The legendary Manchester band Joy Division are the subject of a two-day international symposium at the University of Limerick this week. Following on from previous events at UL on The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie, the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster are examining the legacy of the iconic Manchester band, whose career was cut short with the untimely death of their lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Best known for their song Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division are one of the world’s truly iconic and influential bands.
Professor Shane Kilcommins has been invited by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., to chair a Consultative Council on Penal Policy.
The creation of such a Consultative Council is one of a number of recommendations made in a report submitted to Government on 4th November, 2014 by the Penal Policy Review Group. That Group was established in 2012 to conduct a wide ranging strategic review of penal policy taking into account relevant work already carried out in this jurisdiction and elsewhere, the rights of those convicted of crimes, the perspective of those who are victims of crime, and the interests of society in general.
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.
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.
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.
According to leading Law academic at the University of Limerick, Ray Friel most businesses are unaware of the true extent of the Intellectual Property (IP) assets they own and simply do not know or understand the complete spectrum of tools available to protect and exploit those IP assets to the full. Accordingly they are quite literally losing millions of euros in unseen asset potential.
Researchers at the University of Limerick are taking on the challenge to improve the viability of biomass processing. The UL team are part of a consortium involved in the €4 million project ‘CellulosomePlus’ involving nine private and public-sector partners.