During this ICPS there will be a two-hour slot for workshops which will offer an interactive way of learning.
Workshop 1 (Hall B1)
Gateway 2 Science: A Database for Academia (11:30-13:00)
by David Jacome, St. John’s University
Our project involves connecting all levels of students to science. Members gain the opportunity to interact with others without having to leave the comfort of their schools or home country. Through the Portal, a door is automatically opened linking students to projects worldwide and expanding their knowledge on interdisciplinary science subjects each day on newer technologies in different countries. Within the database, we will have three role categories: Student, Instructor, and Professional. The student database will consist of about 1 million profiles from science students all over the world. Every student profile will have a picture, marketplace, research work, resumes, and previous experiences. Students will be able to transfer information from LinkedIn directly onto our platform. Instructors will have a similar database as students, but will be able to search for students in an effort to recruit them to projects, or research. The Professional role will allow schools to connect on our platform to plan events, post jobs, recruit students or instructors to there schools, and much more. We went from calling the idea Science Connection to Physics Connection to Physics Portals, and finally have a name we can all like – Gateway 2 Science: It’s a New Way to Stay Connected!
Workshop 2 (Hall B2)
Let's talk science (11:30-13:00)
by Edward Duca, University of Malta
The amount of STEM graduates around Europe has remained level for a decade while jobs have increased. In addition STEM graduates can lack communication and team working skills. A key need is the ability to present effectively to various audiences, be it when trying to inspire the next generation of researchers or presenting a conference keynote conveying the latest research.
There are countless resources outlining key public speaking tips. However, there can be a significant time lag between learning this theory and practicing it. Public speaking is a skill that requires practice, coupled with reflection and constructive criticism in order to perfect. The workshop will combine the theory behind effective public speaking. This will be coupled with practicing the newly found knowledge building on constructive criticism to rapidly improve communication skills.
Workshop 3 (Quadrangle)
#FilKcinaMaTonna: An introduction to Maltese cuisine (11:30-13:00)
by Antonella Cutajar and Anita Farrugia, University of Malta
Satisfied your hunger for knowledge? Now it’s time to state your hunger for hearty and authentic Maltese food! Join Antonella and Anita as they take you through delicious world of Maltese cuisine. Dust off your aprons and/or lab coats and get ready to get your hands messy.
Warning: not suitable for the unadventurous or those with high blood pressure.