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The Faculty of Science will be organising the following activities in the Marquee

Sunday 26 October

1100hrs - 1200hrs 
Botanical Tour around the University
tour by Dr Sandro Lanfranco, Department of Biology
meeting point: Biology Stand

1115hrs - 1215hrs
What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?  
demonstrations by Mr William Hicklin and Dr Jackson Said, Department of Physics

1200hrs - 1300hrs 
Botanical Tour around the University
tour by Dr Sandro Lanfranco, Department of Biology
meeting point: Biology Stand

1230hrs - 1300hrs
From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
demonstrations by Mr James Ciarlò, Department of Chemistry

1300hrs - 1400hrs 
Botanical Tour around the University
tour by Dr Sandro Lanfranco, Department of Biology
meeting point: Biology Stand

1400hrs - 1500hrs
Botanical Tour around the University
tour by Dr Sandro Lanfranco, Department of Biology
meeting point: Biology Stand


What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?
demonstrations by Mr William Hicklin and Dr Jackson Said, Department of Physics

1515hrs - 1545hrs
From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
demonstrations by Mr James Ciarlò, Department of Chemistry

1545hrs - 1700hrs
 
DIY Science
hands-on and simple experiments by the Science Students' Society - S-cubed

Monday 27 October

1000hrs - 1045hrs
What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?
demonstrations by Mr William Hicklin and Dr Jackson Said, Department of Physics

1045hrs - 1120hrs 
From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
demonstrations by Mr James Ciarlò

1120hrs - 1145hrs
Scientist in Training
by the Science Students' Society - S-cubed

1145hrs - 1200hrs
Quakes and Shakes

demonstrations by the Seismic Monitoring & Research Unit (SMRU)

1200hrs - 1300hrs
Across Continents: Bird Migration (talk and demo)

by the Department of Biology

Tuesday 28 October

1000hrs - 1015hrs
Cooking Tumors Inside You
demonstrations by the Electromagnetics Research Group

1015 - 1045hrs
From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
demonstrations by Mr James Ciarlò, Department of Chemisty

1045hrs - 1130hrs
Discover Science Faculty
tour of the Laboratories at the Faculty of Science by the Science Students' Society - S-Cubed

1130hrs - 1200hrs
Auxetics… the more you stretch them the fatter they become
talk and demonstrations by Professor Joseph Grima and Mr Luke Mizzi of the Metamaterials Unit

1200hrs - 1300hrs 
Interesting Plants (talk and demonstration)
by the Department of Biology

Wednesday 29 October

1000hrs - 1045hrs
What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?
demonstrations by Mr William Hicklin and Dr Jackson Said, Department of Physics

1045hrs - 1115hrs 
From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
demonstrations by Mr James Ciarlò, Department of Chemistry

1115hrs - 1130hrs
Space: What’s Malta doing up there?
talk by the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy          

1130hrs - 1145hrs
Quakes and Shakes
demonstrations by the Seismic Monitoring & Research Unit (SMRU)

1145hrs - 1200hrs
Cooking Tumors Inside You
demonstrations by the Electromagnetics Research Group

1200hrs - 1300hrs
Dinosaur Dig (talk and demostration)
by the Department of Biology

Thursday 30 October

1000hrs - 1015hrs

1015hrs - 1030hrs
 
Malta's Underwater Landscapes
talk by Dr Aaron Micallef

1030hrs - 1100hrs
Auxetics… the more you stretch them the fatter they become
a talk and demonstrations by Mrs Michelle Vella & Dr Ruben Gatt of the Metamaterials Unit

1100hrs – 1145hrs
Tour of the Laboratories at the Faculty of Science
by the Science Students' Society - S-cubed

1200hrs - 1300hrs
Marine life under the microscope (talk and demonstration)
by the Department of Biology

Friday 31 October

1000hrs - 1045hrs
What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?
demonstrations  by Mr William Hicklin and Dr Jackson Said, Department of Physics

1045hrs - 1115hrs
Quakes and Shakes
demonstrations by the Seismic Monitoring & Research Unit (SMRU) 

