Bioethanol from microalgae - DEMA

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.

Looking back to help our future

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History has been awarded €329,181 from the Irish Research Council as Principal Investigator of a project titled Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913. 

The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information, applying linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories.

New Vice President for Research appointed

The UL Governing Authority has approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research

A new Vice President for Research has been appointed at University of Limerick, it has been announced.

The UL Governing Authority has approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research (VPR).

Prof Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of School of Allied Health at UL. She will take up the new position in January.

UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said he was “very happy to announce that the Governing Authority has just approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research.

Irish universities contribute €8.89 billion to national economy every year

THE Irish economy benefitted by €8.9 billion last year from Ireland’s seven universities newly published research has confirmed.

The first ever socio-economic impact research undertaken on the role universities play in the economy and society has been carried out by Indecon Research Economists who were appointed by the Irish Universities Association, following a competitive tender process, to cover the combined impact of the seven universities represented by the IUA – University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin.

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.

Research & Innovation: How to get more impact?

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union invite you to take this survey regarding the importance of research and innovation in Europe. As Estonia takes up its leadership role, it will release a Call for Action to increase the impact and societal value of European Research Excellence.

The aim of the survey is to gather the views of key scientists, financiers, journalists, corporate executives, academics and policy makers. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes and will inform the Tallinn Call for Action to be released at the Presidency’s Research Conference in Tallinn on 12 October 2017. Results will be anonymous.

Take the survey