One-day science extravaganza – Science in the Citadel next Saturday

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Science in the Citadel next Saturday in GozoNext Saturday, the historic Citadel in the heart of Victoria, will be the venue for a one-day Gozo Science extravaganza – Science in the Citadel.

Opening at 9am, the festival programme promises a full 12 hours of shows, workshops, talks by eminent local scientists, debates, demonstrations, film and interactive Science Fair fun.

Although the festival is modelled on the annual Science in the City, held in Valletta every year, the organisers said that this day will be firmly Gozitan in flavour, with displays relevant to lives here, including items on the island’s biodiversity, geology, agriculture, sea and skies as well as items highlighting the science and engineering inherent in the Citadel itself and its museums.

The festival is being organised by Cafe Scientific in association with EcoGozo, Esplora and the Malta Chamber of Scientists, who said that they are aiming to provide a fun and stimulating experience for visitors of all ages in order to get people talking about science, engaging with its many strands and appreciating the breadth of research, creativity and innovation taking place on the Maltese islands.

An interactive Science Trail will take visitors around most of the features and spectacular vistas of the fortress effortlessly blending the past with the leading edge science and technology of the future, demonstrating how “science is, and always has been, relevant to our daily lives.”

The Citadel Cultural Centre Board Room, will be given over to a series of fascinating science shows, workshops and demonstrations.

Esplora will be performing their Bubbles shows for the younger generation of visitors, which will be followed by tinkering workshops all morning, whilst -Kids Dig Science – will be unveiling a science puppet show and holding workshops on forces in the afternoon.

In the evening, adults and older children will be able to watch a demonstration by the Department of Physics and Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy at Malta University of the radio telescope antenna transmission of SKA, the international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. And Cinexjenza will be showing the first Maltese airing of a new film about our ocean.

The Gozo Nature Museum will host speakers on the native flowers of Gozo, the Yelkouan Shearwater birds and why Geology really matters, whilst the Gozo Archaeology Museum will be covering the chemical transformation from clay to pottery.

Meanwhile, The Story of Honey will be explained in Gran Castello Historic House, surrounded by historical artefacts from a rural past and the Police Forensic Laboratory will be showing how Science helps to catch a criminal today in The Old Prison.

The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, will be opening the festival, which will also feature contributions by the island’s schools, underlining the importance that is placed upon communicating about Science on Gozo and inspiring the next generation of Scientists.

Participating organisations include the University of Malta, Esplora, Malta Council of Science and Technology, Medical and Science Students’ Associations, Gozo College, RIDT, Malta Neuroscience Network, Malta Medicines Authority, BirdLife Malta, National Aquarium, Police Forensic laboratory, SharkLab, Heritage Malta, Microsoft Youthspark as well as many science student organisations – are laying on 50 different activities so there truly is something for everyone at the first of what is sure to become an annual attraction on Gozo.

An easy to use trail guide and map, as well as updates is available on the facebook page.

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