EMBL builds on links with Malta

EMBL deepens scientific collaboration, opening the door for greater engagement and opportunities for Malta’s life science community

A graphic showing the logos of EMBL and the University of Malta
Over recent years there have been a number of events bringing together researchers from the University of Malta with EMBL scientists. Such opportunities will increase as a result of this new agreement. Credit: Holly Joynes/EMBL

EMBL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Malta, boosting an already vibrant relationship between the country’s research community and Europe’s flagship life science organisation. Previous interactions include training in Genome Biology, organised in collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Employment and the Department of Applied Biomedical Science of the University of Malta, as well as joint research and Maltese student visits to EMBL sites in both Heidelberg and Hinxton.

The new agreement aims to further stimulate mutually beneficial scientific and academic exchange across multiple life research areas related to Infection Biology, Human Ecosystems, Planetary Biology, and Data Sciences, and is fully aligned with EMBL’s current programme, Molecules to Ecosystems. This highly collaborative  programme, launched earlier this year and running until 2026, comes at a time of major global challenges. It aims to advance our understanding of ecosystems at the molecular level, as well as exploring life in the context of changing environments. The new programme capitalises on international cooperation to enhance access to research tools that are important assets for the scientific community in Malta.

Speaking following the signing of the new agreement, EMBL Director General Edith Heard said, “Our combined efforts and research focus laid the foundation of this MoU, and we are confident that it will further boost scientific and institutional cooperation. With the launch of EMBL’s new and ambitious Programme, we are very happy to be joined in this endeavour by our Maltese friends and collaborators. I am certain that this agreement will encourage new projects and initiatives with the University of Malta, enhancing the participation of Maltese scientists in new areas of joint research to strengthen scientific potential in Malta.”

The University of Malta, which traces its origins back to the 16th century, is the leading higher education institution in the country. It aims to provide world-class research and education, as well as contributing to the social, economic, and industrial well-being of the island, often in collaboration with international academic institutions. Current research units at the University include, amongst many others, research groups on bioinformatics, climate research, and marine geology and seafloor surveying, as well as research platforms on data science, maritime affairs, and bioethics. The University is also a member of the SEA-EU European University Alliance comprising 9 partners from different European Union member states.

Commenting on the new agreement, University Rector Professor Alfred Vella said, “This MoU boosts and solidifies the association between EMBL and the University of Malta’s academics and researchers, who are active in the field of life sciences. I am confident that this agreement will lead to increased research, training, and scientific cooperation with EMBL, a worldwide leader of biological expertise, thereby pushing forward UM’s vision of engaging in world-class research that contributes to the benefits of humanity.”

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