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The Institute of Earth Systems is made up of two divisions: the Division of Environmental Management and Planning and the Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems.

Also part of the Institute of Earth Systems are the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD), and the Mediterranean Operational Centre for CEDARE (Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe).

Research interests and areas of specialisation of the Institute's resident, visiting and affiliate academics are listed in their profiles, accessible via the list of staff members, and we welcome queries from prospective students and from researchers interested in collaborative projects.

The Institute is also a founding partner of the I-Land Observatory and Interpretation Centre – discover Earth Systems, located in the Ta’ l-Għasfura area of Mġarr. In collaboration with the HSBC Malta Foundation and the Mġarr Local Council, Malta’s first centre for integrated natural and cultural heritage management was set up withing the Kunċizzjoni ta’ Calumia Barracks and Searchlight Emplacement. The Centre aims to provide a public space within the Maltese Islands for social-ecological purposes, to meet multiple objectives including nature conservation and ecological restoration, providing a recreational area for the general public and furthering education and interpretation relating to Maltese heritage.