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Guest speakers 2024
Researcher at the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Dr Karsten Xuereb
Dr Karsten Xuereb researches, lectures and manages projects addressing cultural policy and relations in Europe and the Mediterranean. He is a visiting lecturer with the Department of International Relations, the Centre for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution, the Institute of Maltese Studies, the Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture and the Department of Arts, Open Communities & Adult Education. He also lectures in culture and communication at the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology, and contributes to seminars, workshops and capacity building programmes in Malta and abroad.
He is a member of the scientific committee of the Phoenicians’ Cultural Route of the Council of Europe and the Arab Culture & Arts Network on behalf of the Maltese cultural association Inizjamed. He is a member of the Convention for Peace in the Mediterranean (Palermo).
Karsten is Executive for Research & Statistics at Arts Council Malta. Formerly he carried out research at the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination Project at the Ministry for Culture at the University of Malta in Valletta. Between 2006 and 2011 he acted as cultural attaché at the Maltese Representation of Malta to the European Union in Brussels. Between 2011 and 2017 he led preparations for the first European Capital of Culture in Malta, Valletta 2018.
He studied at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (PhD, 2012) benefiting from a UNESCO grant and at the University of Warwick (MA, 2005) as a Chevening scholar.
His writing and audiovisual material including papers, articles, videos and radio programmes broadcast on the University of Malta radio station are accessible at https://culturalpolicy.blog/.
Community organisation of mutlidisciplinary volunteers to propose better green public spaces for Malta
Dawra Madwarna is a collaborative initiative uniting professionals across diverse fields
voluntarily committed to enhancing green public spaces in Malta. Its primary
objective is to act as a catalyst for positive exploration and discussion, focusing on
the challenges and opportunities related to envisioning improved urban landscapes.
The central goal revolves around prioritizing people’s well-being, both physically and
psychologically, by reintroducing nature into urban areas.
Specialities: placemaking, community-making, co-design
Visionary Nature-based Actions for Health, Well-being and Resilience in Cities (Horizon-2020)
VARCITIES is an ambitious project that puts the citizens and the “human communities” at the centre of future cities’ vision, in the belief that future cities should become fully human-centred. The project officially started in September 2020 and it will last until February 2025. The Consortium is composed of 25 partners under the lead of Telecommunication System Institute (TSI). Seven Pilot Cities will test and implement a series of innovative nature-based actions – including Gzira, in Malta.
The vision of VARCITIES is to implement real, visionary ideas and add value by establishing sustainable models for increasing the health and well-being of citizens: women, children, young people, middle aged, and the elderly.
Associate Professor in Education, University of Exeter and HVL Norway
Specialities: creative pedagogies, embodied dialogue, post-humanism, transdisciplinarity
Hans Mark Svedal
Lecturer at Department of Arts Education, HVL
Specialities: music, soundscape
Basel Myhub joined the city2science team in January 2022 as a project manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master in Science Studies. As a PhD student at Bielefeld University, he focuses on what makes scientific research socially relevant. At city2science, he supports the writing and coordination of large grant proposals and is an expert in the area of budgeting for European projects. Furthermore, he supports the office activities for EUSEA and is responsible for the maintenance of the city2science website.
Specialities: Maker-based workshops, public engagement, project management, digital communication