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There are a number of fora at the University of Malta where research is presented and discussed.

Meetings sometimes include the participation of invited foreign guest speakers of international repute.

Department of Anthropological Sciences 
Senior Research Seminars
Click here for this year's programme of Senior Research Seminars organised by the Department of Anthropological Sciences within the Faculty of Arts.

Britain & Italy: Literary & Cultural Relations
The Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies organises international conferences on this theme which were attended by scholars of international repute, all experts in this field of studies. The proceedings are published in various issues of the Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies.

Encounters at the Faculty for the Built Environment

The Encounters at the Faculty for the Built Environment are a series of monthly seminars for academic staff of the Faculty for the Built Environment, where a member of staff from the Faculty presents and shares research and professional experiences. The encounters are open to University of Malta academic members of staff, research students and anyone interested.

The activities commenced through an initiative taken during early 2011, intended to promote further the exchange of ideas during such encounters of the academic staff. These encounters include presentations on a variety of topics leading to discussion.

Further information on the Encounters, can be obtained from the Faculty Office of the Faculty for the Built Environment.

Engineering Seminar
During the seminar, research work across all fields of engineering, both mechanical and electrical, is presented. Engineering Students reading the M.Sc. by research give a presentation about their research project. They also submit and present an academic poster that summarises the content of the presentation. This seminar is held twice a year, in September and April, and its attendance is open to the public.

Further information is available online or may be obtained from Dr Joseph P. Buhagiar.

Humanities, Medicine and Science Programme (HUMS)
The Humanities, Medicine and Sciences Programme (HUMS) proposes to explore and encourage interfaces between the humanities and medical science, and aims to facilitate and disseminate cross-disciplinary research. HUMS holds regular meetings, seminars, and conferences in which to present research ideas, discuss work in progress and generally promote the sharing of knowledge.

Life Science Seminars
The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the Faculty of Science currently jointly organise a research seminar programme, aimed to foster sharing of information and establish a platform for local and international academic collaboration within the life science research community of the University of Malta. These seminars are presented by experts in the field, and we also always welcome the input given by visiting lecturers to the University of Malta. The seminars consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute discussion. The content may consist of specific research data and results presentation, or may take the form of a particular life-science related research methodology discussion. Masters and Doctoral students reading for life-science related degrees are encouraged to attend these fora, since it will expose them to different research approaches and techniques, and provide a path through which they can integrate better with other research teams, and with the general research environment at the University of Malta.

Linguistics Circle Seminar Series
The Institute of Linguistics organises an occasional series of seminars, where local and international speakers are invited to present the results of recent research on language-related topics.

The seminars take place in an informal setting and their primary aim is to encourage discussion. Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. The current coordinator is Dr Lonneke van der Plas.

Literature & Comparison Seminar Series

The Literature & Comparison seminar series is conducted under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and is a joint initiative between the Department of English and the Department of Italian. Since its inception a few years ago, it has been addressed by a long list of distinguished local and foreign speakers.

Malta Cafe Scientifique
Malta Cafe Scientifique is an informal place where anyone can discuss the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month. Visit Malta Cafe Scientifique on Facebook.

Malta Medical School Conferences
This conference is organised every three years by the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery and is now in its 20th year, the first one having been held in December 1989. The Malta Medical School Conference is a multidisciplinary meeting and papers and posters are presented relating to clinical work and research that is carried out locally and overseas by graduates of the Malta Medical School as well as by international participants. To date, seven such conferences have been held.

Mediterranean Maritime History Network (MMHN)
A number of historians working on Mediterranean maritime history met at the Third International Congress of Maritime History in Esbjerg, Denmark, in August 2000, and decided on a number of measures to try to bring scholars working in the this area of study closer together. The principal aim of the MMHN is to act as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information concerning research currently underway relating to Mediterranean maritime history topics. The MMHN centres on the period from the thirteenth century to the twentieth century and subscribes to a wide concept of maritime history. The MMHN Coordinator is Dr Enric Garcia.

Statistics & Operations Research Seminars
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Faculty of Science, has an ongoing active programme of Research Seminars.

University Matters on CampusFM 103.7 
Patricia Camilleri produces and presents the 'University Matters' interviews for CampusFm 103.7. Academics on campus who are involved in research projects, many of which are EU funded, explain their work and its short and long term effects within their field of study and on society in general.

Work in Progress in the Social Studies (WIPSS) Seminar Series
The seminar series Work in Progress in the Social Studies (WIPSS) was started in 1996 with three objectives in mind:
  • to provide a forum in which researchers in any branch of the social studies could present their ideas or their findings in an informal setting for friendly feedback
  • as an interface between the university and the Maltese community
  • as a chance for Maltese academics to go beyond their normal commitments and engage in regular, free wheeling, and enjoyable intellectual exchange - as an intellectual stimulus. 
WIPSS also asks academics visiting the University of Malta to give presentations concerning their current research. Since 2001, Professor Peter Mayo and Dr Michael Briguglio have joined Professor Paul Clough as the co-convenor of the series, which has expanded to include sessions on Gramsci, Freire, and new approaches to pedagogy. Since 2005, most sessions of WIPSS have been recorded for Campus Radio, and can be listened to in the WIPSS archive on the Campus FM website.

Workshop in Information & Communication Technology (WICT)
WICT is a national ICT event organised by the Faculty of Information & Communication Technology. The intent of this event is to promote research and applications of technologies and practices in the field of ICT. The workshop solicits the submission of original papers dealing with both theoretical and practical aspects of ICT research and gives the opportunity to graduates and experts in the various areas of ICT to showcase their work and research efforts.

For a calendar of events click here.

Last Updated: 19 October 2015

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