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Physics Symposium (Discover University)

The talks will be divided as follows with the research group descriptions listed afterward

18:00 - 18:30: emrg
18:30 - 19:00: Climate Research Group
19:00 - 19:30: Indoor Air Quality and Atmospheric Flows
19:30 - 19:45: Break
19:45 - 20:15: SMRU
20:15 - 20:45: AACRP

Date: 8th November 2012

emrg (The Electromagnetics Research Group)

The Electromagnetics Research Group (EMRG) is a relatively new group in the Physics Department. The group’s focus is on measuring and modeling of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the environment, examining the biological effects of these fields as well as performing EMF exposures studies. This research will then lead to improved health and safety regulations, medical applications and electromagnetic compatibility.

Speakers: Lourdes Abdilla, Stephen Vella and Julian Bonello

AACRP (The Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Programme)

Astronomy and astrophysics in general has interested human kind for millenia and yet continues to offer new discoveries almost on a weekly basis. The Maltese Astrophysics Group focuses on three research topics in particular. On the cosmology side we study new theories of gravity and how they may explain the slightly ambiguous concepts of dark matter and dark energy. Working directly on data from numerous satellites and telescopes we are actively involved in looking for new astrophysical objects. Finally we also work heavily on the actual design of the new generation of telescopes by designing antennas and combining them together in various ways to maximise sensitivity and minimise their cost.

Speakers: Jackson Levi Said, Ian Fenech Conti and Alessio Magro

SMRU (The Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit)

Earthquakes constitute a major seismic hazard and are one of society's grave concerns. As urban centres grow, the risk of of damage and loss from earthquakes grows too. Yet, for the scientific community, earthquakes provide a fascinating insight into the way our planet works. The talk will cover a general discussion on earthquakes and their effects, and describe the activities and interests of the Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit.

Speakers: Pauline Galea and Sebastiano D'Amico

Computational fluid dynamics and atmospheric flows

In industrial countries such as Malta people spend around 90 % of their time indoors. Notwithstanding this, so far, most of the research on air quality has been focused on outdoor. It is only in recent years that research in indoor air quality has gained momentum. This talk is meant to provide an overview of the subject together with its challenges. The current research efforts carried out at the Department of Physics in this context will also be discussed.

Speakers: Denis Cutajar and William Hicklin


The Climate Research Group

Nowadays we hear so much about how the weather is apparently changing, if this is associated with climate change or not and how can this affect our lives. The Climate Research Group (CRG) in the Department of Physics is working on the improvement of weather prediction and climate models that are essential tools in trying to further understand how our atmosphere is changing.

Speakers: James Ciarlo' and Jason Padovani Ginies


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Last Updated: 31 October 2012

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