European Meeting on Pharmacy Education hosted by the University of Malta The 2005 Annual Conference of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy is being organised in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta.  The conference will be held between 9 and 12 March at the Le Meridien Phoenicia.  The theme of the conference is ëPartnerships in Education:  Science and Practiceí.  Three areas of partnerships in pharmacy education have been identified for the plenary sessions:  partnerships with pharmaceutical industry, partnerships between Europe and USA in pharmacy education, and partnerships in the hospital and community pharmacy setting and with other health professionals.    Professor Pavel Zgaga, from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and member of the Board of the Bologna Follow-Up Group will be addressing the conference on the challenges for higher education brought by the Bologna Process.  Speakers at the conference include Dr Peter Kielgast, Immediate-Past President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Dr Flora Giorgio, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Dr Peter H. Vlasses and Dr Michael J. Rouse from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education of the United States of America, Dr Umberto Filippi from the Association of the European Self-Medication Industry, Professor David Cousins nominated delegate from the Council of Europe, Professor Vincenzo Tortorella, University of Bari, Italy and Dr Sam Salek, Cardiff University, UK.  During the conference, sessions on pharmacoeconomics in the pharmacy curriculum, quality assessment of pharmaceutical education, development of skills in detecting, managing and preventing pharmaceutical errors will also be held.

During the conference 39 papers submitted from 24 institutions will be presented while the 53 final year pharmacy students at the University of Malta will be presenting a poster on their project.  Over 120 delegates from 29 countries and pharmacy students are participating at the conference.  Actavis is the main conference sponsor.  The Actavis Group is a  leading player in the development, manufacture and sale of high-quality generic pharmaceuticals.  Founded as Pharmaco in 1956, and previously operating under different names such as Balkanpharma, Pharmamed, Delta, Omega Farma and UNP, the company is now one of Europeís biggest producers of generic products and an expert supplier of pharmaceutical intellectual property.  Actavis Group employs over 7000 people in 25 countries, including 300 highly skilled employees in Malta.  The conference is also supported by Malta Enterprise, Air Malta, AstraZeneca, Servier, Colgate-Palmolive, Go Mobile, Indigo Bookshop, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Health, the Institute of Health Care, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Malta, Le Meridien Phoenicia, Agenda Bookshop, Marsovin, Chemimart, Kinnie and Farsons, A. M. Mangion, Alfred Gera & Sons.

The President Edward Fenech Adami is the patron of the conference and the University Rector Roger Ellul-Micallef is the honorary president.  The official opening of the conference will take place at the University church in Valletta followed by a reception at the Palace in Valletta.  Pharmacy students and their friends  in collaboration with the Junior College of the University of Malta are participating in the organization of the cultural and  social aspects of the conference.  Those interested in participating or sponsoring this conference please contact Dr Lilian M. Azzopardi email: lilmaz@maltanet.net or tel 21 344 971.