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A ~EUR500K grant awarded to Dr George Azzopardi

A ~EUR500K grant awarded to Dr George Azzopardi

Vacancy: Ph.D. Candidate on Machine Learning with application to Animal Breeding

Dr George Azzopardi from the ICT faculty has been awarded a ~EUR500K grant from the STW-Breed4Food Partnership program in the Netherlands. The project that is called ‘SMARTBREED - Smart animal breeding with advanced machine learning’ is in collaboration with the University of Groningen and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate on machine learning with application to animal breeding.

The selected candidate will be registered at the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Groningen and will receive a salary. The supervisors will be Prof. Nicolai Petkov and Dr George Azzopardi.

More information about the vacancy is available online.


06 October 2015

25 Years of HOB: Problem Solving Competition

HOB Software Ltd. is celebrating its 25th year in Malta. Its core competence is in secure software solutions which are researched and developed by a close-knit, team of highly qualified software developers.

1. Specifications

This competition involves a number of stages in which your knowledge and problem solving skills will be tested. Each stage will be revealed once you’ve completed the previous one. There are no shortcuts!

In the final stage you will find the winning phrase which must be sent via email to, together with your name and surname.

Whoever sends the email with the winning phrase first wins!

2. Key Dates and Prize

a. The first stage will be made available for download on 25 September 2015 through our Facebook Page

b. Solutions will be published on 9 October 2015, when the competition ends

c. A prize of €200 will be awarded to the first person that sends the correct winning phrase

3. Eligibility

The competition is open to the general public, except to HOB Software Ltd. employees. Any indication that an employee has helped a participant will result in immediate disqualification.

4. Contact Us

a. Telephone number: +356 2224 2241

b. For further information visit our Facebook page: “HOB Software Malta”

Good luck!


25 September 2015

Info Day Horizon 2020: European Funding for SMES (2 Oct.)

Horizon 2020 Info Day


24 September 2015

Vacancies: ESPON 2020 - GIE LERAS (Deadline: 29 Sept.)

The ‘Groupement d’intérêt économique – Luxembourg European Research and Administration Support’ based in Luxembourg is recruiting new permanent staff members to build a small international team to support the secretarial function of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure in Luxembourg as ESPON Certifying Authority of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme. In this respect, the following job advertisements were published:
  • Senior Expert in Management support and coordination related to the ESPON Managing Authority
  • Senior Expert in Financial management and control related to the ESPON Managing Authority
  • Senior Expert in Financial control and certification related to the ESPON Certifying Authority
  • Administrator (50% part-time) Administration, finance and communication related to the ESPON Managing Authority
  • Administrator (50% part-time) Accountancy, financial control and certification related to the ESPON Certifying Authority
Deadline to apply is 29 September 2015 at 1600hrs.

For more details visit the ESPON website.


23 September 2015

Call for Abstracts: The Role of Psychology in Maltese Society (Deadline: 30 Sept.)

The 2015 Department of Psychology conference
in association with
‘The Role of Psychology in Maltese Society’

Friday 13 November 2015

Call for Abstracts
The 2015 Department of Psychology Conference, in association with BetaPsi, aims to provide a forum for local researchers, practitioners, and other professionals to present and share their work with colleagues from industry, academia, and government. The theme chosen for this year’s conference is The Role of Psychology in Maltese Society.

Abstracts for oral presentations relating to the theme are invited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, psychosocial wellbeing, psychopathology, social and family wellbeing, social policy, workplace psychology, and community and sociopolitical development. Papers with relevance to the local context are particularly encouraged. Presentations can include empirical as well as theoretical papers, and submissions from students, academics, and practitioners are equally welcome.

Abstracts are to be submitted by the 30 September 2015 to Gottfried Catania. Please include the following information:
  • name and brief biosketch (50 words maximum)
  • title
  • short abstract (300 words maximum).


09 September 2015

Call for Abstracts: Falling Walls Lab (Deadline: 14 Sept.)

Falling Walls Lab

Applications are invited from academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines for participation in an innovative scientific format for young researchers – the Falling Walls Lab. Participants will get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, innovative project or idea with peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business. Each presenter will have 3 minutes on stage.

The Falling Walls Lab MALTA is hosted by the University of Malta and takes place in the Auditorium at the Valletta Campus on 23 September 2015 at 1800hrs.

Applications can be made through the website. The application deadline closes by Monday, 14 September 2015.

The Falling Walls Lab is a non-profit series of scientific conferences, which aims at building and fostering interdisciplinary connections between young researchers. It takes place globally throughout the year. The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on 8 November. It is closely connected to the annual and international renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 9 November. At the Conference 20 world-renowned scientists from around the world will present their current breakthrough research answering the question: 'Which are the next walls to fall?'

