Programme

R&I Expo 20th - 21st December

Opening Ceremony

Opening speeches by guests & organisers
Location: Auditorium
08:30
Prof Joachim James Calleja

Principal and CEO
MCAST

09:00
Dr Alex Rizzo

Deputy Principal of Research & Innovation
MCAST

09:15
Dr Clifford De Raffaele

Director of Research & Innovation
MCAST

Day One 20th December 2021

Emerging Technology and Creative Innovation
Location: Conference Hall 1
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Mr Conrad Vassallo Director of the IICT

09:40
Talk ETCI#1-1-2

Title: A study into the design of an autonomous sea-faring drone for the collection of floating waste plastics from ports and harbours. Speakers: Mark Theuma,Suzanne Psaila

09:55
Talk ETCI#1-1-3

Title: RELAR - Remote learning and examination by using AR in maritime VET education Speakers: Christian Camilleri,

10:10
Talk ETCI#1-1-4

Title: The adaptation of comic language to digital platforms: The creation of a graphic novel for print and online Speakers: Simon Callus,

10:40
Talk ETCI#1-1-5

Title: Personalised Semantic User Interfaces for Games Speakers: Owen Sacco,

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk ETCI#1-2-7

Title: Chatbot in Education as an Assistant Tutor Speakers: Silvio Nocilla,

11:45
Talk ETCI#1-2-8

Title: Days Blending Together Speakers: Angela Cassar ,

12:00
Talk ETCI#1-2-9

Title: Ultrasonic data transmission link for microscale chloride ion detection sensors. Speakers: Stephen Sammut,

12:15
Talk ETCI#1-2-10

Title: Heightening Sustainable Innovation in Our HEIs and Societies Speakers: Gonca Kara,

12:30
Talk ETCI#1-2-11

Title: Development of a hypervelocity impacts facility at MCAST Speakers: Dr Leonardo Barilaro,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

14:00
Talk ETCI#1-3-13

Title: AEROTOX – The application of WRF-Chem for Dust Prediction Speakers: Dr Ing. Joseph A. Zammit

14:20
Talk ETCI#1-3-14

Title: Integrated Simulation and Assessment in Donning and Doffing for Healthcare Professionals (ISADD) Speakers: Daren Scerri,Neville Schembri,Gerard Said Pullicino

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

15:30
Workshop: Robotic Arm and Computer Vision: An introduction to AI

Start: 15:30 End: 16:30

Social Well-being, Sports and Health
Location: Conference Hall 2
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Ms Ann Marie Cassar Director of the ICS

09:40
Talk SWSH#1-1-2

Title: Emotional Eating, Stress and Coping in College Students during the COVID-19 pandemic Speakers: Daniela Cassola,

09:55
Talk SWSH#1-1-3

Title: Boutique Hotels in the Three Cities – what would make locals prefer boutique hotels in this area of Malta over other areas and over five-star luxury hotels? Speakers: Paul Camilleri,

10:10
Talk SWSH#1-1-4

Title: Schizophrenia and its co-morbidities: A financial burden on the healthcare system Speakers: Christina Agius,Fiorella Borg

10:30
Talk SWSH#1-1-5

Title: Support received by clinical mentors in undergraduate nursing education. Speakers: Jonathan Vella,Marisa Vella,Kevin Holmes,Francesca Micallef

10:50
Talk SWSH#1-1-6

Title: Sport, Small States and Malta: A Qualitative Case Study Speakers: Corissa Vella White,

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk SWSH#1-2-8

Title: 'Wait until dark' - a study of the theme of fear in theatre Speakers: Tyrone Grima,

11:45
Talk SWSH#1-2-9

Title: Exploring the role and function of chaplaincy services in MCAST (Malta College for Arts Science and Technology). Speakers: David Callaby Floridia,

12:00
Talk SWSH#1-2-10

Title: Preparations for Social Research on The Experience of Educators in Malta who Identify as LGBTQ+: a Longitudinal Study Speakers: Heathcliff Schembri,Kenny Muscat

