MEUSAC participates in Science in the City Festival 2020

29 November 2020

The storybook about the European Union, ‘Mas-Siġra tal-Ballut’ and a Horizon 2020 funded project were featured in a virtual event in this year’s digital format of the festival.

During the event, held on Sunday, November 29, Communications and Events Manager, Joe Sciberras and Prof. Adrian Francalanza, associate professor of ICT at the University of Malta explained to viewers how the European Union engages, empowers and enables active citizenship through its values and through the support of initiatives in research and applied science in everyday life.

The first part of the activity consisted of a reading session of the storybook ‘Mas-Siġra tal-Ballut’, recently published by MEUSAC and Europe Direct Valletta, about the daily life of six different animals and how they manage to live together despite their differences. The book  brings out how the EU’s motto, ‘United in Diversity’ can be practised in everyday life through the common European values of Respect, Solidarity, Equality, Democracy, Freedom, and Rule of Law.

Prof. Adrian Francalanza, associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta, then explained how the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme supports his research project, “BehAPI: Behavioural Application Programming Interfaces (API)”. Augmented APIs are used in software components to make different elements of applications work together and organise the complexity of a system so that complicated actions can be handled in a simple way, without users even knowing.

More information here.

Background
The Science in the City Festival (known in Europe as the European Researchers’ Night) is funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

It is a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the public. The festival provides researchers the opportunity to showcase the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, and to stimulate interest in research careers – especially among young people. The events highlight how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding programme support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality.

The Marie Curie actions also support cooperation between industry and academia and innovative training to enhance employability and career development.

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