The most inspiring presenter at the Falling Walls Lab MALTA will qualify directly for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin. The Falling Walls Foundation will cover the accommodation costs for 8-9 November in Berlin, while the Knowledge Transfer Office will cover the travel costs.

The Falling Walls Lab is a project between the Falling Walls Foundation and the global management-consulting firm A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Festo, worldwide supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology (Global Partner). 


07 September 2015

Invitation: Networking Seminar in Brussels (Deadline: 30 Sept.)


Date: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 1530–1800hrs
Place: Helsinki EU Offi­ce, Rue Belliard 15-17, Brussels

We are honoured to invite you to the networking seminar organised by the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme in our Brussels oce – Helsinki EU Oce – which we share with our partners of the Helsinki Metropolitan region.

In the networking seminar the stakeholders of the Päijät-Häme region will share with you several project ideas and starts which are based on the areas of expertise of our region. We are looking forward to expand our transnational collaboration and create co-operation linkages with you in these key areas of smart specialization.

Päijät-Häme has a long tradition of specialisation based regional innovation strategy. Päijät-Häme has followed a specialisation development approach since the early 1990s, when it decided to focus on environment & environmental competences (among other sectors). 

Kindly confirm your attendance by 30 September 2015 by email to


03 September 2015

ESPON 2020 – ESPON EGTC Vacancies (Deadline: 18 Sept. at 1600hrs)

The ESPON EGTC based in Luxembourg is recruiting permanent staff members to join the international team working on European territorial evidence relevant for policy making.

The following post is open:
  • Financial Expert/Public Procurement and Administration
Deadline to apply is 18 September 2015 at 1600hrs.

More details are available on the EU Funds website.


28 August 2015

Invitation to the Launch of DARIAH-Malta (3 Sept.)

3 September 2015, 0900hrs – 1300hrs
St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

The DARIAH infrastructure is one of the European Research Infrastructures which aims to a connected network of people, information, tools, and methodologies for investigating, exploring and supporting work across the broad spectrum of the digital humanities and arts.

The core strategy of DARIAH is to bring together national, regional, and local endeavours to form a cooperative infrastructure where complementarities and new challenges are clearly identified and acted upon. The national launch of DARIAH will be opened with an overview of the eInfrastructure by two of its Directors, Laurent Romary and Tobias Blanke, and will include an example of national development from the Netherlands delivered by Andrea Scharnhorst from DANS. The presentations will be followed by a discussion on the national needs and the way to boost the participation in DARIAH activities of Maltese academics.

All academics and other interested professionals interested in digital humanities and arts are welcome to join – the main aim of this event is to explore how Maltese scholars can benefit from being part of DARIAH.  If you are willing to join would you please register your interest on

The launch is one of the satellite events of the 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, taking part on 1-2 September 2015 in St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity ().

If you have any questions please contact the national representative for Malta in DARIAH Prof. Milena Dobreva

Biographical sketches of guest speakers
Prof. Laurent Romary is Director of Research of INRIA, France and guest scientist at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Beyond his research activities in data modelling for the humanities, he has been responsible for defining and implementing the scientific information and open access policy of major research institutions in Europe, namely CNRS, Max Planck Society and INRIA. Amongst his achievements he has contributed to the wide deployment of the French national publication archive HAL in 2005-2006, he negotiated the full open access agreement between Springer and the MPS in 2008 and shaped the open access Policy of INRIA with a full publication deposit mandate. Through his experience in various EU projects such as PEER (large scale green open access deposit) or Cendari (networking of archives for digital scholarship), but also more largely as director of the European DARIAH eInfrastructure in the humanities he has developed a general vision of open access as part of a wider comprehensive scientific information strategy of research and higher education institutions.

Dr Tobias Blanke from Kings College London is the director of the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management. His academic background is in philosophy and computer science, with a PhD from the Free University of Berlin on the concept of evil in German philosophy and a PhD from the University of Glasgow in Computing Science on the theoretical evaluation of XML retrieval using Situation Theory. Tobias has authored numerous papers and 3 books in a range of fields on the intersection of humanities research and computer science. His work has won several prizes at major international conferences including best paper awards. In 2012, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities.

Dr Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of Research at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) and member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on modelling and simulating the emergence of innovations (new modes of behaviour and learning, forms of communication, technologies or scientific ideas) in social systems. She has worked on transfer of concepts and methods at an interface between physics and social sciences and humanities. She has coordinated and participated in several EU- and national funded projects, such as “Web indicators for scientific, technological and innovation research”, ”Competence and innovation in research networks – modelling self-organized learning of heterogeneous agents”, “Dissimilar simulation – the epistemics of simulation in the humanities” and “Critical Events in Evolving Networks”. Currently, she coordinates the Computational Humanities Programme at the e-humanities group. She coordinates the COST network on information visualisation KNOWeSCAPE. 


28 August 2015

Research Funding Opportunities - Digital Games


Click here for details.


26 August 2015


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