Mr Julian Bonello giving his presentation
A number of first year De La Salle students visited some of the research laboratories in the Departments of Physics and Geosciences within the Faculty of Science and Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA).
Students together with their teacher were first given a short presentation by Ph.D. student Mr Julian Bonello, about some of the ongoing research of the Electromagnetics Research Group working at the Electromagnetics Laboratory in the Department of Physics. He also described and demonstrated some of the equipment in the laboratory. The students then had the opportunity to visit the ultra-wide band laboratory, where Ph.D. students Mr Denis Cutajar, Mr Josef Borg and Mr Andrew Finch gave an overview of the laboratory and the on-going research at the Institute for Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA). This presentation also included the University’s contribution to the world’s largest telescope as part of an international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project. The tour proceeded with a visit to the Geophysics laboratory, where Prof. Pauline Galea answered questions about the Department of Geosciences undergraduate programme and spoke about some of the ongoing seismic research in her group. The Lasallian students also visited the Optics laboratory, where further insight about the topic of quantum mechanics was given by Dr André Xuereb who leads the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Theory Research Group at the Department of Physics.
This visit was very well received by both the students and their teacher, and served to improve their awareness of some of the ongoing research in the Faculty of Science and of the many and varied opportunities available for those who decide to pursue a career in science.