FUSION: Call for Evaluators Extended until noon on 2nd July 2015

FUSION: Call for Evaluators Extended until noon on 2nd July 2015

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is extending the Call for Evaluators to provide evaluation services under the FUSION Programme in the following areas: Scientific Opinion (Maritime, Aquaculture, Health, High Value Added Manufacturing and Tourism Product Development) and Stage Report Evaluations in the field of: Risk Profile.

Interested parties should have a proven track record and will be expected to work on their own initiative.

The call has been extended until noon on 2nd July 2015. If selected, the agreement shall run until 31 December 2015. 

For further information please contact us on: laurasue.armeni@gov.mt or 23602172.

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Selection Criteria to be used for the Selection of Evaluators for FUSION

Opportunity for an International Research Fellowship Award at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Opportunity for an International Research Fellowship Award at the European Space Agency (ESA)

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is pleased to announce a research opportunity with the European Space Agency (ESA) in projects related to:

–          Space science, in particular astronomy and astrophysics, solar system exploration and solar-terrestrial physics;

–          Earth observation research and application, in particular ESA Satellite tracking to provide the meteorological basis and the reference system and frames, environmental monitoring, meteorology, aeronomy and geoinformatics and disaster management;

–          Telecommunications, including service demonstrations as well as satellite navigation;

–          Microgravity research, in particular space biology and medicine, and materials processing;

–          Technology development, including software and hardware; and

–          Ground segment engineering and utilisation

 

This is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to experience cutting edge research in a space and development organisation. The Fellowship will be funded for a duration of one year. The appointment may be extended by a maximum of six months subject to the host entity’s requirements. This opportunity is open for candidates with a Master’s degree or PhD. All applications are to be signed, sealed and sent as per details below.

All applicants should be available for an interview by the selection committee in the two weeks following the call deadline. Both the subject area and the candidate are subject to final acceptance by ESA.

 

The Call closes on 12 June 2015 Noon CET.

 

c/o Ms. Laura Sue Armeni

Research and Innovation Specialist

Malta Council for Science and Technology

Villa Bighi Kalkara, KKR1320, Malta

Tel: 00356 23602172

 

 

Clarification 1

 

With reference to Article 8.1 in the Fellowship Award Regulations, the allowance provided will amount to around 1800€/2000€ allowance per month.

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COGWATCH: helping stroke patients to regain their independence

COGWATCH: helping stroke patients to regain their independence

Professor Alan Wing, the project’s coordinator and a faculty member of the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, explains how the project partners developed and tested a home rehabilitation system to help stroke patients remaster  sequential daily tasks like brewing tea.

 

A home rehabilitation system helps stroke patients to remaster  sequential daily tasks like brewing tea 

Strokes are the second leading cause of death worldwide; they kill more than one million people in Europe each year accounting for  14% of all deaths. About a third of the 8 million stroke survivors in the EU are left with some degree of physical or cognitive impairment affecting their ability to plan and carry out actions.

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed a rehabilitation system to help improve the cognitive functions of stroke survivors.

Stroke patients can have trouble performing ordered sequences of movements, such as those required to brush their teeth or to make a cup of tea. These are often symptoms of Apraxia or Action Disorganisation Syndrome (AADS). COGWATCH is using  intelligent tools and objects, portable and wearable devices as well as ambient systems to provide support at home to patients with AADS symptoms.

‘We take it for granted that we can perform these activities of daily life,’ says Professor Alan Wing, the project’s coordinator and a faculty member of the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. “Yet many of these seemingly simple tasks are actually complex and involve a large number of small steps that must be performed in the correct sequence.”

 

As simple – or complex – as brewing a cup of tea

The COGWATCH scientists customised a prototype that helps stroke patients brew a cup of tea – a complex sequential daily task. The system consists of two tablet computers, one for the patient and one for his clinician, and sensors attached to the bottom of objects such as the cup, milk jug and kettle that track the objects’ movement, while a video camera records the entire process from overhead. On the tablet, the patient can choose an action, for example he will prepare a cup of tea with milk and sugar.

