• Launch of Confirm research centre to create over 100 jobs

    Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, has launched the latest Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre, CONFIRM - a ‘smart manufacturing’ research centre led by University of Limerick (UL) and involving 42 companies.

    The centre is funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47 million, making it one of the largest new research and development centres in the country. The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 24 per cent of total economic output - €110 billion in exports.

  • The maths behind a perfect cup of coffee

    The process behind your favourite hot drink involves growing the beans, harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding, brewing - and maths

    Brewing the perfect cup of coffee has long been considered an art, depending on experience and skills honed by baristas and amateur enthusiasts alike over generations. However, each of the processes though which coffee is realised - such as growing the beans, harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding and brewing - are fundamentally science-driven applications. Even the most mature processes can benefit from a scientific approach, grounded in the language of mathematics.

  • Using maths to fight fraudulent motor insurance claims

    Undetected fraudulent claims and lengthy processing times are in part the cause of rapidly deteriorating profitability in the global motor insurance market. It is estimated that fraudulent claims add approximately €50 to each premium in Ireland every year.

  • Over 50s move for life research study

    Bridie O'Connor, Jim Hartigan and Rita Goodwin helping launch the Move For Life research study at the University of Limerick

    A research study, aimed at improving the health of people aged over 50 in the county, was today launched by the Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD.

  • Over 50s move for life research study

    Bridie O'Connor, Jim Hartigan and Rita Goodwin helping launch the Move For Life research study at the University of Limerick

    A research study, aimed at improving the health of people aged over 50 in the county, was today launched by the Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD.