A roaring evening at Science in the City

Elisa Von Brockdorff

There was no better place to celebrate science and research than at the 2019 Science in the City – European Researchers’ Night taking over the outskirts of Valletta last Friday involving over 100 leading researchers, 50 artists and more than 500 volunteers.

Centered around the theme ‘The Science of You’, the festival has become one of Malta’s main cultural attractions.  More than 30,000 people enjoyed the myriad of edutainment activities, exhibitions, theatre, music and dance from the Tritons Fountain Square, along City Gate, Parliament Foyer, De Valette Square, Castille Square and spreading to Spazju Kreattiv, Il-Muza, and Palazzo Parisio.

Amidst laughter, explosions, fire, dinosaurs, science, magic, film and dance, the people were entertained by the unexpected that engaged all the senses, in this celebration of science and research.

“We celebrated the eighth edition of Science in the City festival with performances and hands-on activities that kept both adults and children excited through the sheer diversity of experiences,” said Edward Duca, Science in the City Festival Manager, “which helps citizens meet people in research while having a fun and entertaining evening that we hope will, with other events, inspire people to think critically and take a brave step towards a STEM career”.

Science in the City is part of the EU-wide celebration- European Researchers’ Night. It is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 Program of the EU, and a number of corporate sponsors. It is recognized as a Festival by Europe for Festivals and Festivals for Europe (EFFE)

Science in the City consortium is led by the University of Malta, Malta Chamber of Scientists and the University’s Research Trust (RIDT), in partnership with Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Employment, MCAST, Esplora, JUGS Ltd, Studio 7, BPC International, GSD Marketing Ltd, Aquabiotech Ltd, MEUSAC, PBS, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta Local Council, Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, More or Less Theatre, Transport Malta, Kreattiv and Creative Communities of the Arts Council Malta.