1100hrs – 1145hrs
Discover Science Faculty
tour of the Laboratories at the Faculty of Science by the Science Students' Society - S-Cubed

1115hrs - 1130hrs
Climate Research: Is it too ‘hot’ to handle’
talk by the Climate Research Group

1130hrs - 1145hrs
1145hrs - 1215hrs
Auxetics… the more you stretch them the fatter they become
talk and demonstrations by Mr Roberto Caruana-Gauci & Dr Daphne Attard 

1215hrs - 1230hrs
Cooking Tumors Inside You
demonstrations by Electromagnetics Research Group

1230hrs - 1330hrs
Predators of the Sea/Jellyfish (talk and demostration)
by the Department of Biology


Chemistry

From Breaking Bad to Breaking Everything
Chemistry has a bad reputation amongst students for being difficult and boring. The aim of this show is to display the wonders of Chemistry, from brilliant colours to powerful explosions, in order to explain some basic concepts of the subject in a fun and easy way. 

Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is organising the following talks:

Are lotteries a tax on innumeracy?
How many tickets must you buy in order to be certain of a share of first prize? At Eur2 per ticket is it worth it? And how many tickets must you buy in order to be certain of sharing at least the second prize (guessing 4 out of 5 numbers)? Why is it that geometry can help answer this type of question?
talk by: Professor Josef Lauri
on Monday 27 and Wednesday 29 October
1000hrs - 1030hrs
venue: KSU Common Room
maximum no: 50 - 60 students

Latin Squares or How to Use Math to Test Video Games
talk by: Professor Karen Meagher
maximum no: 50 - 60 students
on Tuesday 28 October 1000hrs - 1030hrs in the KSU Common Room
on Thursday 30 October 1100hrs - 1130 in Room 1 Engineering Building (EB1)
talk by: Professor Karen Meagher
maximum no: 50 - 60 students

From the Art of Counting to the Art of Colouring
on Friday 31 October
1200hrs - 1230hrs
venue: KSU Common Room
Talk by: Dr Peter Borg
intended audience: age 14 upwards, ideally post-secondary level
maximum no: 50 - 60 students

Physics  

Space: What’s Malta doing up there? 
The Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) is a new institute at the University of Malta, having members from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and ICT. ISSA explores, and develops observational and facets of new physics. The Institute is working with a number of international collaborators as well as building in-house infrastructure for a broad range of disciplines. The problems focused upon range from probing the very nature of gravity to mapping the distribution of dark matter in the Universe through the bending of light by gravitational lensing and further on to building the next generation of telescopes capable of seeing the more exotic objects on the sky.

What is Science? What can it teach us about the World?  
Science not only gives us information on how the world works, but also a way of finding out new things about it. From the infinitesimally small world of quantum physics to the immensity of astrophysics, through the scientific method we can learn how everything from nanoparticles to gigantic galaxies move and evolve over time. The basic steps of the method are very straightforward, first identify a mechanism or system that we do not understand, next brainstorm with as many possible explanations as possible and finally test each one out against a real experiment to try to find out which one correct, if any. The stand will show a number of seemingly simple but interesting concepts that feature in our everyday lives and show what happens in the extreme. For example what happens when a tube with a loud speaker and full of gas is set on fire?

Why can't we be in two places at once? Quantum mechanics at the University
When scientists started looking at how small things behave, they saw something odd. Atoms, which are the building blocks from which everything is made, can pass through two holes at the same time. They can also be in two places at the same time! This is all thanks to the wonderful world of quantum mechanics.
Here in Malta, Dr Andrè Xuereb conduct research on why big objects, like you, do not show this bizarre behaviour. Neither you nor him can pass through two doors at the same time, or be in two places at once. Scientists like him try to discover why this happens, and how large something can be and still obey the laws of quantum mechanics.

