Science in the City 2013 – Science & art festival in Valletta

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Science in the City 2013 – Science & art festival in VallettaScience in the City, Malta’s science and art festival, will be back again to keep the crowds entertained and enthralled on the 27th September from 6.00pm onwards. Valletta will be filled with art and entertainment all linked to science: street art installations, graffiti art, music concerts, art exhibitions, children’s shows, live experiments, talks, tech areas, and much more – a memorable night which is fun, interactive and free.

As part of the pan-European event called Researchers’ Night, Science in the City is running over 25 events for all – families, young people, and adults alike. They can learn about insects surrounded by a 10-foot tall butterfly, while inside a house they can make a cup of coffee using pedal power, or see the latest technology in making things work around a house without lifting a finger.

A tech area sees robots, art installations and other activities coming to life. Live experiments will be run in different areas around Valletta and a kids area will keep children hooked on science for hours. The public will be able to do some of these themselves, highlighting how science can be fun and part of our everyday life.

The activities will take place in Valletta, running from the Upper Barrakka and St. James Cavalier, down both Merchant Street and Republic Street till St. George’s Square (Palace Square) and the Old Market.

The festival opens the doors of Valletta for everyone to meet researchers from the University of Malta and artists, and participate in the interactive demonstrations, discussions, workshops and children’s activities.

Researchers will be present at different venues to talk about the science behind the activities. A special event will be held at King’s Own Band Club were anyone can pop over for a drink and chat with researchers about the science of food, our universe, or some unique facts about Maltese blood. It will highlight the appeal of pursuing a career in research.

The University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) is supporting the 2nd edition of Science in the City since it will show the value and usefulness of science and research in Malta. Investment in research and development is a guarantee for the successful future of our country. The RIDT actively seeks funds and support from private and corporate bodies, private individuals, and University alumni to expand the University’s research studies.

The Science in the City festival is supported by the EU FP7 Programme and the Malta Arts Fund. The event is coordinated by The University of Malta, in partnership with the Chamber of Scientists, Valletta Local Council, MEUSAC, Malta Council for Science and Technology, Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, PBS, Where’s Everybody, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Notte Bianca, iCreatemotion, Microsoft, St James Cavalier and RIDT.

The Science in the City website www.scienceinthecity.org.mt will be shortly updated with a full programme or follow the festival on Facebook for regular updates: www.facebook.com/ScienceInTheCityMalta

Photo – An event from last year’s Science in the City in Valletta.

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