Newspoint - University of Maltahttps://www.um.edu.mt/newspointNewspoint - University of MaltaInstitute of Digital Games members and researchers participate at DiGRA conference in Poland<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0004/498649/varieties/banner.jpg" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Institute of Digital Games Faculty Members and Researchers at DiGRA 2022" /><div> Earlier last month, <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/digitalgames" target="_blank">IDG – Institute of Digital Games</a> members participated in <em>DiGRA 2022</em>, the annual international conference of the Digital Games Research Association. This year's edition of the conference was held in Kraków, Poland, between 6 - 11 July. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <a href="https://https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/danielmvella">Dr. Daniel Vella</a> chaired a full-day workshop with the title "The State of the Avatar," co-organised with Dr. Ea Christina Willumsen, which brought together scholars working on a range of approaches to studying avatars and player-characters. Current M.Sc. in <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/digitalgames" target="_blank" style="">Digital Games</a> student Robin Longobardi Zingarelli also delivered a presentation within the workshop.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/gordoncalleja" target="_blank">Prof. Gordon Calleja</a> delivered two presentations, one on the topic of immersion in board games, and the other exploring the impact of the Kickstarter crowdfunding model on board game design. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Dr. Nele van de Mosselaer (University of Antwerp) presented research developed with <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/stefanogualeni" target="_blank" style="">Prof. Stefano Gualeni</a> from the <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/digitalgames" target="_blank" style="">IDG</a>, on the idea of the implied designer in digital games. <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/digitalgames" target="_blank">IDG</a> doctoral alumnus Dr. Renata Ntelia was also present, giving a presentation on the ethics and challenges of using games to treat sensitive themes and topics.&nbsp;&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> The <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/digitalgames" target="_blank">Institute of Digital Games</a> is the centre for research and education in game design, game analysis, and game technology at the <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/" target="_blank">University of Malta.</a>&nbsp;The multidisciplinary academic team spans computer science, literature, game design, philosophy, media studies, and social sciences. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> "Our work is at the forefront of innovative games research. We explore games and play, uncovering new playful and generative possibilities in game design and technology. We delve into everything games can teach us about ourselves" says Dr Vella. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Learn more about our <a href="https://www.subscribepage.com/mscdigitalgames" target="_blank">M.Sc. in Digital Games</a>&nbsp;and one can read our latest report: <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/10mR_XMkUauW7bGerENSdDxKEXTuCU0DH/view?pli=1" target="_blank">IDG Annual Report - Academic Year 2020/21</a>&nbsp;here. </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 13:12:53 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/august/institute-digital-games-faculty-members-researchers-digra-2022Research by the Institute of Earth Systems into greening of school grounds<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0009/498654/varieties/banner.png" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="kids" /><div> The <a href="http://www.um.edu.mt/ies">Institute of Earth Systems</a> recently collaborated with BirdLife Malta on a three-year Erasmus+ project called Teach, Inspire and Protect (TIP), aimed at inspiring educators to use contemporary teaching approaches for connecting children with nature from their first years of kindergarten and school. Greening of school grounds provides children in urban environments with opportunities for direct contact with nature, as well as providing quality learning environments and increasing children’s motivation to attend school. </div> <div> <p>The Institute contributed two related research initiatives within the TIP project during 2020/2021. Maltese primary school footprints were mapped to determine the proportions of different landscapes at each school, and a national survey was carried out among primary school teachers to establish the state of outdoor teaching and nature-based learning in Maltese primary schools.</p> </div> <div> <p>The research reveals that school footprints in Malta are dominated by outdoor hardscapes, with concrete and other hard paving covering an average 49% of school grounds and built areas making up an average 29%. Soft landscaping was found to cover an average of only 22% of the footprint. These figures are broad averages and several schools have little or no soft landscaping at all. It was found that even where soft landscaped areas are present within school grounds, they are often peripheral and mostly inaccessible to students. The teacher survey revealed a consensus among primary school educators that outdoor learning is beneficial both to children’s learning and development, and to their health and wellbeing.