12:15
Talk SWSH#1-2-11

Title: Examining the effect of Government Expenditure in Education on Income Inequality: A Panel Data approach Speakers: Ayrton Zarb,

12:30
Talk SWSH#1-2-12

Title: Simple Pin-Plate Electrode Configuration for Targeted Electroporation Speakers: Anoop Menachery,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

14:00
Talk SWSH#1-3-14

Title: The Role of Physical Education in promoting Mental Health and Well-Being - the perception of PE teachers and Sports lecturers Speakers: Anna Maria Gatt,

14:20
Talk SWSH#1-3-15

Title: Youths in Supported Accommodation (in Malta) Speakers: Joanna Abela Cassar,Christopher Bonnici,Janice Fenech Scicluna

14:40
Talk SWSH#1-3-16

Title: InclusiPHE - Erasmus+ Project Speakers: Antonella Brincat,

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Quality Pedagogy and Effective Learning
Location: Conference Hall 3
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Ms Paula Grech Bonnici Director of IAS

09:40
Talk QPEL#1- 1-2

Title: Investigating SoB as an online educator during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on virtual-based teaching: An Autoethnography Speakers: Cassandra Sturgeon Delia,

09:55
Talk QPEL#1- 1-3

Title: Challenges and Suggestions to Deliver a Degree in a Prison Context: An adaptation of a current BA in Fine Art. Speakers: Pierre Mifsud,Carmen Aquilina

10:10
Talk QPEL#1- 1-4

Title: Building Innovation Work Behavior- Curriculum Speakers: Robert Cassar,

10:25
Talk QPEL#1- 1-5

Title: Is Block-Based Programming an Effective Teaching Tool? Speakers: Oriana Ebejer,

10:40
Talk QPEL#1- 1-6

Title: Preventing Dropping Out in Post-Secondary Education (focusing on lower levels at ICS) Speakers: Marilyn Pace Mintoff,

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk QPEL#1- 2-8

Title: Long-term cooperation and training within the aquaculture sector Speakers: Kimberly Terribile,

11:45
Talk QPEL#1- 2-9

Title: Embracing an Inclusive Practice in the Early Childhood Cycle - Educators' Perspectives Speakers: Christine Schembri,

12:00
Talk QPEL#1- 2-10

Title: DASARTS in Malta Speakers: Rochelle Gatt,

12:15
Talk QPEL#1- 2-11

Title: The Record Producer in Maltese Popular Music Speakers: Rene' Mamo

12:30
Talk QPEL#1- 2-12

Title: Gender Equality Teaching in Early Years Speakers: Beverley Abela Gatt,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

14:00
Talk QPEL#1- 3-14

Title: The impact of Enterprise Education on Students pursuing Professional Higher Education in Malta: A Grounded Theory Study Speakers: Ronald Aquilina,Alex Rizzo

14:20
Talk QPEL#1- 3-15

Title: Factors Contributing to the?Formation of Education?Student Identities as Future Professionals Speakers: Dr Nadia Maria Vassallo,Kenny Muscat

14:40
Talk QPEL#1- 3-16

Title: Improving Geriatric Patient Satisfaction: Development of a High-Fidelity E-learning Simulation Course to Develop Intercultural Skills in Geriatric Patient Care - GNurseSim Speakers: Neville Schembri,

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Environmental and Cultural Sustainability
Location: Auditorium
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Dr Mario Cardona Deputy Principal VPET-Technology and Applied Sciences

09:40
Talk ECS#1-1-2

Title: Are dolphins on the increase? Integrating Scientific and Local Ecological Knowledge Speakers: Kimberly Terribile,

10:00
Talk ECS#1-1-3

Title: Continuous Assessment of Pollutants and Environmental events via Satellite data (CAPES) Speakers: Frankie Inguanez,Darren Scerri,Juan Jose Bonello

10:20
Talk ECS#1-1-4

Title: Maltese wooden balconies: a technical and scientific study. Speakers: Michael Formosa,

10:40
Talk ECS#1-1-5

Title: The EIT Urban Mobility Hub: Promoting a transition in transport in Malta Speakers: Suzanne Maas,

