05 Sep Science at Spazju Kreattiv
Science Theatre: Dementia series — Theatre Room
6.30, 8, 9.30pm I’m still here
Acclaimed group Teatru Anon will be performing I’m Still Here, one woman’s battle with a life threatening condition. But what comes to mind when you mention Dementia? Forgetful, fragile, “not there”, no longer in control… ? I Am Still Here reminds us that anyone afflicted with Dementia has come through a journey. A life full of exciting, joyful (and painful!) experiences and relationships, thoughts and emotions have shaped that person and that life deserves to be celebrated. The visible effects of this cruel disease, which is affecting increasing numbers of people, are all too obvious; the challenge is to look beyond them and see the person within—struggling, forgetting but still there. Performance part of the Science Theatre: Dementia series.
2 Oct at Notte Bianca
7.30pm Il-Masġar tal-Allat Siekta
Masgar Dementia PlayIl-Masġar tal-Allat Siekta brings together acclaimed actor Joseph Galea and writer/scientist Charles Scerri. Their socio-cultural-educational project centres on a family of three grappling with the diagnosis and aftermath of Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of dementia. It is based on Dr Scerri’s experiences with individuals with dementia and their caregivers as they struggle with daily life. The script interweaves the disease’s progression, while the various monologues reflect society’s stigma against mental disease. A short discussion of approximately 30 minutes on the subject will follow the project representation. Performance part of the Science Theatre: Dementia series.
CineXjenza — On Alzheimer’s (30 Sep)
9pm — Still Alice (film)
10.45pm — Discussion with Prof. Charles Scerri
In CineXjenza cinema meets science by sparking discussions after a film. Keeping with the festival’s theme, in Still Alice, Dr Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. Becoming lost while jogging is one of the first signs of her needing to face a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice’s three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. Following the screening, Dr Charles Scerri will discuss with the audience the science behind Alzheimers disease. Scerri is the co-founder and general secretary of the Malta Dementia Society, Honorary Secretary of Alzheimer Europe and member of the Mediterranean Alzheimer Alliance.
Malta Cafe Scientifique, Best of (30 Sep)
7.30–8.30pm Machine Learning Xinhu?
8.30–9.30pm Brain Oscillations in Epilepsy
9.30–10.45pm Deep Abyss
Theatre Room, Cinema Room, Music Room (Studio B), St James Cavalier
The best of Malta Café Scientifique brings the most exciting talks of the popular talk series to Science in the City. At 7.30pm Mike Rosner discusses Machine Learning Xinhu? At 8.30pm Dr Janet Mifsud and Dr Anna Micallef discuss Brain Oscillations in Epilepsy. Dr Aaron Micallef finishes off from 9.30pm onwards chatting about deep sea freshwater reservoirs found around the Mediterranean.