</p> </div> <div> <p>However, very little use is currently made of natural areas in schools, with most outdoor teaching carried out on rubber matting or artificial turf, or else on concrete ground. A policy brief on connecting children with nature through the greening of school grounds was developed as one of the final outcomes of the TIP project. The main focus of this brief is the need to integrate the design of school grounds within a vision that sees outdoor spaces as a complementary part of the delivery of the curriculum.</p> <p>In view of worldwide urbanisation and loss of nature, and of the benefits of holistic development to children’s health and wellbeing, it is hoped that the recommendations resulting from this project will help to boost nature-based learning in Maltese schools. The full policy brief is <a href="https://birdlifemalta.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/GREENING-OUR-SCHOOL-GROUNDS-Policy-document.pdf">available online.</a> The policy recommendations outlined in this brief are in the process of being discussed with relevant stakeholders, including policy makers within the Education Directorate.</p> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:52:08 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/07/policy-recommend-ations-for-connecting-children-with-nature-research-by-the-institute-of-earth-systems-into-greening-ofschool-groundsErasmus+ International Credit Mobility - Call 2022 Round 1 - Results<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0012/498639/varieties/banner.jpg" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility - Call 2022 Round 1 - Results" /><div> The <u><a href="https://intra.kth.se/utbildning/internationalisering/program/erasmus/international-credit-mobility-icm-ka171-1.1129674#:~:text=Mobility%20of%20Individuals%20is%20one,other%20parts%20of%20the%20world." target="_blank">Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM – KA171)</a></u> programme has made it possible for European universities with an Erasmus Higher Education Charter to<br /> apply for funding for student and staff exchanges with universities situated outside the European Union and the European Economic Area.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <div> The <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/international/" target="_blank">International Office</a> of the University of Malta was successful in the KA171 - Call 2022 Round 1 KA1 and was awarded 100% of the funding it bid for. A total of €194,400 will support student and staff mobilities between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2025 with the following countries:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <div> Western Balkans (Region 1): Kosovo<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Neighbourhood East (Region 2): Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine<br /> <br /> </div> <div> South Mediterranean (Region 3): Palestine and Tunisia<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Russian Federation (Region 4): Russia<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Asia (Region 5): India<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Central Asia (Region 6): Uzbekistan<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Pacific (Region 8): Australia<br /> <br /> </div> <div> USA and Canada (Region 12): USA<br /> <br /> </div> <div> Academics interested in participating in future bids are invited to contact <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/jakegrech" target="_blank">Mr Jake Grech</a>. </div> </div> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:18:10 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/august/erasmus-international-credit-mobility-call-2022-round-1-resultsRichmond Foundation Founder and Chair Steps Down After 30 Years<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0008/498608/varieties/banner.jpg" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="PR: Richmond Foundation Founder and Chair Steps Down After 30 Years" /><div> The founder and chairperson of mental health organisation Richmond Foundation is resigning as Chair after almost three decades.<br /> </div> <div> <div> <br /> Anthony Guillaumier founded Richmond Foundation in May 1993 to address the gap in mental health support services in Malta at that time. Today, the Foundation is Malta’s leading NGO in the provision of community services for people with mental health problems and their loved ones.&nbsp; </div> </div> <div> <br /> <div> “Mr Guillaumier has been a key individual throughout Richmond’s existence and his resignation as Chair will mark the end of an era,” says Richmond Foundation CEO Stephania Dimech Sant. “He will leave a pair of big shoes to fill and we will definitely miss the feeling of robust security that he conveyed through the trust he imparted<br /> to all of us at Richmond. On the other hand, he has imbued us with a sense of vision, the drive to rise to face a challenge and put all our energy into making dreams come true, particularly when it means making a positive contribution to society.” </div> <div> <br /> Inspired by a visit to the Richmond Fellowship in UK – from which the Foundation draws its name – Mr Guillaumier hoped to find more information on how to support employees struggling with mental health issues and a close relative who was battling depression. With characteristic determination, however, he sought the help of Malta’s Ministry of Health to launch the Richmond Foundation – and the rest is history.