UL’s Prof Mike Zaworotko Named SFI Researcher of the Year

UL's Bernal Professor of Crystal Engineering Mike Zaworotko has been named the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year. The winners of the prestigious 2017 Science Foundation Ireland awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit.

The SFI Researcher of the Year Award recognises the accomplishments of a Science Foundation Ireland funded researcher who has contributed significantly to the Irish research community in their career. The successful researcher has achieved exceptional scientific and engineering research outputs combined with a clear demonstration of the ability to communicate their research.

Health Research Symposium 2017

The Health Research Symposium 2017 will take place at the new Clinical, Education and Research Centre (CERC Building) at University Hospital Limerick on Friday 17th November 2017.

A primary focus for this year’s symposium is on “Building Partnerships to Advance Healthcare Research and Practice” and we plan to showcase the breadth and depth of cutting-edge medical research that continues across the clinical and academic landscape at UL hospitals, the University of Limerick and their associated partners. The programme will demonstrate the remarkable growth in research capability and scientific outputs.

LERO selected to manage new €3.6 million EU software research programme

Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Dr. Markus Helfert, Dr Mary Shire, and Senator Kieran O'Donnell

Ireland has been selected to manage a new €3.6 million EU fellowship programme for international software researchers. ALECS (Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems) will be co-ordinated by UL and Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is being funded by the EC under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland through Lero.

Researcher Careers Month

Researcher Careers Month consists of a variety of informative lunchtime sessions and is aimed primarily at the UL research community of Research Assistants, Post-Doctoral Researchers, Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows. The sessions for Researcher Careers Month are broken into three key areas;

1) Researcher Tips; providing unique insights and advice into key areas for researchers such as publishing and funding from people involved in research.

2) Researcher Skills; these sessions provide valuable transferrable skills in areas such as networking and communication. 

New MOU signals formal strategic partnership with Intel

UL and Intel Ireland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic partnership that will formalise the long-standing relationship between the two organisations and create a defined programme of activity for working together into the future.

The new partnership agreement builds on existing connections between Intel and UL and will specifically explore opportunities aimed at developing and encouraging future talent, building creative collaborations in the area of Research, Development and Innovation and working together on shaping relevant policy frameworks.

Book launched on the value of singing for “new Irish”

A book based on two decades of research by a Irish World Academy of Music and Dance professor into singing and its role in developing experiences of belonging, was recently launched at the Royal Irish Academy.

'Singing the Rite to Belong: Music, Ritual and the New Irish' by Professor Helen Phelan, programme director of the PhD Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD), was published by Oxford University Press in October.

The book details Professor Phelan’s twenty-year research into the act of singing and its ability to foster experiences of belonging through ritual performance.

UL and Nexus building entrepreneurs of the future

More than 25 second-level students from schools across Limerick attended University of Limerick to take part in the inaugural Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Camp.

The Nexus Innovation Centre and Kemmy Business School jointly deliver the camp which aims to create a student mindset that is solution focused, providing knowledge and skills to design innovative solutions that result in new business opportunities.

Book launch and award for hate crime studies

Members of the Advisory Board of the International Network for Hate Studies at the INHS Conference at the University of Limerick

A University of Limerick UL School of Law lecturer was presented with a prestigious international award in the United States on Friday.

Dr Jennifer Schweppe, co-director of the International Network for Hate Studies (INHS) received the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award in Spokane, Washington.

Dr Schweppe and her colleague, Dr Walters of University of Sussex, accepted the award from the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies at Gonzaga University on behalf of the INHS.

Lero expansion announced as new member signs €400,000 research deal to boost patient care

Dr. Joseph Walsh, Lero principal investigator at IT Tralee and TJ O’Connor, Hospital Manager, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

The Institute of Tralee (IT Tralee), which has been named as the latest member of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has announced a new €400,000 research programme.

The programme is one of a number of initiatives marking a collaboration between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (BSHT) to develop new activities in teaching, research and education. Today also saw the signing of a formal agreement between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee to mark this enhanced partnership arrangement.