Phos"Fate": Where have all the nutrients gone?

Jordan Phosphate Mines

Phosphate is a limited resource vital for global agriculture. Dr Iain Moyles and Dr John Donohue from MACSI discuss their work funded by Science Foundation Ireland on mathematical modelling of nutrient flow in soil. During the podcast Iain and John describe the phosphate crisis which acknowledges that phosphorus is a limited resource and only a few countries have significant reserves of it including Morocco, China, Algeria and Syria.

 

Putting Maths to Work

Mathematicians from all over the world, from New Zealand to Mongolia, gathered in Limerick to solve problems faced by Irish Industries at the 128th European Study Group with Industry. Over 5 days about 100 mathematical scientists worked on a wide variety of problems presented by Irish companies, from modelling what happens to a car during a crash in order to tackle insurance fraud to how microwaves measure water content in the raw material that produces alumina.

MACSI and ESRI research shows that electricity users, not investors, are exposed to price fluctuations

A study by Mel Devine and Niall Farrell of the Economic and Social Research Institute and William T Lee of the universities of Portsmouth and Limerick, says the system means that electricity users, rather than those investing in renewable energy, are the ones exposed to price fluctuations.

The system means that renewable energy producers are compensated when the wholesale price of electricity falls below the tariff guaranteed to them under the Refit scheme.

Homes and businesses pay for this through the public service charge, which increases as the wholesale price falls, while those who invest in renewable power face no risk from movements in the wholesale price.

Lero and Fraunhofer Centre focus on digital transformation projects

L-R Mikael Lindvall,Peter O’Neill,Brian Fitzgerald,Taoiseach Enda Kenny,Mark Ferguson,Adam Porter,Mike Hinchey,Brendan O’Malley

Washington D.C., Monday, 20th March, 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has announced the signing of a new agreement between Lero, the UL headquartered SFI Research Centre for Software, and the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, which will see both centres of excellence engage in extensive research collaboration in the coming years. The collaboration will focus on evolving critical systems and digital transformation.

The language of mathematics

Will I get infected or not in a disease epidemic? Should I open a Facebook account or not? Which of the two presidential candidates should I vote for in an American federal election? Under what conditions does my choice or opinion become the popular one?

Professor Cathal Walsh takes up UL’s Chair in Statistics

MACSI and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have announced that Professor Cathal Walsh has taken up UL's Chair in Statistics. Professor Walsh joins UL from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Bayesian modelling,  evidence synthesis, disease and epidemic models, and biomedical statistics. He has published over 100 journal publications in these areas.

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