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UGreenS Project Updated

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Perit Kevin Gatt from the Department of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure within the Faculty for the Built Environment has just attended a week-long workshop on Living Walls at the University of Seville as part of the UGreenS project which is funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme.  

This workshop was aimed at developing the training material that was to be used for training of Maltese and Cypriot professionals wishing to understand more about the concept of Living Walls.  This follows the attendance of another week long workshop at the Agricultural University of Athens where training material for Green Roofs was developed.  

The Faculty for the Built Environment will be running the Green Roofs training to professionals wishing to learn more on this subject on the 23, 25 and 26 September 2014.

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15 September 2014

Dr Michael Briguglio at International Sustainability Transitions Conference

Dr Michael Briguglio presented a paper entitled 'Climate Change and Environmental NGOs in European Malta' at the 5th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, which was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The conference focused on Impact and Institutions and featured a wide range of academics from different disciplines.

Dr Briguglio's presentation featured in the 'Governance' stream. More information can be obtained at


05 September 2014

Jean Monnet Occasional Paper Series, No. 9

The Institute for European Studies has just published the 9th paper of the Jean Monnet Occasional Papers series. The paper is written by Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim and entitled The roots of economic challenges facing Egypt in the aftermath of the 25th February revolution. The author discusses the roots of economic challenges brought to the forefront in Egypt in the wake of the revolution and how these challenges are expected to be tackled in the near future.

Other Occasional Papers published as part of the series can be found here


25 August 2014

Malta Review of Educational Research

Vol.8 no.1 of the Malta Review of Educational Research (MRER) has just been published. The international, electronic, fully-refereed, open access journal is available at

Vol.8 no.1 is a general issue, featuring five papers, two commentaries and three book reviews. 

Prof. Carmel Borg is editor of MRER as well as coordinator of the MRER project.


30 July 2014

Europe's World

Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 100-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.

Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s objective is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of genuine and informed political debates which reach beyond the Brussels village.

To date over 300 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.

Europe’s World’s newly extended website,, is designed to further promote debate on the policy challenges facing Europe. It spans articles and reactions to articles published in Europe’s World, but is not limited to the journal since it also features studies and reports from think tanks throughout Europe.

Its aim is to give readers direct access to the latest in policy thinking across the EU, and encourage visitors to submit their own reports and comment on any of the contributions featured on the website. 


06 November 2009

Scientists Map Underwater Cliff during CUMECS-2 Oceanographic Expedition

Contact: Dr Aaron Micallef

University of Malta 

Over 500 submarine canyons have been mapped along the Malta Escarpment during a recent oceanographic expedition. 

The CUMECS-2 expedition, comprising an international team of scientists led by Dr Aaron Micallef from the University of Malta, spent a week surveying a 250 km long underwater cliff offshore Malta and Sicily. The scientists used modern deep water acoustic technologies on board the OGS Explora to investigate seafloor at depths down to 4000 m and generate a detailed map of the entire Malta Escarpment. Operations on the ship continued day and night and had to battle with bad weather at times. 

The most impressive feature mapped was a large submarine canyon that has an area equivalent to eight times that of the Maltese Islands. There are indications that this canyon seems to be active and hosts tens of small recent landslides. Submarine canyons deserve further investigation and protection because they host a variety of biological communities, act as conduits for nutrients and pollutants, and control the exchange of water between the shallow and deep ocean.

The scientists also acquired a number of deep water geological samples that hold important information on past earthquake activity and climatic changes through time.

The next step of the project is to analyse these geological samples in the laboratory and compare the Malta Escarpment with underwater cliffs mapped elsewhere around the world. This will be made possible by a Fulbright Scholarship awarded by the US Embassy and the University of Malta.

The CUMECS-2 expedition was funded by an EU FP 7 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. The CUMECS-2 team consisted of scientists and students from the University of Malta, National Oceanography Centre (UK), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand), University College Dublin (Ireland) and Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica (Italy).

The CUMECS-2 expedition was followed by about 900 people from around the world via its Facebook page.

The large submarine canyon has an area equivalent to eight times that of the Maltese Islands


16 September 2014


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