Call for proposals 2018

Call for Proposals For Participating in Science in the City,
Valletta, Malta 2018


Science in the City, European Researchers’ Night, has established itself as one of Malta’s largest national festivals and the only science and arts festival hosted in Valletta. With over 28,000 visitors last year alone, it is a fantastic opportunity for scientists and artists to collaborate and get creative. Our objectives are listed in the appendix. We are a platform for art installations, exhibitions, music, comedy, theatre and the performing arts, which engage citizens with science. We’re looking forward to your participation.

Our theme this year is Science in Culture. Proposals and participation outside this theme will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please get in touch with submission.

Important Dates

Deadline for proposal submission is by midnight 7th January 2018.

Applicants will be notified by end January 2018.

A Networking & Info session about the call, explaining the topics will be held on the 20th December at 6:30 pm: 

The Events Room, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI), Level 2, Dar Ġuzeppi Zahra, University of Malta.

The festival will take place on the night of the 28th September 2018. The events should preferably also be available for Notte Bianca 2018, the following week. The possibility of other locations on different dates can also be requested.


Project Proposals

In 2018, Science in the City will focus most of its activities on the theme Science is Culture celebrating both the European Capital of Culture in Valletta and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. We want to use various art forms to engage new audiences with scientific research projects.

We are broadly defining culture as follows:

1. the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

2. the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group

3. the attitudes and behavioral characteristics of a particular social group.

On the 28th September, Valletta will be transformed into a space celebrating research around the Science is Culture theme. We are interested in performances, music, theatre, plays, stand-up comedy, exhibitions and art installations that are interactive, captivate the public’s imagination and challenge their perspectives on science. We are also on the lookout for creative ways for researchers and students to communicate science to the public through innovative demonstrations, workshops, busking, quizzes, competitions, treasure hunts, tours, and possibly more.


Our Theme

This year we are incorporating the four main priorities from 2015-18 Work Plan for Culture, adopted by the EU Culture Ministers in 2014, with the scope of showcasing the role of science in shaping our culture, ie. Science is Culture:

1. Accessible and inclusive culture

● Topics around family, health, money, and eating, with a local context.

● The exploration of the Maltese public identity, public concerns and the Maltese political environment.

2. Cultural heritage

● How do both science and culture explore the unknown?

3. Cultural and creative sectors: creative economy and innovation

● How has the geography of the Maltese Islands shaped the research conducted?

● How has science affected our way of life?

● Research concerning the social sciences, behavioural science, and history of science

4. Promotion of cultural diversity, culture in EU external relations, and mobility

● The science behind Maltese and other cultures.

● Citizen science projects


Specific thematic areas

In addition to the broad areas mentioned in the ‘Our theme’ section, below are some of the University of Malta research topics that are the focus of this fund. These are tied to specific academics, please get in touch well in advance of the application deadline:

1. What encourages good environmental behavior in Maltese business and households? (Subject: behavioral economics)

2. Novel ways to produce “artificial muscles”, which mimic the vast range of functions of natural muscles, ranging from the very fine and precise movements to the ability to hold relatively large loads. (Subject: Metamaterials).

3. How new compounds can help treat people with degenerative diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).


Who can apply?

This fund is open to individuals, artists, curators, musicians, performers, groups, organisations and NGOS.

It focuses on the production of an artistic project which has innovation, interactivity, quality and the creative communication of a scientific research concept from the Science is Culture theme, through the arts. This fund encourages projects which are experimental, innovative, interactive and those which attract new, as well as established audiences to the Science and Arts Festival.

The following are not eligible to apply for a budget from the fund, however they can still submit proposals to be part of the festival:

● Organisations/Activities receiving public funds through established line-votes,

● Projects of an intrinsically self-sustainable nature,

● Projects submitted without the collaboration of a scientist,

● Activities which are not related to culture, arts, science and the creative industries,

● Activities whose objective is fundraising or political propaganda,

● Operational costs required for the day-to-day running of an organisation,

● Projects submitted by public entities with or without a line vote,

● Companies with a significant turnover.


Getting in touch

If you are interested in further details please get in touch.

Proposal applications can be downloaded from:

Send in your Application, CV, covering letter, and portfolio (if applicable) to: by midnight 7th January 2018.

For more information contact:

Edward Duca (; Mob: 9923 9974)

Karen Fiorini (; Mob: 9986 8348)

For more information about the festival and previous programmes, please check:

Networking & Information session

If you have a good idea but are not sure who to collaborate with, the SITC consortium is organizing a Networking & Info session on the 20th December at 6:30pm at the events room, level 2, TAKEOFF Business Incubator, University of Malta, Msida Campus.

You can also come to the session to learn more about the festival, ask us questions directly or submit an appeal to collaborate with others even if you don’t have an idea.



Applications can be downloaded here


Aims of the festival

1. To show how science is part of everyday life and that researchers are human beings with an extraordinary job. Researchers in Malta are having a positive effect on daily life.

2. Science can be fun, interesting and exciting, and can lead to a rewarding career for both genders

3. To develop art inspired by a scientific concept or idea, especially local science. Researchers should be consulted, preferably having an active role in the project. The consortium will help with contacts and networking. For networking please attend our info session on: the 18th January at University or contact us directly.

4. To develop interactive art which engages with the public.

5. Located in Valletta, preferably in the streets and buildings between City Gate/St James Cavalier and St George’s square.


Selection Criteria

Proposals that are in line with the theme are given preference.

● Scientific value: the extent to which the artwork is well grounded in or inspired by science Scientists must be involved in the proposal;

● Innovation and creativity: must involve a novel concept and a creative way of engaging the audience and communicating the concept;

● External sources of funding: preference will be given to those applicants who have sought other sources of funding to compliment the Science in the City fund;

● Cost: how cost-effective is the proposal? Are costs complete? Are quotes provided? Administrative costs will not be covered by the fund;

● Reach: how many people will the artwork be able to engage with?

● Engagement: Is the artwork interactive?


Values of Science in the City

Science, art, creativity, technology, education, entertainment, quality, and excellence, interactive, engagement with the people.


Target audiences

Children, teenagers, families, adults, pensioners.