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November 2016 - Mediterranean Marauders

Up to a few years ago, 24-7 monitoring of our seas was not possible as data collection followed certain protocols that involved direct sampling in the field that consisted of SCUBA diving or on board vessels or through human-mediated instrument deployment.

The ‘operational’ aspect of marine monitoring was unheard of. There has been a sea change since the days of traditional sampling at sea, with a plethora of contraptions, ranging from the smallest, such as water temperature data loggers which record water temperature every hour round the clock for five consecutive years, to the largest, such as permanent moorings of gliders which embark on a pre-programmed itinerary of hundreds of kilometres involving dives down to 1000m followed by surfacing.

The contemporary marine scientist toolbox reserves yet another trump card...that of citizen science, which is increasingly being used to track elusive phenomena such as alien species introductions in our waters and the blooming of jellyfish species. Prof. Alan Deidun will take us through a broad-brush itinerary through these innovative marine monitoring techniques.

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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.

Download the press release here.

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Xjenza Online - Vol. 4 Issue 1 - July 2016 Out Now!

Xjenza Volume 4, Issue 1 - July 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.