Lero wins €400,000 research contract with European Space Agency

Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the implementation of a research programme worth €400,000. The 18 month programme, which will be led by Lero Director Prof. Mike Hinchey, will commence this month.

Lero will collaborate with chip manufacturer Cobham Gaisler AB of Gothenburg, Sweden on the software behind specialist microchips to be used in European space missions. The Cobham Gaisler  LEON radiation hardened microchip, which was developed in association with the European Space Agency, is designed to operate in harsh environments such as space.

Lero attracts leading European Software Academic

Professor Tiziana Margaria has been appointed Professor of Software Systems at the University of Limerick and a Principal Investigator of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. She was previously Professor of Service and Software Engineering at the University of Potsdam in Germany and is a former head of the Institute of Informatics.

Professor Margaria is currently Vice President of the European Association of Software Science and Technology (EASST) and President of FMICS (the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Working Group on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems).

UL joins Prestigious Partnership of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The University of Limerick has been successful in joining the Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), a partnership of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) which is set to deliver over 10,000 jobs to the Europe over the next 7 years.

There are over 100 partners of the Raw Materials KIC, with a budget of over €800 million to invest in new innovations and up to 50 new SMEs in the supply of key materials for the manufacturing and ICT sectors in Europe.  Ireland has three core partners among this prestigious partnership including University of Limerick, Aughinish Alumina, Limerick, and Trinity College Dublin.

UL Continues to Lead the Way with Almost Double the average number of Female Professors

According to figures released by the HEA yesterday the University of Limerick continues to have the highest percentage of women at professorial level in the country. 31% or almost one third of professors at UL are female. This compares to a national average of only 19%.

Speaking on the HEA report, UL President Professor Don Barry said: “A university is about more than just buildings and facilities – it is the people who give universities life – they create a sense of energy and they provide the power to achieve great things. As you will be aware, in UL we are committed to ensuring that all faculty and staff are enabled to achieve their full potential through valuing diversity and equality of opportunity.”

UL academic appointed to European Commission Clean Sky 2 Scientific Committee

University of Limerick academic, Dr Trevor Young, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering has been appointed to the Scientific Committee of the European Commission's Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (CSJU) research programme. Clean Sky 2 is the largest and most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever undertaken in Europe. It is structured as a public-private partnership with a total budget of almost €4 billion (2014 to 2024).

Johnson and Johnson Announce 100 jobs at new facility based on UL campus

Information Technology Shared Services, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., plans to create up to 100 new jobs through the creation of a Development Centre on the University of Limerick campus.  Making the announcement Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD was joined by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD and Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD at the University of Limerick.

UL graduate and All Ireland winning footballer Dr Anthony Maher wins SFI Research Image of the Year

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD, recently  unveiled Dr. Anthony Maher, former researcher at the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) in University of Limerick and member of Kerry’s Senior Football All Ireland winning team, as the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture ‘Starship Enterprise’ at the SFI Science Summit in Athlone.  His image will appear on the front of the 2014 SFI Annual Report.

Lero benefits from multi-million euro SFI investment

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English announced Government and industry funding of €245 million for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. Lero – The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre which is head-quartered at the University of Limerick is among the 5 world-class research centres to benefit from this announcement.

Solving a major scientific challenge

UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools

Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests. The research entitled ‘Nanoelectrical analysis of single molecules and atomic-scale materials at the solid/liquid interface’ is reported online in Nature Materials.

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