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Dr Paul Pace

Prof. Paul Pace B.Ed. (Hons), M.Ed., Ph.D. (Bradford), is the Director of Centre for Environmental Education & Research. He has been active in education for sustainable development (ESD) as chairperson of Malta’s National Education for Sustainable Development Strategy, founder of the Malta Association of Environmental Educators and as a researcher at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta where he is a full time associate professor in ESD and science education. Appointed EkoSkola National Co-ordinator for Nature Trust (Malta) and the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Programme National Co-ordinator, he is the vice-chairperson of the Interdiocesan Commission for the Environment of the Maltese Archdiocese. He was involved in several local and foreign projects aimed at the development of curriculum material for ESD and science. He works actively with teachers in the implementation of sustainability policies in schools. A former teacher of biology, he was involved in several science examination boards and served on the National Curriculum Framework Review committee and the National Science Strategy committee.

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Vince Caruana was born on the 10 April 1967. In 1991 he obtained an honours degree in Education from the University of Malta, specialising in Physics and Mathematics. Three years later he obtained a Diploma in Political Studies from the same University. Subsequently between 1995 and 1998 he studied Environmental and Development Education, obtaining an M.Sc. through London South Bank University. In 2013 he successfully completed his doctoral degree focusing on education for sustainability, in particular among adults, youth and community. Vince is currently a full-time lecturer at CEER - Malta's University Centre for Environmental Education and Research.  For the past 28 years he has been very active in the Social and Development NGO scene, both locally and at a European level. Vince is an established mentor and trainer of various Civil Society Organisations, and is also experienced in project management, monitoring and evaluation. He is also a member of the President's Foundation for the Well-Being of Society.

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Alexandra Mifsud obtained an honours degree in education from the University of Malta in 1991. She pursued her studies in education and was awarded an M.A. in Environmental Education from Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is also an accredited trainer in Edward de Bono’s thinking programmes for education and industry. She worked within the Education Division for twelve years, where she obtained considerable experience in designing and facilitating seminars for secondary school students on healthy eating and environmental protection. She was responsible for education and training on waste management for various sectors of Maltese society. She has often integrated Edward de Bono’s thinking tools in waste management training programmes. Since joining Friends of the Earth, Malta in 1994, she has campaigned extensively, locally and internationally on waste management, home composting, sustainability and tourism. Through her voluntary work for this NGO, she has discovered the need to integrate the Edward de Bono thinking skills to environmental issues in order to explore alternative solutions and improve policy planning and practice. In fact, she has embarked on a Ph.D. in education for sustainable development at London South Bank University where she is researching ways of how thinking skills can be incorporated in environmental education programmes in the formal and informal educational sectors. 

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Mark Mifsud was born in Pieta in 1971. He studied at the Upper Lyceum G.F. Abela and at the University of Malta where he graduated with a B.Ed. (Hons) specialising in Biology, in 1993. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management in 1994 and an M.Sc. in 1996. Mark furthered his studies with a Post Graduate Certificate in Ecological Modelling from the University of Catalunja, Spain, in 2003, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for Sustainability from the University of Southbank, London, in 2004, and was awarded a Diploma in EcoBuilding Design from SBAC College in 2005, UK. Mark was awarded a Ph.D. in Education for Sustainable Development from the University of Bath, UK in 2009. He achieved Chartered Biologist status (CBiol) UK in 2000, Chartered Environmental Scientist status (CEnv) UK in 2005 and Chartered Science Teacher status (CSci Teach) UK in 2008. Mark is also a certified wildlife photographer. Mark is a full time lecturer at CEER, where he lectures various environmental units and carries out research within the area of sustainable development and environmental education. Previously he lectured Environmental Science at University Junior College for over fifteen years, and was seconded as co-ordinator of policy to the Minister of the Environment and Rural Affairs for two years. Mark is also a scientific tutor on a Masters Degree in Intercultural-EcoManagement with the University of Ca Foscari, Venice. He has published books, a number of academic papers and presented his work at international conferences within the broad area of environmental education. He is an international reviewer for the Academic Journals Environmental Education Research and The International Journal of Science and Environmental Education. Mark is a member of the National Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC), the Park tal-Majjistral Board, the president of the Verdala School Council and a member of a number of MATSEC Science examination boards. He is also the national contact point for the SEASERA European Research Network and is a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Education and Communication (IUCN CEC).

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Patrick Galea has graduated with first class honours in Youth and Community Studies in 2008. He obtained a Masters with distinction in Sociology in 2011 and has recently completed a Diploma in Design Foundation Studies. Patrick has been employed at the University of Malta since the year 2000, occupying various grades and posts within the administrative stream. He joined CEER in 2016 as a full-time research support officer II and is responsible for managing CEER’s Fawwara ESD Centre, and supporting CEER in its projects, activities and research initiatives. Patrick’s main interests are permaculture, sustainable gardening, environmental sociology, and social movements.

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Last Updated: 6 November 2017

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