<br /> <br /> <div> Richmond Foundation is a member of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks –Europe (GAMIAN-Europe), the European Anti-Poverty Network, the Malta Federations of NGOs and the Malta Health Network, and was one of the first organisations to voluntarily become ISO certified. Through its formidable team of over 120 highly trained and motivated professional staff alongside scores of volunteers, the Foundation provides a high standard of quality care to users on an ongoing basis.<br /> <br /> <div> Mr Guillaumier’s near-three-decade tenure as Chair includes many milestone achievements, particularly in the perception of mental health and the range of support services related to it in Malta. “Richmond Foundation served as a catalyst to bring about a shift in the way people perceive mental health in Malta. In fact, today we do not speak of mental illness, we speak about mental health – that is already something completely different,” he says.<br /> </div> <div> <br /> “I step down now as Chair to both focus my energy on a family medical issue and to pass the baton to young blood, who will bring fresh ideas and energy to the organisation. I’m sad to go, but I also have a sense of pride that Richmond has been the driver of huge social change, which has impacted the lives of individuals, institutions, governments and even private enterprise. I feel we have made a difference to so many affected by mental illness and we have established a centre that is tirelessly working on dedication, training and promotion of good mental health practice. This will be my legacy,” Mr Guillaumier concludes.<br /> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <em>More information about the <strong>Richmond Foundation</strong> is available <a href="https://www.richmond.org.mt" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;</em>&nbsp; </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 08:52:40 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/events/malta/2022/08/pr-richmond-foundation-founder-and-chair-steps-down-after-30-yearsNew DETECTIF project launched within the Faculty of ICT<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0007/498643/varieties/banner.png" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="malware" /><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"></div> <div> <p>Our phones have become more than just a tool for making calls. They hold sensitive information (bank account details, private conversations), which makes them prone to attacks by hackers. Even though security protection mechanisms are present, malware still makes its way to devices by leveraging stealthy evasion techniques, which make it more difficult for incident responders to analyse and respond to the malware. The main consequences may include invasion of privacy, financial loss, and personal safety.</p> <p>The team leading the DETECTIF project consists of Ms Jennifer Bellizzi,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.um.edu.mt/profile/markvella">Dr Mark Vella</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.um.edu.mt/profile/christiancolombo">Dr Christian Colombo</a>&nbsp;who work within the Computer Science Department at the Faculty of ICT.<br /></p> </div> <div> <p>"Following the success of a novel technique called Just-In-Time Memory Forensics (JIT-MF), developed by members of the Computer Science Department, at the Faculty of ICT, the newly launched project DETECTIF aims to improve state-of-the-art mobile forensics when dealing with cybercrime incidents involving Android malware aimed at financial theft and the compromise of personal safety." says Ms Bellizzi.</p> <p>JIT-MF addresses these challenges by providing a solution that forensically enhances apps to timely collect elusive evidence in memory while remaining compatible with stock devices. However, this solution does not scale well to extend its protection scope in its current form and is limited concerning the types of apps it can forensically enhance. The overarching aim of the DETECTIF project is to evolve JIT-MF further by exploring possible solutions that can solve its current limitations.<br /></p> <p>More information about the project and its aims can be found on the project&nbsp;<a href="https://staff.um.edu.mt/mvel3/detectif/index.html">website</a>.<br /></p> <p>Project DETECTIF is financed by the Malta Council for Science &amp; Technology, for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology, through the FUSION: R&amp;I Research Excellence Programme.&nbsp;<strong>"</strong></p> </div> <div> <strong><br /></strong> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 08:39:43 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/07/new-detectif-project-launched-within-the-faculty-of-ictUM Academic's new appointment on Antoinette Forrester Downing book award committee <img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0007/498589/varieties/banner.jpg" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="UM Academic's appointment on Antoinette Forrester Downing book award committee (2022)" /><a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/conradthake" target="_blank">Professor Conrad Thake</a>, <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/arts/historyart" target="_blank">Department of Art and Art History</a>, <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/arts" target="_blank">Faculty of Arts</a> has been appointed to serve as a member of the <em>Antoinette Forrester Downing book award</em> committee (2022), under the auspices of the Society of Architectural Historians.