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.

Changes in teaching to address gender gap in computing

Early teaching of mathematics and technology subjects needs to be reviewed if the gender gap in technology is to be addressed. This was stated by Professor Mike Hinchey, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the publication of the organisation’s annual report.

“There is no reason why women cannot be as successful as men in computing but evidence suggests that many girls are turned off at an early age by its geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image.”

SFI Discover to fund Limerick STEM engagement

University of Limerick STEM public engagement projects are among those to benefit from Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme funding announced by Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD.

The national investment of €4.4 million has been awarded to a range of projects dedicated to educating and engaging the public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Minister Breen visits UL and welcomes the upcoming masters course in Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Martin Hayes, Prof. Conor Hayes, Dr. John Nelson, Course Director Masters Artificial Intelligence, Dr Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen (TD) Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research & Enterprise and Prof Edmund Magner, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering.

UL Researchers Take On Global Pharma’s Biggest Challenge

Dr Luis Padrela, Bernal Institute

Scientists at the Bernal Institute are teaming up with Enterprise Ireland (EI) to commercialise continuous nanomanufacturing technology which promises to transform the pharmaceutical market.

The project, which launches this month, aims to tackle the biggest challenge facing the pharmaceutical industry today. While pharmaceutical companies are continually developing new drugs, seven out of ten of those drugs never reach the patient. This is not because they are ineffective at treating disease but because they are not soluble enough to be absorbed in the body.

Ireland’s First Industry-Driven Masters in Artificial Intelligence is Launched

Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) was recently launched in Dublin in response to a growing demand by industry for AI skills in Ireland. The programme, which will run in the University of Limerick from September 2018, was launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys (TD) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Specialist Diploma launched to assist the pharmaceutical sector

Dr Sarah Hayes, John Halligan T.D., Dr Ann Ledwith, and Jon O’Halloran

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Research Centre (SSPC), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre and the University of Limerick (UL) have officially launched their Specialist Diploma in Regulatory Affairs in (Bio) Pharmaceuticals today. This specialist diploma is available to graduates with a background in quality, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical or chemical sectors.

Researchers Squeeze Low-Cost Electricity From Biomaterial

Sarah Guerin a post-graduate student at the Department of Physics and the Bernal Institute, UL

Scientists at UL’s Bernal Institute have discovered that the biomolecule glycine, when tapped or squeezed, can generate enough electricity to power electrical devices in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable way. The research was published on December 4, 2017 in leading international journal Nature Materials.

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