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.

UL’s Prof Mike Zaworotko Named SFI Researcher of the Year

UL's Bernal Professor of Crystal Engineering Mike Zaworotko has been named the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year. The winners of the prestigious 2017 Science Foundation Ireland awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit.

The SFI Researcher of the Year Award recognises the accomplishments of a Science Foundation Ireland funded researcher who has contributed significantly to the Irish research community in their career. The successful researcher has achieved exceptional scientific and engineering research outputs combined with a clear demonstration of the ability to communicate their research.

LERO selected to manage new €3.6 million EU software research programme

Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Dr. Markus Helfert, Dr Mary Shire, and Senator Kieran O'Donnell

Ireland has been selected to manage a new €3.6 million EU fellowship programme for international software researchers. ALECS (Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems) will be co-ordinated by UL and Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is being funded by the EC under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland through Lero.

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.

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