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Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus, University of Gibraltar

Fees: Free of charge

Day 1: Date: 17th April 2024

Day 2: Date: 18th April 2024

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About this Conference

We are pleased to announce the return of the Research that Benefits Gibraltar (RTBG) conference which was inaugurated in 2023! The RTBG 2024 will showcase the fascinating work of a number of our Doctoral students, Faculty, and Associate Researchers, spanning a range of disciplines and topics, all of which in some way benefit our community, as well as help raise Gibraltar’s academic profile in the wider world.

Research into the areas of Health, Education, Marine and Environmental Sciences and Addiction studies will be presented, all of which aim to inform positive and sustainable changes to our society. The conference is free of charge and open to the public, so we invite you to come along to find out more about the research your University is undertaking and how it benefits Gibraltar.

What to expect

The programme will focus on a range of diverse topics presented in the form of posters and oral talks. Each day will culminate in a round-table discussion which will include audience participation, and opportunities for networking. The schedule for the conference will include:

Pre-opening poster session

This will be an opportunity for our PhD Students, Faculty, and Associate researchers to showcase and discuss their research using visually engaging posters with the local community. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to all researchers on a one-to-one basis and discover outstanding projects in fields such as Marine Science, Business, Natural Sciences and Environment, Addictions, and More!

Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Our PhD students will be competing in this research communication competition, where they will give a 3-minute presentation. The 3MT requires students to provide a clear rationale for their research in order to convince a non-specialist audience of the significance of their research.

Research Talks

Our PhD students, Faculty, and Associate researchers will present their projects and explain how their findings benefit our community.
Over the two-day event, researchers will deliver presentations on a variety of topics within the fields of Addiction Studies, Marine Biology, Education, Culture, and Mentorship.
Each presentation will be 20 minutes long, including a brief Q&A session.

Round table discussions

The round table sessions will occur at the end of each conference day and will serve to wrap up the research topics discussed with final remarks that highlight the benefits for the local community and beyond.
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Day 1: 17th April 2024

Itinerary

Presentation type Research Hub Topic/title Speaker Position Time
Poster session
all
all
All researchers
N/A
15:00-16:00
Welcome to the University & the RTBG
Catherine Bachleda
VC
16:00 – 16:05
Official Opening of RTBG
Pat Orfila
Minister
16:05-16:15
Introduction to RTBG & Housekeeping
Darren Fa
DAPR
16:15-16:20
Three minute thesis competition (3MT)
Natural Sciences & Environment
PhD
Amy Swift
PhD student
16:20-16:23
3MT
CERG
PhD
Julia Tibot
PhD student
16:25-16:28
3MT
Natural Sciences & Environment
PhD
Xavier Villar Buzo
PhD student
16:30-16:33
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
16:35 -16:55
Winner of 3MT
Winner of 3MT
Winner of 3MT
Winner of 3MT
Winner of 3MT
16:55-17:00
Presentation
Natural Sciences & Environment
Tuna in flux: Assessing climate impacts on key fishery species
Samantha Slisarenko
 PhD Student
17:00 -17:20
Presentation
Health & Sports Sciences
Navigating the Boundaries: Sustaining Professionalism in Small Community Settings
Angelo Cerisola
 PhD Student
17:20 -17:40
BREAK
BREAK
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BREAK
BREAK
17:40 – 17:55
Presentation
Education
PhD Viva Examinations: an international perspective
Caroline Moss-Gibbons
Parasol Librarian
18:00-18:20
Presentation
History & Culture
The Overlaid Past: The Politics of Space and Memory in Gibraltar’s ‘Doubling’ Street Naming Principle
Jennifer Ballantine Perera
Research Fellow
18:20 – 18:40
Round table discussion
All speakers
RTBG
All speakers
All speakers
18:40-19:10
Session Close
Darren Fa
DAPR
19:10-19:15

Day 2: 18th April 2024

Itinerary

Presentation type Research Hub Topic/title Speaker Position Time
Poster session
all
all
All researchers
N/A
15:00-16:00
Welcome back to RTBG
Darren Fa
DAPR
16:00 – 16:10
Presentation
Natural Sciences & Environment
Bridging the Gap between science, policy, and conservation advice; the realities of an overseas territory
Natalie Muirhead- Davies
PhD student
16:10-16:30
Presentation
CERG
The Potential of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy for Gambling Disorder
Pedro Romero
PhD student
16:30-16:50
Presentation
History & Culture
It’s all a façade – preventive maintenance of stone masonry façades suffering from rising damp across seasons and microclimates
Carmel Khalilian
PhD student
16:50 – 17:10
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17:10 -17:20
Presentation
Natural Sciences & Environment
Evaluating an important biodiversity area in Gibraltar:
Windmill Hill Flats
Rhian Guillem
Senior Research Associate
17:20 -17:40
Presentation
Health & Sports Sciences + Education
An exploration of student nurses’ ‘ways of learning’ on placement in Gibraltar
Louise Lawson
Faculty
17:40-18:00
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
BREAK
18:00 -18:20
Presentation
CERG
Characteristics of youth vaping in Gibraltar
Zsolt Demetrovics
Faculty
18:20 -18:40
Round table discussion
All speakers
RTBG
All speakers
 PhD Student
18:40-19:00
Final words
Darren Fa
DAPR
19:00 – 19:15

Any questions? For further information please contact researchoffice@unigib.edu.gi