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Society of Architectural Historians was founded at Harvard University in 1940. It is a non-profit membership organization that serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. Every year, the Society of Architectural Historians presents a series of awards that recognize the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation, and architectural exhibition catalogues. The Antoinette Forrester Downing award honours scholarship and excellence in the form of a published work devoted to historical topics in heritage preservation.&nbsp;<br /> Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:54:29 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/august/um-academics-appointment-on-antoinette-forrester-downing-book-award-committee-2022Official Launch of ‘Karolina, Ferdi u s-Saħħar il-Ħażin’ - a children’s book in Maltese about the theme of domestic violence<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0008/498545/varieties/banner.jpg" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Official Launch of ‘Karolina, Ferdi u s-Saħħar il-Ħażin’ - a children’s book in Maltese about the theme of domestic violence" /><div> The Positive Parenting taskforce together with the Hon Minister Michael Falzon proudly launched the first ever children’s book in Maltese which deals with domestic violence. This book is the result of a collaboration between&nbsp; Audrey Friggieri, Commissioner on Gender-based violence and Domestic violence, writer of popular children’s literature, and PhD candidate within the <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/socialwellbeing/youth" target="_blank">Department of Youth and Community Studies</a>, and <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/clarissasammutscerri" target="_blank">Dr Clarissa Sammut Scerri</a>, Senior Lecturer, <a href="https://www.um.edu.mt/socialwellbeing/familystudies" target="_blank">Department of Child and Family Studies,</a> psychologist and family therapist.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <div> The book can be enjoyed by all children, especially those between ages 7 – 12 years old. It is a fantasy story based in the 'Urk universe'. The heroes of the story are Karolina and Ferdi, two school friends, who are going to spend their summer holidays at Karolina’s house. Little do they know that when they get to Karolina ‘s house, they are going to find an evil wizard instead of Karolina’s parents. Kyle Xuereb Cunningham’s beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of space adventure and wonder,&nbsp; whilst through expert use of colour, aptly evokes&nbsp; the darkness of an evil wizard who, together with best friends Karolina and Ferdi, makes this story a fascinating read for children of all ages. </div> <div> <br /> <div> "It is hoped that this book can foster conversations between children and adults (parents, teachers, and therapists) around a sensitive and difficult subject and through which children in such difficult circumstances can feel less alone" says Dr Sammut Scerri. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> This book would not have been possible without the support of Chris Gruppetta, Merlin Publishers and David Muscat, L- Agenzija Nazzjonali tal- Litterizmu.&nbsp; </div> </div> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:51:52 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/august/official-launch-of-karolina-ferdi-u-s-saar-il-ain-a-childrens-book-in-malteseDean’s awards at the Faculty of Health Sciences <img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0004/498433/varieties/banner.png" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="awards" /><span id="docs-internal-guid-e806a38c-7fff-b1ad-4ddb-1dc4eb4b6bd4"></span> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e806a38c-7fff-b1ad-4ddb-1dc4eb4b6bd4"></span></p> <p><em>Photo:&nbsp;"Dean Lungaro-Mifsud and the awardees."&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The ninth edition of the Faculty of Health Science Dean’s Awards were held on the 8th July, 2022. The previous two editions of these awards were cancelled or substantially restricted due to COVID-19 regulations, but the awards returned in their regular format this year and were held in the Antoine de Paule Hall at San Anton Palace. As per tradition, the awards served as an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the faculty’s students and its academic and non-academic members of staff.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>The Dean, Dr Stephen Lungaro Mifsud, welcomed the attendees and thanked students and members of staff for their hard work throughout the past year. He encouraged them to keep up their efforts to ensure that the faculty is constantly proactive to keep up with the speed with which change is taking place in the health sector and in society.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>In his address, the Deputy Dean, Dr Josef Trapani, invited faculty members to look back with pride at the faculty’s achievements and contributions during the pandemic and to look forward to face new challenges with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and equipped with the lessons and new practices learnt through pandemic. He encouraged the faculty to celebrate the diversity of its members as an invaluable resource.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>The Dean then handed awards to the students with the highest grades in each of the first three years of study and who demonstrated the greatest academic improvement. Awards were also given to members of staff who were voted by students as academic, clinical mentor and administrative or technical member of the year and to the recipients of the Dean’s Awards for altruistic contribution to society and for special mention.