05 Sep Science Debates
7pm — IVF: What are the facts?
8pm — Euthanasia: An enemy or ally?
9pm — Organ donation: The science and ethics
10pm — Overcoming mental illness
National Library, behind Pjazza Regina
Controversial debates that touch upon some important science, organised by GħSL and INSITE
IVF: What are the facts? (7pm)
Science keeps on providing new alternative solutions to facilitate reproduction. IVF offers infertile couples a chance to have a child who is biologically related to them. However an IVF cycle isn’t always successful and parties might have to undergo more than one cycle of treatment. This treatment has given rise to many controversies, some advocating in favour while others vehemently reiterating the disadvantages of such a treatment. The scientific and ethical aspect of IVF will be debated on the night.
Euthanasia: An enemy or ally? (8pm)
Euthanasia has recently become a hot topic in Malta. The debate is whether it should be legalised. Euthanasia can painlessly hasten a patient’s death when they are experiencing a hopeless and agonising disease or is in an irreversible state of coma. This practise is illegal in most countries including Malta. Speakers from various fields (legal, medical and ethical) will present their arguments to the public whilst discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having euthanasia introduced into Maltese law.
Organ donation: The science and ethics (9pm)
What are the true benefits of organ donation? What actually happens when organs are donated to others in need of them? What are the success stories that have emerged from organ donation? How does the donor card work in Malta? Who has the ultimate right to come to the final decision; the patient, the relatives or the medics? Come and Ask these questions or others to our panel of NGOs, medics and individuals whose family members have agreed to donate their organs.
Overcoming mental illness (10pm)
Coming to terms with a mental condition is one thing, but overcoming it is another. Apart from acknowledging the many different existing forms of mental illnesses, this debate will engage the panel members in a discussion about what it means to have a mental condition while living a full life. The panel will be encouraged to speak about the importance of seeking professional help, about realising that having a mental problem should not be stigmatised, and about how we can support people who are going through a difficult time in their lives.
The area is organised by Għaqda Studenti Tal-Liġi (Malta Law Students’ Society) and INSITE.