Committee for Research Engagement

Committee for Research Engagement

The Committee for Research Engagement has been set up to:

  • establish and formalise guidelines for engaged research with societal actors and implement actions towards this aim
  • support cohesion, synergy and co-responsibility among different actors, such as students, researchers, academics, technical and administrative staff, involved in the process of research and innovation at UM
  • connect, coordinate and facilitate the flow of information on existing research engagement activities happening in different departments, centres, institutes and schools at UM
  • collaborate with relevant UM entities, especially those dealing with gender, equality, diversity, communications, doctoral students and ethics, on research engagement practices
  • advise the Senate and Council on measures to foster a culture of research engagement at UM
  • monitor developments on research engagement policy and impact, in line with national, EU and international standards.

Term of Appointment:
1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024

Composition of the Committee


Rector or delegate – Professor Inġ. Simon Fabri


Director of Doctoral School

Director for the Research Support Services

Director of the Corporate Research & Knowledge Transfer Office

Director of the Marketing, Communications and Alumni Office

Chair, UREC

Rector’s delegate for STEM popularisation

Two academics with expertise in Engaged Research and/or Responsible Research and Innovation, nominated by the University Senate:
Professor Maureen Cole
Professor Clare DeMarco

Mr Carlo Mifsud (appointed by Council)

Mr Andrea Cuschieri (Student Representative) - up to 30 September 2024

Two External Stakeholder Representatives chosen by the CRE Board, and rotating bi-annually to be selected from among the following agencies/units:
National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) – Government
Senior Director Strategy, Research & Technical Affairs of the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) – Government
Director of Esplora or EsploraNatura – Public engagement organisation Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) – Civil Society
Ministry for Education and Employment – Government Valletta Design Cluster – Civil Society
Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry – Economy
Director of Malta Business Bureau – Economy
The Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) – Media