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Welcome to the Department of Geosciences, which was approved by the University Council during its meeting of 17 April 2015.

With an ever-increasing awareness of the need for sustainable development, the understanding of geohazards, climate and ecosystem monitoring, vulnerability and risks, resource management and technological advancement, it is clear that a sound knowledge base about our planet, and more specifically, about our national terrestrial, marine and atmospheric environment, will assume more importance in the near future. Although the Maltese Islands are small in size, there is still much that needs to be better understood about the physical environment of our land and surrounding seas, their interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere, their relationship with the surrounding region of the central Mediterranean and the rest of the planet, and the impact on society in general.  Moreover, the very nature of Malta’s marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments link inextricably to the economic and social dimensions of human activity in the country.

The  Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science is intended to spearhead the response of the University of Malta to these challenges and opportunities. It is largely an applied research institution in the earth-related sciences, founded on a strong base of interdisciplinary science, with a focus on operational oceanography, seismology and geophysics, marine geology, and atmosphere and climate research. It strives to be a national reference point for matters related to the scientific understanding of the land, marine and atmospheric environments, at local, regional and larger scales.  With the launch of the undergraduate course, and a number of postgraduate student opportunities, it aspires to be also an exciting and challenging hub for student participation in fundamental studies and applied research, using the latest technologies and international opportunities.

The primary research areas within the Department of Geosciences are:

  • Atmospheric and Climate Studies
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Operational Oceanography


Geoscience Seminar 8th February 2019

36th European Seismological Commission General Assembly
 The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission was hosted by the University of Malta, through the Department of Geosciences, and was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. 

Department of Geosciences featured in the British Council Voices magazine
Following the success by Dr Anthony Galea in the FameLab Malta competition, the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Science is featured in the British Council Voices magazine.

Winner of FameLab Malta’s competition 2018
Dr Anthony Galea, an academic at the Department of Geosciences is the winner of this year's FameLab Malta.

Winner of the National public speaking competition 2018
Dr Anthony Galea from the Physical Oceanography Research Group within the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Science, won this year’s National Public Speaking Competition.

Call for Research Support Officer with the Mobile Air Quality Laboratory
The University of Malta invites applications for a full-time Research Support Officer II/III in the Air Quality Laboratory of the Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science.

RSSD team visits Geoscience facilities in Gozo
Members of the Research Services Support Directorate (RSSD) recently accompanied members of the Department of Geosciences on a trip to Gozo.

Department of Geosciences in a number of major Interreg Italia-Malta projects
The Department of Geosciences has been highly successful in the number of projects approved under the current Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Operational Programme (2014-2020). 

20th annual ERVO meeting to be held in Malta
The Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group (Department of Geosciences) will be hosting the 20th annual ERVO (European Research Vessels Operators)´ group meeting at the University of Malta Campus in Valletta between the 12th and 14th June 2018.

ESC 2018
Valletta to host 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in 2018

Participation at AGU
Dr Sebastiano D’Amico and Ms Daniela Farrugia (Department of Geosciences) have participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco (USA) from 10th to 15th December 2016.

Outstanding Academic Title
The book "Earthquakes and their Impact on Society" has been selected by Choice magazine as"Outstanding Academic title" for 2016 

International Contribution
A CRG researcher is contributing to development of a new gas-phase-to-aerosol scheme in the state-of-the-art Regional Climate Model, RegCM4.

Department Transfer
As of 1 October 2015, the CRG has been transferred to the new Department of Geosciences.

Air Quality Mobile Laboratory
The acquisition of an air quality monitoring van has started a new research branch within the group.


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