UL features on new Irish Scientific Discoveries stamp

A discovery made at UL features on one of An Post’s four newly-unveiled €1 stamps. Titled Irish Scientific Discoveries, the stamps highlight recent scientific discoveries made by scientists who work in pioneering research and development in Ireland and UL is the only university named on the stamps.

The science-based stamps represent novel areas of research, which are generating new knowledge, cutting-edge technology and competitive enterprise.  The four topics: new forms of light; fighting superbugs; emissions adsorption; and, predicting neonatal seizures, are examples of innovative and impactful academic research being carried out in institutions around the country.

Research Integrity Training

The availability of online training on Research Integrity (RI) was communicated to all staff at the end of May. Many external research funders (including SFI, HRB, IRC, and the European Commission) now expect prospective and current grant recipients to engage with RI training as part of their overall research practice, from PI to postgrad researcher level.

Two online modules on Research Integrity are available: 

• Research Integrity (Intro): An introductory course for new researchers, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career faculty on the topic of Research Integrity

Acute Kidney Injury rose by 126% in Ireland between 2005 and 2014

Rates of Acute Kidney Injury among Irish patients have more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick. The research, part funded by the Health Research Board (HRB), is published today in the academic journal, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.

€1.5 million ERC grant to investigate social media influence

A University of Limerick researcher has been awarded almost €1.5 million in European Research Council funding to investigate the dynamics of social influence in digital societies.

Dr Mike Quayle from UL’s Department of Psychology, is one of 403 talented early-career researchers across Europe, and just six in Ireland, to have been awarded an ERC grant in today’s announcement of €603 million in total.

IRC Marie Curie CAROLINE Awards

Congratulations to our three Marie Curie CAROLINE fellows and their mentors on their recent awards. They are Sarah Jay, with Maura Adshead (Politics), Ruairi Santiago McBride with Aoife Neary (Education) and Keshav Parajuly with Colin Fitzpatrick (ECE). Each fellow will work in partnership with NGOs and international organisations in conducting their research and the Irish Research Council funds both Irish and international researchers under this programme.

Four fellowships were awarded to UL out of 21 awarded nationally. The fellowships are valued at €601,600 to UL

Nexus Innovation Centre invited to brief the Oireachtas

Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Dr Jakki Cooney, Senator Kieran O’Donnell, Paul Dillon

The UL Nexus Innovation Centre was one of three campus based Innovation Hubs that was invited to present at a Leinster House briefing session on the 27th of June 2018. The session organised by Senator Pádraig Ó’Céidigh aimed to give Oireachtas members and staff an opportunity to meet and learn from various successful Irish University innovation hubs, highlighting the relationship between academia and business. A brochure profiling UL Nexus Innovation Centre, DCU Alpha and GMIT Innovation Hubs was circulated in advance to all TDs and Senators in Leinster House.

Lero announces €800,000 R&D programme to develop autonomous robots for assembly line of the future

Kieran O’Donoghue, Assembly and Test Manager, Kostal Ireland and Dr Joseph Walsh, Head of the School of STEM and Lero researcher at IT Tralee

Kostal and Lero researchers at IT Tralee and UL announce €800,000 R&D programme to develop autonomous robots for assembly line of the future. Third major announcement by Lero on autonomous systems this year

Limerick secures €6.5million in EU funding to become a ‘Smart Positive Energy City’

Partnering with UL and Lero, Limerick has been awarded a substantial grant in the biggest EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project worth €6.5m to the city.  The +CityxChange (positive city exchange) is a smart city project submitted by a consortium of 32 partners including Limerick City and County Council from 11 countries. The fullscale project will receive €20 million in funding from Horizon 2020 which has nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

University of Limerick offers masterclass with globally renowned health and safety specialists

Michael Kennedy, Director SPDS Ltd., Ron Bell OBE, Executive Director of ESC Ltd. and Peter Davern, Conference Chair

The Department of Chemical Sciences (CS) and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre, based at the University of Limerick (UL), collaborated to offer a 1-day industry-focused Master Class in Process Safety, hosted by the Bernal Institute.

The event brought together internationally and nationally recognised experts in the domain to share their knowledge and experience in the safe day-to-day running of pharmaceutical and chemical production plants.