The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme accelerates climate innovation across Europe. EIT RIS facilitates connections into our established EIT Climate-KIC innovation hubs, currently in nine countries, which in turn act as a bridge into our pan-European network.
Malta, with a unique geographical setting, is extremely susceptible to climate change and its effects. The Maltese government has identified innovation as one of the key ingredients to not only come up with necessary solutions to climate change but also for catching up with other smaller European Union member states in terms of industrial and academic performance. Malta’s involvement in the EIT RIS helps to develop the country’s local innovation ecosystem while boosting its potential to tackle the adverse effects of climate change.
The Hub is comprised of the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and the AquaBiotech Group. Together, these entities are working towards implementing strategic programmes in education and entrepreneurship. The Hub is working closely with key stakeholders, including the Ministry for Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP) to achieve national environmental and climate targets, and boost Malta’s capacity to take on innovative projects whilst creating links among local entities working towards similar climate goals.
Strategic Programmes and Projects:
- MED ClimAccelerator – this programme is a Mediterranean start-up accelerator running for 3 years, focused on supporting innovative enterprises that address climate challenges. It supports individuals and start-ups in the first three stages of development through tailored training, mentoring and funding.
- Young Innovators – this is an educational train-the-trainers programme to introduce systems thinking and critical problem-solving in secondary education and colleges. It culminates in a Young Climathon where students present their solutions to local climate challenges.
- Journey – Malta is the hosting partner of a pan-European summer school for students at the Climate-KIC Masters programme to analyse and come up with solutions for local challenges in the blue economy.
- Climathon – towards the end of the year the Hub will also host the national Climathon: an ideathon (hackathon) to come up with solutions to local climate challenges, run in cities across the world to promote climate action.
Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
Main Campus, Corrandino Hill
For more information do not hesitate to contact the EIT Climate-KIC RIS team:
Annalisa Spalazzi, RIS Programme manager. Annalisa.Spalazzi@climate-kic.org
Karin Kubackova, RIS Ecosystem Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. Karin.Kubackova@climate-kic.org
Beatriz Camacho-Ávila, RIS Ecosystem Manager for Southern Europe. Beatriz.Camacho@climate-kic.org
Mila Ocalir Krivokapic, Western Balkans developer, Mila.Krivokapic@climate-kic.org