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Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020

The project commenced on 1 June 2015 with the first project meeting and workshop being held in Copenhagen from 29 September 2015 to 2 October 2015

The academics involved in this project are Professor Sandra Dingli and Dr. Lisa Pace

The project coordinators are:

The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark (also known as Fonden Teknologiradet)

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CIMULACT is a Horizon 2020 project with partners in 30 European countries.

You are invited to participate in the project’s online survey. Click here. This should take approximately 20 minutes. The survey allows you to voice your opinion on the direction of research scenarios for the future of Europe.

CIMULACT involves a highly participatory process where the hopes, dreams and fears of over 1,000 European citizens are being developed into research scenarios for the future of Europe. The project is expected to provide a unique contribution to future European research and innovation policy and funding priorities, thereby enhancing responsible research and innovation in the EU.

Thank you for your contribution to this project. Your opinion is valuable. Feel free to pass this information/link to anyone who you think may be interested in responding.

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Thank you for your time and your interest in our project. 




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(Updated: 11 October 2016)

On Saturday 8 October 2016, a workshop was held at The Corinthia Hotel in St. George’s Bay, St. Julians. This workshop is one of the thirty being held across 30 European countries for the CIMULACT Project (Horizon 2020) with the sole aim of refining future research scenarios which will be presented this December to the European Commission.

“We are very delighted that our workshop managed to attract this much attention in the Maltese community. This is a testament to how much the Maltese society cares about the future of not only our country, but the rest of Europe,” says Prof Sandra M. Dingli, associate professor at the Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta.

This bottom-up approach to policy-making took off in late 2015 with a first round of workshops in EU countries. During these workshops, the hopes, fears, dreams and concerns were condensed into visions of what they wanted to see in a future Europe. In Malta, this workshop took place on Saturday 5 December 2015 in Valletta. These visions were then transformed into Research programme scenarios with the combined effort of citizens, stakeholders, researchers and policy experts at an international meeting in Milan in March 2016, with representatives from all over Europe, including Malta.

The second consultation phase is where the co-created research programme scenarios were tested, validated, enriched and prioritised with two tracks: face-to-face consultations in all 30 countries and an online consultation. The face-to-face consultation took place in Malta on Saturday 8 October 2016. An online consultation in the form of a survey is taking place concurrently and can be accessed here: until Wednesday 19 October 2016.

The result from these two methods will be a set of Science & Technology issues and recommendations which the citizens find most important for their future. From the validated and prioritised scenarios, a set of policy options, possible research calls topics, and recommendations will be extracted.

The Malta partner for the CIMULACT Project is The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta and is one of the twenty-nine partners involved in the project, which is led by The Danish Board of Technology Foundation in Denmark.

The initial topics selected for Malta were:

  1. Equality: Digital inclusion
  2. Unity and Cohesion: No one left behind
  3. Citizenship awareness: Empowered citizens
  4. Holistic Health: Access to equal and holistic health services and resources for all citizens
  5. Holistic Health: Promoting wellbeing through relating environments
  6. Harmony with Nature: Top trending: at one with nature
  7. Personal Development: Meaningful research for community
  8. Sustainable Economy: Learning for society
  9. Sustainable Energy: Smart energy governance
After a first round of voting, 5 of these topics were selected and further refined. In the end "Citizenship awareness: Empowered citizens" and "Harmony with Nature: Top trending: at one with nature" were selected to be presented to The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (Denmark).







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CIMULACT - Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020
(Updated: 15 March 2016)

The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta is a partner in CIMULACT, a challenging project where the views of citizens from thirty European countries will feed into the next Horizon 2020 call.
Citizens have contributed to the project by communicating their hopes, fears and dreams at workshops held in thirty countries during December 2015 and January 2016. These visions, including the six visions generated in Malta, may be accessed at:


The two editions of the CIMULACT newsletter (published December 2015 and March 2016) and the ‘inspirational magazine’ may be accessed at:  

You may register to receive the newsletter at:

Follow CIMULACT Malta’s activities through Facebook:

CIMULACT Meeting and Workshop, Politecnico di Milano, Bovisa – 19-22 April 2016

A meeting for the CIMULACT – Horizon 2020 project was held in Milan, Italy on the 19 and 20 April 2016, followed by an intensive, two-day workshop on the 21 and 22 April 2016 to identify future European research scenarios. Two representatives from the Edward de Bono Institute, Professor Sandra M. Dingli and Ms. Daniela Azzopardi attended the meeting and the workshop. An expert on Family Studies, Professor Angela Abela, and Alison Ann Meilak, as a representative citizen of Malta, participated in the workshop.

