Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara: Launch of PRIMA Network, 21 November, 2017

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is organising a networking and information event for researchers that are interested in applying for calls within the PRIMA Initiative.

The overall objective of the PRIMA programme is to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for water management and provision and agri-food systems in the Mediterranean region, to make them more climate resilient, efficient, cost effective and sustainable and to contribute to an upstream solution of water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health and well-being. The first call for the submission of research and innovation action projects is envisaged to open in early 2018.

Further information about the PRIMA Initiative can be found in the following link:



Draft Agenda

09:00               Registration and Welcome Coffee 

09:30               Welcome address

                        Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando – Executive Chairman MCST

Malta Council for Science and Technology

09:45               General Introduction to the PRIMA Initiative

                        Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of PRIMA Board of Trustees

10:15               State of play of the PRIMA Programme, Roadmap & first Calls

                        Dr. Octavi Quintana Trias, MD, MPH, Director of PRIMA Secretariat

10:45               Networking coffee break


                        Breakout session 1

11:15               National Rules for Participation

Ms Corinne Muscat Terribile, Policy & Strategy Executive, MCST

Marco Orlando – Policy and Strategy Executive MCST, Ian Gauci Borda – Project Manager MCST

11:30               Information on successful projects from similar Initiatives (ARIMNet2)

                        Dr. Mario V Balzan, Maltese partner in ARIMNet2 DIVERCROP project

11:45               Information on successful projects from similar initiatives (ERANETMED)

                        Dr. Brian Azzopardi, Maltese partner in ERANETMED EdGeWise and 3DMGrid projects

12:00               Open discussion for questions


Breakout session 2

11:15               Ambassador’s Briefing

                        Dr. James Foden – Senior Director MCST, Ms Nadine Castillo – Director Policy and Strategy MCST, Mr Ian Gauci Borda – Project Manager MCST

12:15               Pre-lunch drinks


12:45              Networking Lunch    


For further information and to register your participation please send an email to Ms Roselyn Mifsud until

14th November 2017.  Places are limited and on first come first served basis.