The Malta Council for Science & Technology has announced that the Island’s first interactive science centre will be called Esplora. A€26 million project co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, Esplora will be housed in the historic ex-Naval Hospital Buildings on the Bighi peninsula in Kalkara. Restoration works on the majestic buildings, which were in a state of imminent collapse, are now in full swing.
In 2013, KCA London worked with the future managers of this landmark learning initiative to deliver an immersive, hands on training programme designed to orientate the team to their roles and best practice in the science communication world. Rachael Blackburn of MCST commented ‘The overall training experience achieved an optimal balance between theory and practice as the methodology adopted across topics created the space for participants to be informed, practice, receive constructive feedback and reflect on application. Following the training, the participants expressed how they felt energised and empowered, even when being pushed out of their comfort zones.’
This project was part-financed by the European Union’s Structural Funds under Operational Programme II, Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life, Priority Axis IV – Strengthening of Institutional and Administrative Capacity.
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