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Geoscience Seminar 8th February 2019
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Our marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments are inextricably linked to the economic and social dimensions of the country. Fundamental knowledge about these environments is essential for the management of our resources, mitigation of damage from natural hazards, well informed and planned development, and the general understanding of the behaviour and changing nature of our planet and our immediate surroundings.The Department of Geosciences, founded in 2015 within the Faculty of Science, is continuing and strengthening its research and monitoring activities in various areas of the geosciences, carrying out academic research, but also providing a number of services and data acquisition in atmospheric monitoring and air quality, oceanography and maritime observations, geophysics, seismology, marine geology and seafloor surveying.The department has now also embarked on its teaching role by launching an undergraduate degree in Geosciences, thus ensuring a scientifically trained and skilled graduate workforce that will provide an essential contribution to society and the governing authorities.

In this seminar, we shall present a wide range of studies, activities and results by members of the department, seeking to explain our various roles, and initiate a discussion about the interaction between the geosciences, modern society and national requirements. We aim to communicate the importance of the geosciences, not only in the research and academic aspects, but in their application to present-day issues, and in a healthy two-way interaction between academic effort and the various elements of society and governance. The full programme may be viewed here.

The programme should be of interest to academics, postgraduate students, environmental organisations  and national stakeholders. Please feel free to distribute to colleagues. Participation is free of charge, however, for organisational purposes, please register by sending an email to


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.

Last Updated: 22 January 2019

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