Joseph Caruana is an Astrophysicist with an interest in ultra-high redshift (very very very far, early) galaxies, which allow us to learn about the early phases of the universe's history. He has recently completed his D.Phil. at Oxford and has moved to Berlin to carry out further research in the field at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam.
The Malta Humanist Association is concerned at what appears to be a sharp increase in militant persecution of minority religious and non-religious belief-systems in many countries across the world, including our North African neighbours, following their recent political upheavals.
In what is sure to be a heated struggle, debaters from all areas of belief and non-belief will be setting their sights on each other as they fight to the death over their views. A topic which has been at the centre of philosophy and debating halls worldwide is being brought to the illustrious University Quad.
Roger Tirazona is a PSD teacher and an M.A Bioethics student at the University of Malta with the Faculty of Theology, and will be giving a talk and conducting a discussion for the Malta Humanist Association about the field of Bioethics, Abortion and Assisted Reproductive Technology. The talk will explore historical events that brought about the birth of Bioethics, the idea of personhood and beginning of life as relevant to abortion and IVF, and also basic ethical principles that are used for shaping legislation and medical practise.
The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) has recently had its remit expanded to include religions and beliefs, as well as sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race or ethnicity and gender. Ramon Casha and Roger Tirazona from MHA attended a meeting organised by NCPE for groups related to religion or belief. Other groups present included Muslims, Baha'i, Buddhists, Anglicans and Catholics.
The Malta Humanist Association would like to express its disappointment over the words of Imam Mohammed El Sadi, blaming the producers of an amateur video for the deaths and violence caused by riots in several predominantly Muslim nations