The Institute for Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) was set up in 2014 with members from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and ICT. ISSA explores and develops observational and theoretical facets of new physics. We are working in a number of collaborations that cross the globe, as well as building up in-house infrastructure for a broad range of disciplines such as supercomputing capacities and new theoretical physics.
This a fast growing Institute with many new members, and with several events and outreach programs upcoming. We also have a number of publications and academic courses.
Our aims are:
- to promote research in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology as an interdisciplinary subject amalgamating science, engineering and ICT;
- to promote synergies between Faculties, Institutes and Centres in the teaching of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology at the University, including supervision of dissertations in relevant areas;
- to promote the scientific method in engineering, science and ICT projects;
- to conduct research in engineering and ICT solutions for large science experiments including CERN and the SKA;
- to collaborate with individuals and institutions, both local and foreign, including Oxford, Cambridge and MIT;
- to raise public awareness in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, through public talks, evening courses and observing nights in conjunction with the Malta Astronomical society;
- to teach Engineering and ICT skills within a scientific environment at a postgraduate level including both taught Masters course and PhD.