The relationship between science and politics is the prelude to the opening of Science in the City, which starts tomorrow in Valletta. In Parliament, researchers from various sectors discussed with politicians the contribution which they are giving to society’s development.
A number of researchers and scholars discussed the developments in the scientific filed with politicians in order for them to have a sounder basis on which to make their decisions. The meeting led by Speaker of the House Anglu Farrugia forms part of the seventh edition of Science in the City. An exhibition was also put up to explain the research carried out on 16 different projects. A number of themes are being studied including technology used in medicine, climate change, electronics, the treatment of cancer and conservation.
During this activity, it was announced that the University of Malta has issued 60 thousand Euro to carry out research about a national framework for the English language and biodiversity. Two other projects will deal with Automatic Recognition of Spoken Maltese and with diabetes.
Prof Carmen Sammut explained that this research is required for the country to face the challenges it has ahead. She also urged for more research into human and social sciences.
Speaker Farrugia described researchers as altruistic people because they are improving the lives of others. He called on politicians not to ignore scientific research and appealed for research into the human effects caused by digital communication.