Malta’s Coast: beautiful, living and dangerous


Malta Café Scientifique and Green Drinks Malta present a discussion by Dr. Sandro Lanfranco about the unstable life animals and plants lead on Malta’s Coasts at 7.15pm on Thursday 12th January, Inspirations! Cafe, St. James Cavalier. A free drink and nibbles will be served thanks to the Malta Chamber of Scientists. For further information email


Malta’s coast is a dangerous place. Caper bushes, brightly coloured flowers, and miniscule snails have to survive wind, rain and cold, followed by a long, dry and hot summer. If you live on a sandy beach, you’ll be dunked in and out of sand whilst rough seas batter your home. You have to be tough to get through all that.

Dr. Sandro Lanfranco will be talking about the animals and plants that make a living on our coasts. These creatures are obsessed about water and how not to lose it. Some plant leaves are waxy and thick, while others give up trying to survive summer and only grow in winter.

Beyond these wonderful adaptations is their beauty and Malta’s coast is fast becoming a hit as a film backdrop. Yet, for the last hundred years, it has been exploited and damaged. We now value these cliffs for their fun-factor (abseiling) and economic pull (tourism, development). How can we limit their effect, stem the tide of devastation and keep Malta’s beauty in the pictures?

Malta’s Coast: Beautiful, living and dangerous’ will be held at Inspirations! Cafe, St. James Cavalier, at 7.15pm, Thursday 12th January by Malta Cafe Scientifique, Green Drinks Malta and supported by The Malta Chamber of Scientists. The talk will be given by Dr. Sandro Lanfranco, followed by a quiz and open discussion. Email or find us on Facebook for further information. Book your place by sending an email to Entrance is free and a free drink and nibbles will be provided to all attending. No special science background is required.