, making sure that the data chain is not affected as much as possible. This is not a simple task, and both custom hardware and software elements are being prototyped for this. When built this telescope will be capable of observing all the galaxies in the universe. The question remains…will SKA help us see how the universe started?

Dr Alessio Magro and Dr Andrea Demarco will talk about our quest to discover what’s out there on the 1st of February in the Cinema room at Spazju Kreattiv at St James Cavalier in Valletta at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7.15pm).

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Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project funded by the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership, Sammy's by Culinary Forward Malta, St. James Cavalier for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).

Poster thanks to Rowena Caruana.

Science Policy in Malta: The Knowledge Economy

"Malta must act now to bring science within everyone’s reach, raise the next generation of problem solvers, support Maltese research at every level, and invest in RD&I for a high-value sustainable economy."

The Malta Chamber of Scientists is concerned that science is not being given its due importance in Malta. This document outlines an inclusive vision for a cohesive science policy that will impact positively across the Maltese economy and will help ensure its continued prosperity. By identifying key issues and proposing solutions, this document provides a blueprint for the future of science in Malta.

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Xjenza Online - Vol. 4 Issue 2 - December 2016 Out Now!

Xjenza Volume 4, Issue 2 - December 2016

Xjenza is the Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists and is published by the Chamber in electronic format. Xjenza is a peer-reviewed, open access international journal. The scope of the journal encompasses research articles, original research reports, reviews, short communications and scientific commentaries in all fields of science.

After receiving a bit of a face lift we are pleased to announce that the second issue in the New Online Series has just been published and currently available as open access. The full Journal can be downloaded here, or you may wish to access individual articles here.