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Board of the Institute of Earth Systems

According to its statute, the Institute of Earth Systems is governed by a Board which meets regularly to discuss the Institute's affairs, to formulate the policy of the Institute, and to supervise its activities and administration.

This Board consists of members of the academic staff, both from within the Institute and from other University departments, as well as up to two elected representatives of the Institute's students. The current composition of the IES Board is as follows:

Prof Godfrey Baldacchino 

Director of the Institute, and Coordinator of the Division of Environmental Management and Planning
Prof Louis F Cassar

Coordinator of the Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems
Prof Everaldo Attard

Head of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD)
Prof Anton Micallef

Council Appointee
Ms Joyce Farrugia

Senate Appointee
Dr Ing. John Charles Betts    

Academic Staff Representatives
Dr Charles Galdies, Dr Anthony Sacco 

Scholars of Repute
Prof Juanito Camilleri, Prof Alex Felice, Prof Paul J Pace, Prof Frank Ventura

Board meetings for the current academic year are scheduled for 4 December 2019, and 6 February, 26 May and 9 September in 2020.

The Institute also has a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) composed of scholars of repute appointed by the Board. SAC members are drawn from the scientific community both locally and abroad, and play an advisory role, in that they may be consulted from time to time on matters pertaining to their areas of competence. The SAC is currently composed of the following members:

  • Dr Leonard Mizzi BA (Hons) (Malta), MSc (CIHEAMMontpellier), PhD (Reading) is Head of Unit R4, dealing with inter-institutional issues, within the Directorate-General for Agriculture & Rural Development of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he was the Director of the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) in Brussels. Dr Mizzi is an agricultural economist with interests in agriculture and food security, food and nutrition policy, and the agrifood sector.
  • Prof Stephen Morse BSc, MSc, PhD (Reading), PhD (Southampton) holds the Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability at the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. He has a background in applied biological science, and has broad research and teaching interests spanning both the natural and social sciences.
  • Prof Allan T Williams BSc, PhD, Dip Ed, C Eng, C Sci, MIMMM is Emeritus Professor at Swansea Metropolitan University and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). His research interests include geology and geomorphology, with a special interest in coastal processes and beach management.

Boards of Studies

A Board of Studies is appointed by Senate for each of the courses run by the Institute. Each Board may also contain up to two student representatives elected from and by the students currently reading for that degree or diploma

The MSc (EMS) is an International Master's degree of the University of Malta, and is offered as a double degree programme taught in collaboration with James Madison University (JMU), Virginia, USA.

Co-Chairs: Prof Robert Kolvoord (JMU), Prof Joseph M Cacciottolo (UM)
JMU Program Director: Prof Maria Papadakis
UM Course Coordinator: Dr Elisabeth Conrad
Members: Prof Louis F Cassar, Prof Jonathan Miles
Student Representatives:  Mr Daniel Owoc, Ms Melissa Rusinek

Master of Science in Natural Environment and Resources Management

Chairperson: Prof Louis F Cassar
Course Coordinator: Dr Charles Galdies
Members: Prof Godfrey Baldacchino, Dr Elisabeth Conrad, Dr Belinda Gambin, Prof Anton Micallef
Student Representatives: Mr Martin Caruana, Ms Maria Stella Portelli

 Master of Science (Rural Sciences) 

Chairperson/Course Coordinator: Prof Everaldo Attard
Members: Dr George Attard, Dr Mauro Buttigieg, Prof Louis F Cassar, Mr Tony Meli, Prof David Mifsud, Dr Anthony Sacco

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Earth Systems

Chairperson: Prof Louis F Cassar
Course Coordinator: Dr Belinda Gambin
Members: Prof Godfrey Baldacchino, Dr Elisabeth Conrad
Student Representatives: Mr Jake Farrugia, Ms Yanika Farrugia

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mediterranean Agro-Ecosystems Management

Chairperson/Course Coordinator: Prof Everaldo Attard
Members: Dr George Attard, Dr Mauro Buttigieg, Prof Louis F Cassar, Mr Tony Meli, Prof David Mifsud, Dr Anthony Sacco

Diploma in Agriculture

Chairperson: Prof Everaldo Attard
Course Coordinator: Dr Anthony Sacco
Members: Dr George Attard, Dr Mauro Buttigieg, Mr Tony Meli, Prof David Mifsud

Student representation on Institute Board

Election date 14 November 2019

Academic Calendar 2019/2020

Important dates for the current academic year

Lecture timetables for September 2019

First semester timetables now available

IES Student Handbook

September 2019 version available for download

Student Athlete Support Programme

IES Sport Mentor for 2019/2020

Academic Excellence Award 2019

Presentation of certificates to outstanding students

B.Sc. (Hons) in Earth Systems - an overview

Video presentation of the course

Last Updated: 16 October 2019

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