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Follow guidelines and trusted advice during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Malta Chamber of Scientists has been following the global and local developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber would like to express solidarity with and thank all biomedical scientists and pathologists who are conducting their duties in laboratories in Malta, all healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists who are on the frontline, as well as the Superintendence of Public Health, the Ministry for Health, and the management of our hospitals and health centres.

Research is vital to prepare for such pandemics. Advances and investment in research, science and technology have brought about the quality of life and health care that we presently enjoy. Researchers around the world collaborated to develop the tools that rapidly identify the virus and allow its detection in patients as well as help understand its spread. Investment in novel healthcare solutions and management has allowed some countries to mitigate several problems caused by COVID-19. Many of these countries suffered from the SARS-CoV outbreak in 2003, which has aided with their preparedness for the current pandemic. Crucial to this effort is research and development (R&D), which requires long-term planning and funding. The Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine recently remarked that vaccines cannot be developed without appropriate funding, in response to Donald Trump’s request to speed up the development of a vaccine. To ensure the continued prosperity of the Maltese population and economy, the Chamber wishes to likewise reiterate the need for continual and increased investment in science and R&D in Malta.

The Chamber also encourages citizens to follow the guidelines and advice issued by health authorities. Check updates daily. The main aim now is to decrease rapid infection through social isolation to reduce the likelihood of large numbers of severe cases requiring hospitalisation, hence ensuring everyone receives adequate care. The Chamber urges people to remain alert and check that any information they follow or share is scientifically grounded. One good source is Scientists and medical and healthcare professionals are the primary source of sound advice on dealing and managing the current situation.

‘Escape Malta’ turns kids into researchers

Are you someone between the age of 14 and 18 who loves both games and science? In early September, the University of Malta will be hosting an immersive role-play game that combines the two! Dubbed ‘Escape Malta’, it builds on escape room style experiences that ask players to solve a series of puzzles in order to move through a storyline and physically escape the room.

In this event, players will take on the role of a university researcher aiming to find the reason behind – and then escape from – a fictional public health crisis. The puzzles will cover a range of STEM fields such as biology, maths and computer science and allow kids to discover their inner scientist.

Some of the highlights include the programming of a simple robot, and learning how Google finds the quickest routes across a network of roads. Do you want to find out how this ties into the story? Then sign up via and pass this on if you know someone wanting to be part of the next generation of scientists!

Escape Malta is part of the EU wide STEAM (funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union) and CREATIONS (funded by the Horizon2020 Framework of the European Commission) projects.

Call for Applications: Xjenza Editor-in-Chief

Xjenza Online is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief, for a term of 5 years, beginning January 2017. The first issue under the direction of this editor is expected to be Volume 6, Issue 1 (June 2018). There is no financial compensation associated with this position. There is however an opportunity for a powerful and enriching experience at the helm of one of Malta’s most prestigious inter-disciplinary scientific and academic journals.

Apply by 31 July 2017 via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rare Disease Day 2017

The Malta BioBank/ and the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta once again organised the third national colloquium on research in rare disease. This year, the event took place on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 8.00pm at the Auditorium of the ICT Faculty at the University of Malta.

The Colloquium was held with the support of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Prof Godfrey LaFerla and the Director of the Centre of Molecular Medicine and BioBanking, Prof Richard Muscat. The Hon Chris Fearne, Minister for Health and Ms Michelle Muscat, Chairperson of the Marigold Foundation and President of the National alliance for Rare Diseases Support were also present. The event also enjoyed the support of the Malta College of Family Doctors.

The event provided an opportunity for researchers and experts in various fields to present their research on a number of rare disorders. Some of these initiatives are being funded by the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University. The colloquium seeks to generate more awareness on such rare disorders to the public at large.

This event was supported by Vivian Corporation representing Pfizer, Shire and BioMarin in Rare Disease Research.

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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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