Biofuels are an important alternative to fossil fuels that can minimise the impact of energy production on global climate change. DIBANET is an Irish-led research project aimed at developing an integrated approach to biomass development that further enhances international cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the field of biofuels. This project aims at developing technologies to sustainably exploit biomass for the profitable production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. The project supports the development of technologies with a view to reducing dependency on fossil diesel imports in Latin America and Europe.
Biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce the output of carbon caused by transport, and reduce the impact of transport on climate change. DEMA is a University of Limerick-led project focused on microalgae found in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks, where energy is extracted via photosynthesis to produce biofuels. DEMA is focused on the development, demonstration and licensing of a complete, economically competitive technology from the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae by 2016.
On the 29th of October, Dr James Carr from the Department of Sociology launched his new book: Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with Racism in the neoliberal era (London & New York: Routledge, 2016).
Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research at the University of Limerick (UL) visited Peking University (PKU) in Beijing this week and met with Professor Wang Jie, Vice President of Peking University. The meeting was centred around the mutual intention for collaborations, on both research and student exchange level.
The vital importance of nanotechnology is being celebrated during NanoWeek in Ireland this week with the flagship event, the NanoNet Conference 2015 taking place at the University of Limerick on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October.
What innovations in healthcare should Ireland be looking to in creating a health service for the 21st century? How can we build healthier communities in tackling issues of physical activity, positive ageing and public participation in healthcare? What drug, surgical and diagnostic inventions will be available to the patients in the future? These questions and more were tackled at Health Revolutions an international healthcare conference recently held at the University of Limerick.
The University of Limerick launched a new initiative, UL Beo, with its first public event the Pat Duffy Lecture in Coaching and Leadership last night. A full house from a broad spectrum of the sporting world heard about the launch of the new project in Physical Activity, Health Lifestyle and Sport, before a tribute was paid to the late Professor Pat Duffy and a fascinating insight into the skills and experiences of leadership from Dr Keith Wood and Baroness Sue Campbell.
The fourth annual international conference on Public Private Partnerships has been co-organised by Dr Eoin Reeves, Director of the Privatisation and PPP Research Group at the University of Limerick in conjunction with Cornell University and the Universitat de Barcelona.