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Promoting Mediterranean Research and Innovation with MCST - Malta

The ‘Lebanese Development Network’ (LDN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ‘The Malta Council for Science and Technology’ (MCST) aiming at ‘Promoting Mediterranean Research and Innovation’ through ‘PluMTri’.

The agreement was respectively signed by the President of LDN Mr. Amin Nehme, whereas Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey  Pullicino Orlando signed on behalf of MCST.

It meant to provide frequent and prompt information and material on Research and Innovation (R&I) related news, events and funding opportunities. It intends as well to foster the development of future shared projects and to support the strengthening of an online tool for those interested in the R&I field, both locally and aboard.

The Platform for Mediterranean Research and Innovation - PluMTri was initially launched by the Council in 2015 with the objectives of showcasing talent and skills in Research and Innovation, connecting stakeholders with other individuals and organizations in Malta and abroad, providing information on funding opportunities and events and fostering exchanges and initiatives relating to Malta’s smart specialization areas.

It has evolved to encompass the Mediterranean region where it acts as a platform that facilitates networking and knowledge sharing amongst the stakeholders involved while also serving as a 'one-stop-shop' for information on relevant funding opportunities and events.

The Lebanese Development Network (LDN) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to assist individuals, groups and organizations develop their capacities by raising awareness and enhancing technical skills so they can improve their potentials, advance their progress and ensure their growth. LDN works in the education, culture, economy, social and health fields through the various strategic levels of Capacity Building, Social Marketing and Networking Practices, and provides Training, Consultancy and Program Development services. It endeavors to promote new paradigms for SMEs, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in collaboration with both the public and private sectors, and works as well on promoting the culture of democracy, human rights, dialogue and citizenship.

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is the governmental body responsible for Research and Innovation (R&I), space, science and technology. MCST was established by central government in 1988 with the mandate of advising government on science and technology policy. Today its remit has developed and expanded to include responsibilities associated with R&I policy and strategy, science communication, as well as the management of various R&I programmes. It presently falls under the remit of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister.

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