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.”

Bernal researcher, Dr Sarah Guerin selected to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Once every year, more than 30 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists.

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19) takes place on  June 30 – July 5th   and will be dedicated to physics,  key topics are cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves.

The opportunity to join the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates at Lindau is provided exclusively to outstanding young scientists aged up to 35 – undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers. In order to participate in a meeting, they have to pass a multi-step application and selection process.

Second level students invited to create an experiment for testing in microgravity

Irish second level students are in with a chance to develop a science experiment for testing on a microgravity flight this October to help address the issue of sustaining life beyond this planet.

Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) will fly a number of microgravity flights in Ottawa, Canada at the National Research Council and thanks to a unique partnership with The Irish Composites Centre (IComp) at University of Limerick, Irish students will be part of those flights.

Second level students invited to create an experiment for testing in microgravity

Irish second level students are in with a chance to develop a science experiment for testing on a microgravity flight this October to help address the issue of sustaining life beyond this planet.

Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) will fly a number of microgravity flights in Ottawa, Canada at the National Research Council and thanks to a unique partnership with The Irish Composites Centre (IComp) at University of Limerick, Irish students will be part of those flights.

€21million Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science Announced

In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, University of Limerick is to lead a new €21million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland.

Announced by Minister Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, the centre has been awarded funding of €13.6 million by Science Foundation Ireland.  The Centre for Research Training (CRT) will train 139 PhD students towards a world-class foundational understanding of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Machine Learning.

SSPC to partner with Schools of Pharmacy in the UK

SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Pharmaceutical Research Centre, hosted by UL, has won new funding under the EPSRC-SFI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Partnership programme.

Announced by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, an investment of approximately €39 million to support the involvement of SFI Research Centres in seven new joint Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The awards have been made under a new partnership between Science Foundation Ireland and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UL Submarine Robot Investigates Historical WWI Ship Wrecks

Engineers from CRIS (Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems) at UL and MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) have investigated a series of unknown shipwrecks off the west coast of Ireland. A team of researchers led by chief scientist Dr Gerard Dooly, (UL), aboard the Research Vessel Celtic Explorer used a new automated underwater vehicle, ROV Étáin to carry out the surveys in highly challenging environments.

New medical valve will make treatment of bladder problems safer

Prof. Michael Walsh

Medical device company – Class Medical – a University of Limerick spinout company have secured seed funding of €550,000 from investors including iHPSU match funding from Enterprise Ireland. Class Medical was founded in 2016 by Dr. Rory Mooney (CEO), Prof. Michael Walsh, Dr Niall Davis and Dr Eoghan Cunnane. Class Medical’s initial product offering is a patent protected device that eliminates the risk and complications associated with the treatment of painful urinary problems.

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