An action-recognition system is then activated: it receives the information from the sensors, compares those with the task model corresponding to the steps of preparing a milk and sugar cup of tea. If the patient makes an error in preparing the tea, then system prompts the correct action using any combination of video, audio, text or vibration to suggest the right step.

Professor Wing, ‘As a patient, it is as if there is someone beside you to tell you what to do, but they allow you to act independently if you want to be independent.’

Tea-making results

To test the system, the COGWATCH researchers conducted a randomised study with 30 patients. Compared with the control group, participants who were trained using the COGWATCH system, showed statistically significant improvements in tea-making performance; they made 54% fewer errors and showed a 20% reduction in time taken to make a cup of tea.

Better care

Apart from helping stroke patients regain independence, the COGWATCH system could also enable occupational therapists to work with more patients or develop more of each patient’s skills. The system already provides useful information on the patient’s task performance over time.

Longer-term, COGWATCH could facilitate the earlier discharge of patients, thus lowering their risk of infection, allowing them to return to their familiar home environment, and freeing bed space.

COGWATCH ran from1 November 2011 through 28 February 2015 and received EUR 3.7 million in EU funding.

‘We would eventually like to offer systems that are affordable enough for home use so that, for example, every hospital could loan them out to its patients,’ concludes Professor Wing.

www.cogwatch.eu

Green Talents Competition – Germany – 2015

Green Talents Competition – Germany – 2015

Experience Research in Germany

Take part in the Green Talents Competition, promote your research in Germany and gain exclusive access to its sustainable development hotspots.

Sustainable development means leading an environmentally friendly life in a way that conserves resources. This is essential to preserve our world for subsequent generations and particularly important in enabling our cities to overcome the challenges ahead. With its top innovation and research centres, Germany supports these efforts in particular by intensifying international cooperation among the bright young minds of tomorrow.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” since 2009 to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award, under the patronage of Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours 25 young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts the award-winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

In view of 2015 being the “City of the Future” Science Year, this year’s Green Talents Competition is particularly welcoming submissions relating to this topic. However, the competition is still open to all fields and offers equal chances to win. The 2015 award includes:

• An invitation to visit Germany in 2015 to participate in the fully funded two-week science forum. While touring Germany, the award-winners will have access to top science and research institutions that will offer unique insights into their work.

• A chance for the award-winners to present themselves and their work in person during individual appointments with experts of their choice (during the two-week science forum).

• A fully funded research stay of up to three months at an institution of the award-winner´s choice in 2016.

• Exclusive access to the “Green Talents Alumni Network” of 130 high-achievers in sustainable development from over 40 countries.

For more information please refer to the competition flyer on www.greentalents.de  or contact: Project Management Agency

c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)

European and International Cooperation

E-mail: greentalents@dlr.de

Phone: +49 (0) 228 3821 1906

Deadline for submission: 2 June 2015, 12 p.m. CET.

Opportunity for Scholarship in Russia for Maltese Students

Opportunity for Scholarship in Russia for Maltese Students

The Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Malta, acting on behalf of the Russian government, would like to notify the general public that 2 Scholarships are available for Maltese students wishing to further their studies in Russia at a graduate or post graduate level.

Interested parties should be Citizens of Malta or holder of a residential permit. The scholarships cover tuition and research, lodging and stipend. Successful applicants will have to pay for their travel needs and medical insurance (compulsory).

For more information please visit: http://en.russia.edu.ru/enter/2123/ or call on: (356)21222030

For more information on Russian Universities please visit: http://mlt.rs.gov.ru/en/node/1451

Any electronic correspondence should be directed to: rcscmalta@onvol.net

Applications are accepted till end of March 2015 at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture 36, Merchants Street, Valletta. This programme is endorsed by the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

News Date: 4th March 2015 – 14:29pm