Quakes and Shakes
Our Earth is an exciting and dynamic planet with a wide variety of physical processes to explore, and a number of questions to answer, such as: How long has Earth existed? How do we know what the inside of the Earth is like? Why is the core of the Earth made of molten iron? What did the face of the Earth look like 200 million years ago? Why do earthquakes and volcanoes happen only at some places on the earth’s surface?  What makes a really big earthquake?  Why do some buildings collapse in an earthquake and others do not?  What’s happening a few kilometres beneath our feet in the Mediterranean?  This presentation will explore some of these questions with slides, demonstrations, and hands-on  activities, that will make you want to learn even more about our wonderful planet.

Climate Research: Is it too ‘hot’ to handle’ 
Climate Change has become a buzz-word nowadays and is often associated mostly with the policy makers. The aim of this talk is to explain the concepts involved in Climate Research in an easy way, and most importantly describe how it effects Malta and the Mediterranean Region.

Malta's Underwater Landscapes
With an area equivalent to 240 times that of the archipelago, the Maltese seafloor is an extensive and complex landscape waiting to be discovered. This talk will take the participants on a journey from the Maltese coastal waters to depths exceeding 4000m, revisiting landscapes explored using the latest mapping technology, such as underwater caves, cliffs, avalanches and canyons.

Cooking Tumours Inside You
The microwave oven is one of the most widely used household appliances and it uses microwaves to generate heat. Nowadays the same source of energy used by microwave ovens can be applied to heat up diseased cells in the human body causing total cell death. The Electromagnetics Research Group will give a demonstration entitled Cooking Tumours Inside You.


S-Cubed - Science Student Society

DIY Science 
A series of hands-on and simple experiments in which the visitors can participate.

Scientist in Training
A talk about student life at the University of Malta, with information about entry to the course, studies and extracurriculars during the course, as well as possible job prospects and fields on graduation. 

Discover Science Faculty
The Faculty of Science tour will start off at the S-Cubed Zone in the Marquee. Participants will be given a tour of the buildings that house the Faculty of Science with brief stops at the lab sessions and on-going lectures.


Statistics

Statistics Talk for 'O' Level Students
An introduction to the B.Sc. Statistics and Operations Research course will be given, and the job opportunities the course entails. This will be followed by an interactive talk on Statistics and will be concluded by a video on Operations Research.

The session, by Professor Liberato Camilleri and Mr David Suda, will be held on Wednesday 29 October from 1200hrs to 1300hrs in LAB602, Maths & Physics Building.


Statistics talk for 'A' Level Mathematics Students
An introduction to the B.Sc. Statistics and Operations Research course, and the job opportunities the course entails. This will be followed by an interactive talk on Statistics and will be concluded with a talk showing how statistics and probability can be used to predict stock market behaviour.

The session, by Professor Liberato Camillerii, Mr Jaromir Sant and Mr James Cook, will be held on Thursday 30 October between 1100hrs and 1200hrs  in LAB602, Maths & Physics Building.

Operations Research for 'A' Level Students
The session, by Mr Glenn Farrugia, Mr Jeremy Tua and Mr Luke Bartolo, will be held on Friday 31 October between 1100hrs and 1200hrs in LAB602, Maths & Physics Building.


Metamaterials Unit

What happens when you pull a rubber band? It gets longer and thinner as you stretch it. Now, imagine a material that can do the exact opposite and becomes fatter as you stretch it! Get to know about this at the session 'Auxetics… the more you stretch them the fatter they become', a talk and demonstrations by the team of the Metamaterials Unit.

Physical Oceanography Unit

Catching the submerged beauty of the Maltese Islands
on film - the PANACEA underwater documentaries

Screening of one of the 3 acclaimed PANACEA underwater documentaries which have been viewed by a broad audience on youtube, followed by a short briefing by executive producer DrAlan Deidun on techniques used and marine species encountered during the same filming.

The sessions will be held on Monday 27 and Thursday 30 October at 1000hrs and last 50 minutes. The target audience is ideal for students from Form 3 upwards.


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Fun Run
A Fun Run/ Walk and Relay will be held on Sunday 26 October ...
 
 
Last Updated: 17 October 2014

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