In bid to highlight the scope of the WestMED Initiative within the context of deriving policy particularly for the post 2020 period, the National Hub has participated on the 15 November in an event organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) on the future of smart specialisation within the marine focus group.
The Malta National Hub presented on the 18 October, at Malta Marittima premises in Blata il-Bajda, Malta, the WestMED Initiative to the cluster Members, which include university academics, entrepreneurs and policymakers.
An overview of the funding opportunities was provided, focusing mainly on open and upcoming calls with regards to Interreg, ENI, JPI Oceans, Horizon 2020 and the BBI JU, LIFE and COSME programmes.
The Malta National Hub was invited to make an intervention on the WestMED Initiative in the INSULEUR event that took place on the 24 October, at Grand Hotel in Gozo, Malta.
This event brought together participants and speakers from the European Commission, MEPs, members of the Economic and Social Committee, members of the Committee of Regions and representatives of Insular Municipalities, which amongst other themes discussed Blue Growth and Islands.
The event was organised on the 1 October at AquaBioTech Group Premises in Mosta, Malta, as part of a series of Blue Biotechnology events across Europe during the European Biotech Week.
The event, which attracted participants from the academia, public institutions and entrepreneurs with an interest in the blue biotech sector, served as opportunity for the Malta NH to present the WestMED Initiative.
The Final Blue Energy Lab of the Maestrale Project took place at AquaBioTech, Mosta, on the 20 September.
The event provided interesting insights on the blue energy sector, through a training session on entrepreneurship, energy technologies, legal framework and funding opportunities.
During the event, the two pilot projects for Malta, that are being carried out through the Maestrale Project, were presented. These consist of a marine thermal energy system and biofuels production from algae.
On 4 June, our National Hub Malta attended the AMAre workshop.
The event was organised by the Physical Oceanography Research Group, in which the work of the AMAre project was introduced.
It brought together stakeholders within the Malta North-East Marine Protected Area (MPA) to build dialogue and awareness on common issues.
The National Hub took this opportunity to meet stakeholders in the marine and maritime sector and to disseminate information on the WestMED Initiative.
On 30 August, Stephanie Vella met with the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality to discuss the priorities of the WestMED initiative and how these priorities could possible feed into discussions on the next programming period.
Our National Hub Malta attended on 1 August a presentation delivered on the Interreg Med MAESTRALE project.
An interesting presentation on the Perspectives on Blue Energy Deployment in Malta Potentialities , Criticalities & Barriers for Use of Algae was delivered during the event.
During the BlueInvest Conference held in Malta on 28 January 2019, the National Hub set up around 10 meetings. These included meetings with national stakeholders, such as the Malta Council for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), the Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Malta, NinajMoba Ltd and the University Maritime Platform as well as meetings with stakeholders from other western Mediterranean countries, such as the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) and Liguria Ricerche S.p.A..
On January 14th, 2019, the Maltese National Hub has held a meeting with the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) which is tasked with coordinating several funding programmes, including the Joint Programme Initiatives (JPI) – Oceans and the Horizon 2020.