The project Pri-Sci-Net was presented to thePresident of Malta, Hon. Dr. George Abela during an official visit to The Malta Council for Science and Technology. The President was greeted by local researchers and staff and given a tour of the various science related projects and funding administered by the Council. Pri-Sci-Net was one of the chosen representative projects of the current 118 FP Funded project in Malta. MCST actively participates in 36 of these projects.
An official visit from the Hon. Dr. George Abela, President of the Republic of Malta was received at The Malta Council for Science and Technology on the 8th of March 2012. The date symbolising International Women’s Day (Jum in-Nisa’) was also set to mark the president’s commitments and activities as part of the celebration of Workers’ Day (locally known as ‘Jum il-Haddiem’).
Dr. Abela was greeted at the Council’s entrance by the Board of Directors and later guided to the main hall where he was met by numerous local researchers. The walls of the hall were lined with posters depicting the various projects being undertaken and each researcher was given the opportunity to briefly introduce their area of interest and project. Pri-Sci-Net was one of the projects included. Dr. Suzanne Gatt explained how the project aims to promote inquiry-based learning in science among young children between the ages of 3-11 years.
Hon. MEP. Dr. J. Pullicino Orlando addressed those present and in particular thanked the president for his interest and enthusiasm in the area. He spoke of the importance of this sector for the local economy and the continued intellectual growth of the island which, he said, is one of Malta’s greatest assets before inviting The President to say a few words. Hon. Dr. Abela spoke of his delight as seeing such enthusiasm emongst the crowd present. Whilst acknowledging that he himself is not a keen scientist, he spoke with deep admiration for the field and the combined effort of all those working in it noting that they do this for the benefit of the whole of Malta and in Global interest.
Hon. MEP Dr. J. Pullicino Orlando and CEO Dr. N. Sammut then invited The President to a reception prepared to mark this event. Local Researchers, MCST staff members, the President’s entourage and the press were invited to the event.