Twelve social needs were discussed during the workshop: Equality, Holistic Health, Sustainable Food, Life-long Processes, Strengths-based Education and Experiential Learning, Personal Development, Harmony with Nature, Green Habitats, Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Energy, Unity and Cohesion, and Citizenship Awareness and Participation. Over 100 participants made up of project partners, experts and citizens from all over Europe worked together on building future research scenarios based on the twelve social needs. 




Policy Brief, Issue 1, April 2016.



The adoption of a bottom-up approach where citizens develop visions for the future of Europe is one of the aims of CIMULACT, a Horizon 2020 funded project with 29 partners in 30 European countries. As a partner in this project, The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta organised a workshop for citizens on 5 December. ‘It was interesting to watch 38 people from different backgrounds and age groups discuss their hopes, fears, concerns and dreams for the future and to see them collaborating to generate six visions for the future of Europe’ said Professor Sandra M Dingli who conducted the workshop, assisted by some University of Malta Masters students. 

Similar workshops are being conducted in 30 European countries with the involvement of over 1,000 citizens. A total of 180 visions will emerge through this democratic participatory process. Each vision will reflect the hopes and wishes of European citizens for a better future for themselves and for future generations. 

CIMULACT engages citizens and stakeholders in order to co-create research agendas that are based on the visions, needs and demands of society. At a later stage, additional stakeholders including policy makers, scientists, research communities, NGOs, futurists and technical developers will be involved in the project. Through a participatory process, dialogue and shared understanding will be fostered amongst a variety of actors who have an interest in the shaping of the future of Europe’s research agenda.

The aims of this Horizon 2020 project are quite challenging and ambitious. They include promoting the engagement of the public in the identification of desirable sustainable futures through responsible research and innovation, setting a new standard for public participation through the development, testing and assessment of methods for citizen engagement and making the building of the future more realistic through a wide and democratic public conversation with citizens and other stakeholders. For further information contact

For a copy of this information in Maltese, please click here
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Participants during the citizens visions CIMULACT project workshop

Exams Timetable Semester 2

Please click here to download the Examination Timetable for Academic Year 2016/7 - Semester 2

NEW Diploma in Gozo

We are very pleased to announce that our Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be offered at the University of Malta – Gozo Campus for the first time in October 2017. Please click here for further details.

World Creativity and Innovation Week

Between Saturday 15th and Monday 24th April, the Institute celebrated World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) together with thousands of people in over 60 countries around the world. For further details click here.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017

Edward de Bono Institute Director Dr Leonie Baldacchino and Department of Management resident academic Dr Nathaniel Massa, both from the University of Malta, recently joined delegates from 173 counties at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in March 2017.

Master in C&I Student at Climate-KIC Course in Spain

Steven Diacono, who is reading for a Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, recently attended an 'Innovation Catalyst’ course, ‘Fostering Professional Skills for Circular Economy Transition - A Systemic Approach to Water Management’ in Valencia, Spain.

Master in Creativity and Innovation Timetable

Please click here to access the Master in Creativity and Innovation timetable for Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 2.

Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Timetable

Please click here to access the timetable for the part-time evening Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 2

Optional Study Units Timetable

Please click here to access the Optional Study Units timetable for Academic Year 2016-17 - Semester 2.

Institute student attends short course in Valencia

In December 2016, Fiona Anderson, who is reading for a Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, was selected to attend a short course entitled 'Making Change Happen: Business Models for Climate Change Technologies and Innovation' in Valencia, Spain.

Last Updated: 17 October 2016

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