Networking

Promoting research, networking on nature-based solutions

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo (centre) addressing the project launch in the presence of (from left) project coordinator Mario Balzan, parliamentary secretary Clifton Grima, Mcast principal James Calleja and deputy principal Alex Rizzo.

The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) is coordinating a €1 million Horizon 2020 funded project aimed at deve­loping a research strategy in nature-based solutions, training and networking events, including international PhD summer schools, to promote research excellence in the field.

Nature-based solutions, such as urban green spaces, walls and roofs, contribute to improve human well-being and help tackle environmental challenges such as by reducing air pollution and flood risk, limiting the environmental impact of urbanisation and increasing biodiversity in cities.

The project partners include Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, the University of Trento, Italy, the University of East Anglia, UK, and Pensoft Publishers, Bulgaria. The multidisciplinary team of professionals from the project partners incorporates expertise in agricultural and fisheries sciences, environmental sciences and management, health sciences and engineering and information technology.

The multidisciplinary team of professionals from the project partners incorporates expertise in agricultural and fisheries sciences, environmental sciences and management, health sciences and engineering and information technology

Through the project Mcast will build on the research initiatives it has carried out in the sector over the past years and will strive to promote Malta as a research leader on a regional and international level.

ReNature has been funded by grants received from the EU Horizon 2020 programme by the Malta Council for Science and Technology through the ARIMNet2 Joint Initiative.

The project is also supported by the European Commission in the framework of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Green Infrastructure Strategy. Key policy stakeholders are also involved.

The project was recently launched at the Institute for Applied Sciences at Mcast’s main campus in Paola by the Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. Project coordinator Mario Balzan gave an overview of ReNature’s objectives and timeline of events. The launch was also addressed by Mcast principal James Calleja and deputy principal Alex Rizzo in the presence of parliamentary secretary Clifton Grima.

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