</p> <p><img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0004/498433/varieties/add.jpg" width="1200" height="400" alt="a" style="border: 0px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);" /><br /></p> <p><em>&nbsp;Photo:&nbsp;Some of the awards&nbsp;of the evening.</em></p> <p>During the ceremony, the attendees were treated to the beautiful voice of Audrienne Fenech, who is a graduate of the faculty and a senior staff nurse at Mater Dei Hospital besides a singer and songwriter. She was ably accompanied by David Fenech on guitar. Special guests for the evening included a number of external examiners for various programmes offered by the faculty, the Dean of the Faculty of Information &amp; Communication Technology, Prof. Ing. Carl Debono, and Dr Wasim Ahmed, chief executive officer of Metavisions, who generously collaborated with the Faculty for the event. In a brief address, Dr Ahmed expressed his honour for being present, congratulated all health professionals for their efforts during the past years but also reminded them that the evermore dynamic landscape of healthcare required them to be more creative and to embrace innovative technology as it becomes more integral to care delivery.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>In his concluding remarks, the Dean, Dr Lungaro Mifsud, again thanked all attendees for their presence, and especially Ms Marthese Gauci from the Office of the Dean for her hard work and excellent coordination in ensuring the smooth running of these awards. He then invited the attendees to a reception held at San Anton Palace courtyard.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>The awardees at this year’s edition of the Faculty of Health Sciences Dean’s Awards are listed below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Awards based on Academic performance:</u></p> <ul> <li><strong>First Year Students</strong>: Samuel Grima – BSc (Hons) Physics, Medical Physics &amp; Radiation Protection, Abigail Grima – BSc (Hons) Midwifery, Christine Axiaq – BSc (Hons) Nursing</li> <li><strong>Second Year Students:</strong> Francesca Xuereb – BSc (Hons) Radiography, Francesca Azzopardi – BSc (Hons) Nursing, Hannah Gatt – BSc (Hons) Communication Therapy</li> <li><strong>Third Year Students</strong>: Angie Purkiss – BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science, Kamie Marie, Grech – BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science, Carla Fenech – BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Greatest Academic Improvement, Diane Portelli – BSc (Hons) Midwifery</li> </ul> <p><br /></p> <p><u>Awards based on nominations</u></p> <ul> <li><strong>Academic of the Year:</strong> Dr Georgette Spiteri – Lecturer, Department of Midwifery</li> <li><strong>Clinical Mentor of the Year</strong>: Ms Vanessa Micallef – Midwife, Central Delivery Suite</li> <li><strong>Administrative or Technical Member of Staff of the Year</strong>: Ms Anthea Zammit – Laboratory Officer, Departments of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Communication Therapy</li> <li><strong>Dean’s Award for Altruistic Contribution to Society 2021/22</strong>: Ms Melita James – Administrator II, Department of Nursing</li> <li><strong>Dean’s Award for Special Mention: Ms Sharon Micallef</strong> – Administration Specialist, Faculty Office</li> </ul> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 700; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span> </div> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 10:45:32 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2022/07/deans-awards-at-the-faculty-of-health-sciencesVideographic editing for the SEA MARVEL project <img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0011/498431/varieties/banner.png" width="1250" height="450" alt="Sea Marvel logo and EU flag" title="seamarvellogo" /><div> <div> An experienced videographer with skills in video editing short educational clips of 2 to 10mins is sought to join the SEA MARVEL project team between September 2022 – 2023 (400 hours) at 15Euros per hour, inclusive of VAT. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Specific tasks would include: </div> <div> <ul> <li>Videographic editing to produced short educational clips that may be of good quality to upload on YouTube and for media educational promotion.&nbsp;</li> <li>Assist in SEA MARVEL teamwork related to video recording promoting the biodiversity conservation targets of SEA MARVEL and its plastic pollution free environment goals, therefore applicant may also be experienced in using an aerial drone.&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> A total remuneration of 6000Euros inclusive of VAT will be spread during the year. The payments will be against an invoice and the applicant has to be VAT registered.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> The applicant should be willing to work flexibly and with dedication on the required biodiversity marine conservation videography work. </div> </div> <div> <br /> Interested applicants are invited to send in their letter of application with their CV by <strong>10 August 2022</strong> to Prof. Adriana Vella, Conservation Biology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta at the following email address: <a href="mailto:adriana.vella@um.edu.mt" target="_blank">adriana.vella@um.edu.mt</a>. