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August 2016 - Science of Love

There are several forms of love, different states of being and relationships. Each person has different perspectives and opinions on this topic. Scientists have also tried to find out how people are attracted to each other and what changes love has on us.

Some of the science covered will include the neuroscience, genetics and chemistry behind love. How does Oxytocin affect the brain? Is it more than chemicals which allow us to bond more to other human beings? How does the socio-emotional aspect affect oxytocin levels in the brain? Is there a dark aspect of love we are not aware of?

Cafe Scientifique is an activity of the Malta Chamber of Scientists. Sponsors include Sammy’s (by Culinary Forward Malta), Evenings on Campus, University of Malta and Kunsill Kulturali Universitarja.

Entrance is against donation. For every €5, you will get a Free Drink and a chance to Win a Dinner for Two at Sammy's (by Culinary Forward Malta). Donations will go to the Research Trust of the University of Malta (RIDT)

Place: Quadrangle, University of Malta Msida
Date: 7th August
Time: Starts at 8.00pm (Doors open at 7.45pm)

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Science in the House 2016

Call for Applications

5th Annual Science in the House Exhibition
Thursday 29th September 2016

Scientists from all research disciplines and sectors are invited for participation in the fifth annual Science in the House exhibition. Science in the House is the official opening event of the prestigious Science festival Science in the City, European Researchers’ Night on Friday 30 September. The exhibition is scheduled for the late morning of Thursday 29 September. The format is a media event showcasing the exciting scientific research at the University of Malta, and elsewhere in Malta, for discussion with Members of Parliament. The event will be held in the New Parliament Building in Valletta.

Submission of application forms is now open. The one-page application form can be found below. Application forms are to be written in language understandable to a non-specialist. The deadline for submission is Friday 15 July 2016.

Participation is subject to peer-review. The evaluation panel will consider the quality of the application, research excellence based on high-impact journal publications, training of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and social and economic impact of the research. Selected participants are to submit a manuscript for publication to a special issue of Xjenza Online (

The event is part-financed by the Framework Program of the European Commission (Horizon 2020) and organised by the Malta Chamber of Scientists, and the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta, on behalf of the Science in the City consortium. The event is hosted by the Hon. Dr. Anġlu Farrugia, The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Click here for application form...Science in the House 2016

Xjenza Online - Vol. 4 Issue 1 - July 2016 Out Now!

Xjenza Volume 4, Issue 1 - July 2016

Xjenza is the Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists and is published by the Chamber in electronic format. Xjenza is a peer-reviewed, open access international journal. The scope of the journal encompasses research articles, original research reports, reviews, short communications and scientific commentaries in all fields of science.

After receiving a bit of a face lift we are pleased to announce that the second issue in the New Online Series has just been published and currently available as open access. The full Journal can be downloaded here, or you may wish to access individual articles here.