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk ECS#1-2-7

Title: The use of mycorrhizae and biodegradable mulch in Maltese agriculture. Speakers: John Galea,

11:45
Talk ECS#1-2-8

Title: Gigging-4-Living - Supporting creative solutions to sustain artists working in the gig economy Speakers: Christine Zerafa,Christine Vella,Moritz Zavan Stoeckle

12:00
Talk ECS#1-2-9

Title: Assessing climate and environmental risks for the Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems Speakers: Mario Victor Balzan,

12:15
Talk ECS#1-2-10

Title: Pre-processing Water Consumption Data Speakers: Andrew Cortis,Alex Rizzo,Christian Camilleri,Stephan Riolo

12:30
Talk ECS#1-2-11

Title: The Development of Pandemic Art : 1300-1900 Speakers: Clint Calleja,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

15:30
Workshop: Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing: Can PE be the catalyst?

Start: 15:30 End: 16:30

Day Two 21st December 2021

Emerging Technology and Creative Innovation
Location: Conference Hall 1
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Ing Stephen Sammut Director of the IET

09:40
Talk ETCI#2-1-2

Title: Robotics and AI courses in the classroom Speakers: Thomas Gatt,

09:55
Talk ETCI#2-1-3

Title: The Hydrodynamics of Multiphase Swirl-Induced Flows Speakers: Darren Mifsud,

10:10
Talk ETCI#2-1-4

Title: Virtual Reality Learning environment for Schizophrenia Speakers: Mark Spiteri,

10:25
Talk ETCI#2-1-5

Title: Erasmus+ ECOdesign4EU: Training Contents and Joint VET Qualifications on Ecodesign for Creative and Cultural Industries Speakers: Owen Sacco,

10:45
Talk ETCI#2-1-6

Title: The Impact of the Developments of Printing on the Decoration of Books of Hours as Illustrated in Examples found in Collections in Malta Speakers: Martina Caruana

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk ETCI#2-2-8

Title: Bus ID System Aiding Visually Impaired Persons Speakers: Joseph Attard,

11:45
Talk ETCI#2-2-9

Title: The Electric Vehicle Scenario Speakers: Malcolm Caligari Conti,

12:15
Talk ETCI#2-2-10

Title: Applied Research in Electric Vehicles (EV) Speakers: Andy Bugeja,

12:30
Talk ETCI#2-2-11

Title: IoT and Drones for Agriculture Speakers: Steve Zerafa,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Social Well-being, Sports and Health
Location: Conference Hall 2
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Dr Tatjana Chircop Deputy Principal VPET-Arts and Social Sciences

09:35
Talk SWSH#2-1-2

Title: Queering Francis of Assisi Speakers: Tyrone Grima,

09:55
Talk SWSH#2-1-3

Title: Investigating Modifiable Health Behaviours in MCAST Students Speakers: Johann Zarb,

10:15
Talk SWSH#2-1-4

Title: Promoting Physical Activity and Sport Participation with Individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID) in an Inclusive Setting. Speakers: Amanda Dimech ,

10:30
Talk SWSH#2-1-5

Title: Educator’s Experiences of Managing Workplace Stress and Burnout in a Post-Secondary Vocational Institution Speakers: Luke Mallia Azzopardi,

10:45
Talk SWSH#2-1-6

Title: Exploring new pathways of gainful employment for Persons with Intellectual disabilities within the Tourism sector in Malta: Promoting cultural tourism and ethical dining for locals and tourists. A Feasibility study. Speakers: David Callaby Floridia,

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk SWSH#2-2-8

Title: A systematic review of the association of religiousness to children's prosocial behaviour. Speakers: Isabelle Zammit,

11:45
Talk SWSH#2-2-9

Title: MCAST Journal of Applied Research & Practice – Special Issue on Sport, Exercise & Health Speakers: Renzo Kerr-Cumbo,

12:00
Talk SWSH#2-2-10

Title: Mental health and social media: The lived experiences of MCAST students Speakers: Matthew Borg ,

