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Research Seminar 1 - October 5 2016
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From Individual to Collaborative Research: Starting your own journey with EU funded projects

Professor Joe Cannataci, Dr. Aitana Radu, Ms. Alexandra Attard

Can both Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Senior Researchers benefit from EU funding?

How does EU funding support individual researchers?

What is the world of collaborative research like? What are the advantages and challenges of inter-disciplinary collaborative research?

How do EU funding schemes fund collaborative research? Scanning the topics, reading your own subject into the topics and developing your own “killer ideas”.

How do you go about designing a collaborative project, pulling a consortium together and setting up the Project Architecture Team? Who do I go to for help?

These are just some of the questions that this seminar will address, using real life examples from research undertaken by MaKS in EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes in the areas of:
SSH - Social Sciences and the Humanities
SIS – Science in Society
SEC – Secure Societies


This seminar is being organised in direct response to requests from a number of members of staff who have never participated in an EU-supported project but wish to learn how to go about it. Members of staff are increasingly aware that, apart from the intrinsic worth of such research projects, the ability of members of staff to attract extra-mural research funding by designing and applying for such projects is also taken into account when applying for promotion. Post-graduate students are also welcome to attend.




Prof. Joe Cannataci holds Professorial appointments in Australia, Malta and the Netherlands. He is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences where he is head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance. He is a UK Chartered Information Technology Professional & Fellow of the British Computer Society with over twenty five years’ experience of designing, planning and implementing small, medium and large-scale IT and EU projects. His technical background since 1989 has included a very wide range of applications including designing and deploying direct banking, crime-recording and analysis systems for police forces and project management of IT projects and ICT systems valued at up to 100 million Euro. Professor Cannataci is also qualified as a lawyer and recognised as one of the leading European experts in IT law especially data protection law. His doctoral thesis on Privacy & Data Protection Law was published by the Norwegian University Press in 1987. Among other things, he was Chairman of several Committees of Experts of the Council of Europe in the area of ICT and data protection. He was also Rapporteur to the Council of Europe on the review of Recommendation R(87)15 on the protection of data used for police purposes which is the data protection standard applied to the Schengen Treaty. He has co-authored an in-depth review of this leading European legal instrument governing protection of personal data as used by police and in 2010 published the first study on privacy and smart surveillance systems. In 2002 he was decorated by the Republic of France and elevated to Officier dans l'ordre des palmes academiques. His pioneering role in the development of technology law and especially privacy law was cited as one of the main reasons for his being made the recipient of such an honour as was his contribution to the development of European information policy. He is globally recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on privacy: in July 2015 he was appointed as the United Nations first-ever Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and in June 2016 was the recipient of the Brandeis Award for Privacy in the USA. His most recent book Privacy and the Individual was published by Ashgate/Routledge in 2015.

A considerable deal of Joe's time is dedicated to collaborative research and he has served as Project Director or co-ordinator in various European projects since 1986. His most recent project co-ordinator roles within FP7 and Horizon 2020 include those for SEC projects like SMART and RESPECT dealing with various forms of surveillance and CARISMAND dealing with disaster management as well as SSH and SIS projects like CONSENT and MAPPING dealing with on-line consent, privacy and Internet Governance. Over the past eight years alone, since 2008 he has designed and successfully participated in – as Overall Scientific Co-ordinator or Work-Package Co-ordinator –  over forty million Euro worth of EU-funded collaborative research projects.

Dr. Aitana Radu is the Security Research Coordinator within the Department of Information Policy & Governance. Her research focuses on different aspects of security science, from violent radicalisation to intelligence oversight. After a term of service as an operational field officer in the security sector, Dr Radu spent six years as a researcher in the field of security and intelligence studies for the ‘Mihai Viteazul’ National Intelligence Academy, in Bucharest, Romania where she led the Security Policies Research Unit. Since 2013, Dr Radu has worked on several European-funded projects in both the design and implementation phases, working as Assistant Manager for research/training infrastructure development projects, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (INTELLISEC project), and under the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme – ISEC 2013 (ARMLET project). She has also worked as a researcher in H2020 projects, including the CITYCoP and CARISMAND projects. Dr Radu obtained her M.A. (Comparative Political Science) from the University of Bucharest with a thesis on democratic transitions in the Middle East, her M.A. in the Management of Intelligence Activities for National Security from the National Intelligence Academy with a thesis on the security risks posed by the radical Islamic discourse, and her PhD in Intelligence and National Security from the National Intelligence Academy with a thesis on the transformation of intelligence organizations. As a lecturer within IPG she is also responsible for part of the implementation of ESSENTIAL, the Joint PhD programme on Security Science through Networked Technologies, Information Policy and Law. 

Ms. Angie Aleksovski is the Senior Manager for the Pre Award phase. She provides financial assistance and support in Budgeting for project proposals as well as being responsible for performing financial reviews on Proposals and Agreements. She has graduated with a Masters in Knowledge Based Entrepreneurship at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation in November 2014.

Ms. Alexandra Attard is the Senior Manager for the Post Award phase within the Project Support Office at the University of Malta. She received a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics in 2005 and a Master of Arts in European Studies in 2010, both from the University of Malta. The Post Award team is responsible for the administrative and financial matters related to externally funded projects from contract award, to final reporting and post-closure. Before joining the University of Malta, Alexandra worked as an Economics Officer at the Economic Policy Department, within the Ministry of Finance whereby she worked on various EU and WTO trade policy issues.

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