Science in the Citadel: Heritage Malta museums to host various events

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Science in the Citadel: Heritage Malta Citadel museums to host various eventsThis coming Saturday Heritage Malta will be hosting a number of initiatives in its four Citadel museums during Science in the Citadel.

During this one-day Gozo Science extravaganza, Heritage Malta’s Citadel museums will be open against regular admission fees. However, it said that “free entry will be provided in the time slot of the programmed talks and information stands.”

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.

Heritage Malta’s museums in the Citadel are the Gozo Nature Museum, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gran Castello Historic House (ex Folklore Museum) and the Old Prison.

The activities to be held are:

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology

11.00am-12.00pm: Talk provided by archaeologist George Azzopardi on archaeological science, ‘From clay to pottery: chemical transformation’;

– Gozo Nature Museum

12.00pm-1.00pm: Talk by Paulo Lago, Project Manager of Life Arcipelagu Gamija ‘The secretive life of the Yelouan Shearwater in the Maltese Islands’;

1.00pm-2.00pm: Walking tour by geologist Jane Carr, ‘What has geology to do with you?’

2.00pm-3.00pm: Talk by Alfred Baldacchino, veteran conservation and biodiversity specialist, ‘Indigenous flora of Gozo’;

– Gran Castello Historic House

4.00pm-5.00pm: Exhibition and talk on the role of bee products in health by Adrian Bugeja Douglas, ‘The story of honey: its history, production and health benefits’

– Old Prison

Interactive stand by the Police Forensic Science Laboratory in the reception area, ‘Forensics – the application of science to law’;

– Heritage Malta Gozo Area Office

Exhibition of artworks organised by the Gozo College, ‘Science in the Citadel through the eyes of a Gozitan child’, until 6th of May in the Exhibitions Hall.

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.

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.

Photograph by Mario Xerri

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