12:15
Talk SWSH#2-2-11

Title: Healthy Dating Speakers: Delicia Farrugia ,Sherika Micallef Seychell

12:30
Talk SWSH#2-2-12

Title: Complementing Collaborative Practices: A Case Study in a Secondary Church School Setting Speakers: Heathcliff Schembri,Claire Sciberras

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Quality Pedagogy and Effective Learning
Location: Conference Hall 3
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Dr Martina Caruana Director of the ICA

09:40
Talk QPEL#2- 1-2

Title: Encouraging Multicultural Education through Modern Outdoor Sustainable Set-ups for Early Childhood Speakers: Simone Restall,

10:00
Talk QPEL#2- 1-3

Title: The Role of Entrepreneurship as a subject in Vocational Education and Training Context: Taking MCAST as a case study Speakers: Ivan Briffa,David Pace

10:20
Talk QPEL#2- 1-4

Title: EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub Speakers: Nika Levikov,Suzanne Maas,Gonca Kara

10:40
Talk QPEL#2- 1-5

Title: The acceptance of learning management systems and video conferencing technologies: Lessons learned from COVID-19 Speakers: Adriana Camilleri,Mark Camilleri

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk QPEL#2- 2-7

Title: Enhancing Student Engagement Through Application of an Integrated Simulation and Assessment in Donning and Doffing for Healthcare Professionals (iSADD) Speakers: Neville Schembri,Phyllis Farrugia Abanifi,Jonathan Vella,Dorianne Cachia

11:55
Talk QPEL#2- 2-8

Title: TRinE - Telepresence Robots in Education Speakers: Andre Attard,Clifford De Raffaele,Edwin Zammir,Abduarahman Bazena

12:15
Talk QPEL#2- 2-9

Title: Triggers of Worry and Stress in Young Students: Presenting Findings Speakers: Melanie Darmanin,

12:35
Talk QPEL#2- 2-10

Title: Writing that dissertation: exploring the academic writing challenges of undergraduate IBMC students Speakers: Melissa Joan Bagley,

12:50
Talk QPEL#2- 2-11

Title: Reinventing the teaching of mathematics post-COVID-19 Speakers: Marouska Zahra Micallef,

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Environmental and Cultural Sustainability
Location: Auditorium
09:30
Welcome Address

Speaker: Ing Karl Camilleri Deputy Director of the IBMC

09:40
Talk ECS#2-1-2

Title: The media preferences of Maltese Millennials Speakers: Carmelina Frendo ,

10:00
Talk ECS#2-1-3

Title: A preliminary study on the effect of different feeding regimes on the physiochemical characteristics of local sheep’s milk. Speakers: Joseph Jason Abela,

10:20
Talk ECS#2-1-4

Title: Flight over fields; bats and birds in Mediterranean agricultural landscapes Speakers: Ian Falzon,

10:40
Talk ECS#2-1-5

Title: Identification of selection criteria for the Black Maltese Chicken breeding program Speakers: Paul Spiteri,Robert Debono

11:00
Coffee Break

Start: 11:00 End: 11:30

11:30
Talk ECS#2-2-7

Title: Recognition of Underutilised Maltese Marine Species Speakers: Kimberly Terribile,Juan Jose Bonello,Daren Scerri,Frankie Inguanez

11:50
Talk ECS#2-2-8

Title: IMPACT - Identifying Microplastic Hotspots in the Maltese Waters Speakers: Juan Jose Bonello,Frederick Lia

12:20
Talk ECS#2-2-9

Title: MCAST Energy contribution towards EU 2050 climate-neutral vision Speakers: Brian Azzopardi,Somesh Bhattacharya,Marcin Pinczynski

13:00
Lunch Break

Start: 13:00 End: 14:00

14:00
Workshop: A Systems Approach to Solutions

Start: 14:00 End: 16:30

15:00
Coffee Break

Start: 15:00 End: 15:30

Closing Ceremony

Closing speeches by guests & organisers
Location: Auditorium
13:00
Hon Dr Owen Bonnici

Minister
Ministry for equality research and innovation

13:15
Prof Joachim James Calleja

Principal and CEO
MCAST