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <strong>Project Summary:&nbsp;</strong> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <strong>The Italia-Malta Interreg project SEA MARVEL</strong> joins forces between organizations that, in Sicily and Malta, work to reduce knowledge gaps and promote timely, concrete and feasible actions and campaigns to aid nature protection for innovative sustainable development. The geographical position of these islands allows for strategic analyses pertinent to the understanding of Mediterranean pressures and challenges caused by climatic and environmental changes. SEA MARVEL aims to raise awareness of the risks and mitigate the effects of plastic pollution, declining populations of marine species, alien species invasion and climate change effects in order to maintain and reactivate the ecosystem and protected Natura 2000 sites. SEA MARVEL’s fieldwork, under the scientific guidance of the University of Malta, shall assess the presence of and promote actions toward the repopulation of vulnerable indicator species such as cetaceans. It will also target timely interventions to identify and reduce alien species and plastics in the selected Natura 2000 sites in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s Good Environmental Status. Under the guidance of the University of Catania, challenges that stimulate the participation of the new generation and coastal communities towards the development of sustainable management plans shall be set-up.<br /> <br /> <div> <strong>Project Partner of SEA MARVEL</strong> </div> <div> Conservation Biology Research Group | Department of Biology | Faculty of Science </div> <div> Coordinator: Prof Adriana Vella | Room 209, Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta.&nbsp; Tel: +356 2340 2790 | email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:adriana.vella@um.edu.mt" target="_blank">adriana.vella@um.edu.mt</a> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:50:02 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/notices/opportunities/2022/08/videographic-editing-for-the-sea-marvel-projectUnderwater photographer for the SEA MARVEL project<img src="https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/image/0011/498431/varieties/banner.png" width="1250" height="450" alt="Sea Marvel logo and EU flag" title="seamarvellogo" /><div> A graduate in biology or science communication with experience in underwater photography and sampling is sought to join the SEA MARVEL project team between September 2022 – 2023 (400 hours) at 15Euros per hour, inclusive of VAT. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Specific tasks would include: </div> <div> <ul> <li>Undertake clear and attractive photography of marine habitats and species that will be used to promote the biodiversity conservation targets of SEA MARVEL and the plastic pollution free environment goals.</li> </ul> </div> <div> A total remuneration of 6000Euros inclusive of VAT will be spread during the year. The payments will be against an invoice and the applicant has to be VAT registered.&nbsp;<br /> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> The applicant should be willing to work flexibly and with dedication on the required biodiversity marine conservation photography. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Interested applicants are invited to send in their letter of application with their CV by <strong>10 August 2022</strong> to Prof. Adriana Vella, Conservation Biology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta at the following email address: <a href="mailto:adriana.vella@um.edu.mt" target="_blank">adriana.vella@um.edu.mt</a>. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <strong>Project Summary:&nbsp;</strong> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <strong>The Italia-Malta Interreg project SEA MARVEL</strong> joins forces between organizations that, in Sicily and Malta, work to reduce knowledge gaps and promote timely, concrete and feasible actions and campaigns to aid nature protection for innovative sustainable development. The geographical position of these islands allows for strategic analyses pertinent to the understanding of Mediterranean pressures and challenges caused by climatic and environmental changes. SEA MARVEL aims to raise awareness of the risks and mitigate the effects of plastic pollution, declining populations of marine species, alien species invasion and climate change effects in order to maintain and reactivate the ecosystem and protected Natura 2000 sites. SEA MARVEL’s fieldwork, under the scientific guidance of the University of Malta, shall assess the presence of and promote actions toward the repopulation of vulnerable indicator species such as cetaceans. It will also target timely interventions to identify and reduce alien species and plastics in the selected Natura 2000 sites in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s Good Environmental Status. Under the guidance of the University of Catania, challenges that stimulate the participation of the new generation and coastal communities towards the development of sustainable management plans shall be set-up.<br /> <br /> <div> <strong>Project Partner of SEA MARVEL</strong> </div> <div> Conservation Biology Research Group | Department of Biology | Faculty of Science </div> <div> Coordinator: Prof Adriana Vella | Room 209, Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta.&nbsp; Tel: +356 2340 2790 | email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:adriana.vella@um.edu.mt" target="_blank">adriana.vella@um.edu.mt</a> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:46:49 +0200https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/notices/opportunities/2022/08/underwater-photographer-for-the-sea-marvel-project