Horizon2020 is the current European framework programme for Research and Innovation actions, with three main pillars – Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges – the highest funded aspect of the programme.

Maltese researchers and organisations have successfully participated in funded projects under this structure. The projects are varied, as are the diverse challenges affecting our societies. The short video below is the first in a series about H2020 connected to Malta and highlights the H2020 Societal Challenges pillar, but also covers some of the specific initiatives Maltese researchers are involved in, one of these being FORMOBILE.

Europe in a changing world

The Horizon scheme is looking to support more inclusive innovative and reflective societies touching many parts of our lives as citizens; overall, helping to make Europe a cleaner, greener and safer place to be.

 For ease, one can consider actions that fall into these areas:

  • Health, demographic change and well-being
  • food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bio-economy
  • secure clean and efficient energy, smart, green and integrated transport
  • climate action environment, resource efficiency, raw materials  
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens – The area of FORMOBILE.

The Maltese Police play an important role in FORMOBILE, bringing experience, expertise and enthusiasm in the 6 work packages in which they participate. Their hands-on, practical knowledge as well as their contrasting size to many other LEAs, makes the Maltese Police important to the project. With any research action, it is vital to get a holistic picture of the environment and ecosystems influenced. Having the possibility to work with the Maltese Police means the FORMOBILE consortium is strengthened - their unique history and demographic characteristics add an extra dimension to the efforts of innovation.

The vision of the Maltese Police also harmonises succinctly with the goals of FORMOBILE.

“To enhance public respect, pride and confidence, by distinguishing itself in its strategies, actions and behaviours, as a dedicated, professional, honest and responsible Police Force”.  

Neil G. Caruana, part of the Forensic Science Laboratory in the Malta Police Force provides a snapshot of the Police’s efforts in FORMOBILE (2.28).

Mr Caruana highlights that the main aim of the Police is to benefit from the three main facets of FORMOBILE – Tools, Standards and Training. This perfectly illustrates the mutually beneficial approach to research and innovation. By contributing to the project, partners can boost the overall impact but also make substantial gains themselves.

Follow the Maltese Council for Science and Technology further updates on the activities of Malta in Horizion2020 and other exciting projects.