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.”

Pharma manufacturing industry gather for 4th Knowledge Day

More than 250 people attended the fourth annual Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) Knowledge Day for industry held in the Kemmy Business School, UL this week.

Ireland is renowned internationally for its expertise in pharmaceutical manufacturing: Research and Development is very important to developing and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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.

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

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.

Giants in the field of crystal growth join forces in the Mid-West for the first time

Prof. Kieran Hodnett, University of Limerick and Dr Denise Croker, Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC)

The annual conference for the British Association for Crystal Growth was held for the first time in the Mid-West at the University of Limerick. It was organised by the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded centre hosted at UL.

Nexus based start-up announces new software to decrease paperwork and increase efficiency for businesses

l-r Conor Mc Carthy, CONFIRM; Jacqueline Kehoe, Cork Institute of Technology; Brendan Sheppard, CEO SmartFactory; Dirk Pesch, Nimbus Centre CIT; Mark Whelan, Enterprise Ireland; Anthony Kelly, Smart Factory

SmartFactory - a leading provider of solutions that add intelligence into manufacturing processes to drive continuous improvement, knowledge transfer and data-based decision making – last week announced a new release of software for its Work Area Performance System (WAPS). This is also a first commercial partnership for CONFIRM – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre with the NIMBUS centre at Cork Institute of Technology.

Lero, IT Tralee and Bon Secours announce research programme to enhance hip replacement surgery

Dr. Daniel Riordan, Lero researcher IT Tralee and Mr John Rice, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Bon Secours Hospital

Lero, the SFI Irish Software Research Centre and IT Tralee have announced a €223,500 programme with Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (BSHT) which could advance the future use of robotics to perform hip replacement operations.

The initial goal of the initiative, which is backed by Science Foundation Ireland, will be to develop a more accurate way for surgeons to place a hip joint so as to minimise a patient’s hospital stay and avoid re-admittance due to issues arising from the operation. IT Tralee is looking to hire a PhD student to join the five-person research team.

SSPC welcomes new investigators through fully funded PhD positions

Prof. Gavin Walker, SSPC Co-Director, Prof. Caitriona O'Driscoll, UCC, Prof. Donal O’Shea, RCSI, Dr Denise Croker, SSPC GM, Dr Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou, NUIG and Dr Anthony M. Reilly, UCD.

Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre, have announced 5 fully-funded PhD positions with their national teams based in the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin City University, Royal College of Surgeons and National University of Ireland Galway.

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