Role in SEAS-ERA: The MCST will lead Task 7.5 (capacity building in the Mediterranean), together with MIUR. They will also contribute to WP1 and WP2.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is a public body established by the Government in 1988. The MCST was given the specific mandate of advising government on Science and Technology policy, today its remit has developed and MCST s tasks have expanded to include: the responsibility for National Strategy in the field of Research and Innovation (R&I) and the ownership of the National Strategic Plan 2007-2010.
MCST is the lead administrative entity entrusted with the responsibility to implement the National Strategy for Research and Innovation and will work with related entities to ensure joined-up activity of actions taken. In addition MCST has overall responsibility for Policy in the area of Research and Innovation and represents government in EU fora related to R&I. These fora include:
- Joint Research Centre Board
- DG Research working parties
- EIT (European Institute of Technology) working parties
- ESFRI (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructure)
MCST is also responsible for the management and administration of the National Research and Innovation Funding Programme and has overall responsibility as National Contact Organisation for creating awareness and providing support for EU´s Research and Development Framework Programme (FP7). The Malta Council for Science & Technology has participated in 14 FP6 projects, performing the role of coordinator on one occasion.
|Jennifer Cassingena Harper
Director of Policy within the Malta Council for Science and Technology with responsibility for Research and Innovation Strategy and Foresight