The Elisabeth Mann Borgese Bursary (EMB Bursary)

The EMB Bursary was established by IOI as a means of demonstrating both recognition to the host country of the IOI – Malta – for hosting the IOI Headquarters and providing facilities for staff and offices and also to achieve the establishment of a memorial to the founder of the IOI. Thus the EMB Bursary consists of a sum of Euros 3,500 (Euros three thousand five hundred), which may be used by the awardee in furthering her/his research in ocean related studies over the period of an academic year and is awarded to one successful applicant from students or staff of the University of Malta carrying out postgraduate studies in the field of marine sciences, ocean governance and/or maritime affairs. Applicants must be registered with the University of Malta Faculties of Science, Laws, or other Faculty, Institute or Centre where research in the relevant field is carried out. Registration on a programme at the University of Malta should be valid for the duration of the bursary. The awardee shall use the Bursary to assist in furthering her/his studies/research in ocean/marine-related studies at the University of Malta.

 

Expected Outcomes: the EMB Bursary

  • constitutes a further recognition and acknowledgement of the role of Prof. Elisabeth Mann Borgese, founder of IOI and her considerable achievements.
  • encourages further research in the field of marine sciences, ocean governance and/or maritime affairs in matters. relating to the governance of the seas and oceans and which tallies with the interests of the IOI in this field.
  • endows the research capabilities of talented researchers in the areas of ocean/marine research.
  • contributes towards IOI's outreach and capacity building mandate.

Previous winners of the EMB Bursary since 2010 have worked on diverse research areas in geography, conservation genetics, maritime law, engineering, and studies of environment stressors within the scope of marine and maritime related studies at the University of Malta. Past work has focussed on proposed stakeholder managed Marine Protected Areas in Malta; the determination of genetic data on the bluntnose six-gill shark for species preservation; the concept of State of Disembarkation in the context of migration law and its links to principles in UNCLOS; a study on renewable energy using ocean thermocline energy extraction; research on the influence of tuna penning activities on macrofaunal assemblages; microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea; application of MSP methodologies to deliver the first comprehensive marine spatial plan for Malta’s territorial waters and research on  deep-sea communities and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems. The most recent award funded the mapping and characterising the subtidal Dendropoma cristatum bioconstructions present along cliff shores. 

 

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Left: Ms Joanna Causon Deguara, Justin Cauchi, current EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Antonella Vassallo, Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo,  Professor Louis Cassar
Left: Ms Joanna Causon Deguara, Justin Cauchi, current EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Antonella Vassallo, Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Professor Louis Cassar

  2021-2022 EMB Bursary Award

 

The 2021 EMB Bursary was awarded to Mr Justin Cauchi, a Master’s student with the Department of Biology under the supervision of Dr Julian Evans and Prof Patrick Schembri. The research carried out by Mr Cauchi aims to address the gaps in current knowledge by mapping and characterising the subtidal Dendropoma cristatum bioconstructions present along cliff shores. The results will be collated with data from previous studies to understand factors affecting vertical distribution of the mollusc and the potential drivers that give rise to different types of local vermetid bioconstructions. The EMB bursary funds were utilised to enhance the research work by supporting the rental of a boat with skipper to carry out fieldwork at cliff sampling sites, to fund the purchase of an underwater housing for a DSLR camera and for genetic studies. All equipment purchased with these funds will be available for use at the University of Malta after the research period, and recognised as a donation from he IOI. 


Professor Louis Cassar, Ms Antonella Vassallo, Ms Joanna Causon Deguara, current EMB Bursary award winner,  Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo

2020-2021 EMB Bursary Award

 

The 2020 EMB Bursary was awarded to Ms Joanna Causon Deguara, a PhD student with the Department of Geography under the main supervision of Dr Ritienne Gauci (University of Malta) and Dr Robert Inkpen (University of Portsmouth).  The research carried out by Ms Causon Deguara, titled “Assessing Erosion and Mobility of Boulder Sized Clasts Along Selected Rock Coasts of the Maltese Islands."


Ms Anna Lucia Cantafaro using the new photographic equipment and the books bought with the EMB funds.

2019-2020 EMB Bursary 

 

The 2019 EMB Bursary was awarded to Ms Anna Lucia Cantafaro to carry out research titled Studies on deep-water benthic assemblages within the 25-nautical miles: Malta Fisheries Management Zone.”


Professor Louis Cassar, Ms Therese Ellul, former EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Marija Pia Gatt, current EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Antonella Vassallo, Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Dr Awni Behnam, Dr Marie Briguglio and Prof Alan Deidun
Professor Louis Cassar, Ms Therese Ellul, former EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Marija Pia Gatt, current EMB Bursary award winner, Ms Antonella Vassallo, Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Dr Awni Behnam, Dr Marie Briguglio and Prof Alan Deidun

2018-2019 EMB Bursary

 

The 2018 EMB Bursary was awarded to Ms Marija Pia Gatt to carry out research titled “Rationalising Malta’s marine space: application of MSP methodologies to deliver the first comprehensive marine spatial plan for Malta’s territorial waters”. 

 

 

 


left to right: Dr Moncada, Prof Borg, Pro-Rector Prof J Cacciottolo, IOI Director Ms A Vassallo, Ms T Ellul, Prof P Schembri, Dr J Evans, Prof L Cassar

2017-2018 EMB Bursary

 

The 2017 EMB Bursary was awarded to Ms Therese Ellul, a postgraduate research student at the Department of Biology of the University of Malta, to further her research entitled "The ecology of potentially invasive alien macroalgae in Maltese waters.

 

“Through the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Bursary I had the opportunity to attend a three-week intensive masters degree summer course at the Station Biologique de Roscoff. The course was organized and managed by the CNRS, Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique together with Sorbonne University. It involved a series of lectures, practical coursework and fieldworks to gain skills on the identification and taxonomy of marine seaweeds. The course was enriching not only because of the knowledge shared by top professionals in the field, but also because it served as an excellent networking opportunity to meet with other international postgraduate students.”

 

Therese Ellul


(L-R) Prof Louis Cassar, Director, Institute of Earth Systems; Prof Joseph M Cacciottolo, Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs, University of Malta; Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director, IOI; Stefano Moncada,; Kristina Edwards, Bursary awardee 2015-16; and Ben Rizzo, IOI.

2016-2017 EMB Bursary 

 

The 2016 EMB Bursary was awarded to Dr Stefano Moncada to carry out research titled “Climate Coping Strategies, Economic Wellbeing and Sustainability in Vulnerable Coastal Communities”.  


(L-R) IOI Managing Director Antonella Vassallo, Alan Deidun from the Faculty of Science, IOI honorary president Awni Behnam, Ms Edwards, University pro-rector Alfred Vella, 2014 bursary winner Marija Mangion and Victor Axiak from the Faculty of Science

2015 -2016 EMB Bursary

 

 

The 2015 EMB Bursary was awarded to Ms Kristina Edwards to carry out a research titled "Assessing levels of microplastics in Maltese waters (Central Mediterranean) and their impacts on selected marine species in compliance with the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) obligations."