University of Limerick awarded €5m in ERC funding for ‘cutting-edge, exploratory’ research

Professor Muldoon, founding professor at the Department of Psychology and Director for the Centre for Social Issues Research at UL and Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute

Two University of Limerick researchers have been successful in securing a combined €5m in European Research Council funding.

Professor Orla Muldoon and Professor Michael Zaworotko have been awarded almost €2.5m each in ERC Advanced Grant funding.

The funding awards for UL are two of just four awarded to Ireland and are the first ERC Advanced Grants to be hosted at the University.

Molecule co-discovered at University of Limerick leads to breakthrough on how data is stored

Damien Thompson, Associate Professor in Physics at UL who leads a research team in predictive materials design at the Bernal Institute

Scientists at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute have helped discover a molecule that could have a major impact on how data is stored and processed.

The UL researchers found that a simple metal–organic molecule can go beyond simple binary (0 – OFF, 1 – ON) computing logic and can in fact switch between three distinct, long-lived states.

University of Limerick to welcome four new Marie Curie fellowships

Last year’s Marie Curie fellows with UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald. UL will welcome four new recipients of the prestigious fellowship in 2020 - see below

University of Limerick will this year welcome four new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows.

Two of the fellowships will be based in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and two others in the Faculty of Education and Health sciences. For the second year running, a UL applicant scored 100% for their proposal, one of only sixteen in this call.

Marie Curie Fellowships have been awarded to:

UL researchers team up with Brazilian Federal Police to target distribution of child pornography

A group of researchers at University of Limerick have teamed up with the Federal Police of Brazil to tackle the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.

Brazilian ministry of justice, Sergio Moro, has hailed the innovative collaboration between the researchers at UL and Brazilian law enforcement, which has sought to make police operations more efficient.

The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.

The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. Of over 10,000 users, 766 were sharing content.

UL leading two European PhD Training Networks

Pictured at the launch of the ITN programees were Dr. Sarah Hudson, Dr Luis Padrela, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, President UL, Prof. J.J. Leahy, and Anne Marie Henihan

University of Limerick is leading two new Marie Curie/EU Framework programmes for PhD training, called Initial Training Networks (ITNs).

EPI*STEM awarded funding to create online programme for mathematics teachers

Improving mathematics proficiency among Irish school children has long been a topic of national debate. Since its establishment in 2008, EPI*STEM has been at the forefront of research and education to tackle the challenge of mathematics proficiency in Ireland. EPI*STEM’s work has been furthered through a recent announcement of €350,000 from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to establish an online upskilling resource for mathematics teachers and tackling the challenges within Physics Teaching at Junior Cycle. 

Election website by University of Limerick lecturer helps voters make ‘informed decision’

Dr Rory Costello

A website set up by a politics lecturer at University of Limerick has seen a spike in traffic in recent days as the country prepares to go to the polls. aims to help voters make a decision on polling day in the general election this Saturday, February 8.

It is the brainchild of Dr Rory Costello, a lecturer in the Politics and Public Administration department at UL, who specialises in electoral and legislative politics.