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.
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.
The University of Limerick has recently announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of STEM Education, Sibel Erduran. Professor Erduran will also take on the role as the new Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, NCE-MSTL.
Bernal Chair of Energy, Professor Bartek Glowacki was recently honoured by the President of Poland when he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta. The Knight’s Cross is presented by the Order of Rebirth of Poland and is one of Poland’s highest orders. The order was conferred for outstanding achievements in the fields of science and education.
A University of Limerick research project which aims to develop new ways to join components has been awarded €1.35 million funding through the Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme. Principal Investigator, Dr Conor McCarthy explains the significance of this project: “Nuts and bolts have been used for centuries to join safety-critical structures together. However, bolts require holes to be drilled in the assembled parts and this leads to a drastic reduction in their ability to withstand the forces of nature and impacts from everyday use.”
An Orbital Sciences rocket blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in the USA last Sunday 13th July, bringing with it an experiment designed by Limerick students. The students from St Nessan’s Community College, Limerick were winners of a competition ‘The Only Way is Up’ run by the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) which offered them a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring their experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment will investigate the effects of microgravity on reinforced concrete while spending 30 days orbiting the earth.
Four University of Limerick researchers have been awarded in excess of €1.85 million in funding by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of today’s €23 million funding announcement by Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock. The UL research awards included Career Development Awards to Dr Pat Kiely, Dr Sarah Hudson and Dr Christophe Silien and a Starting Investigator Research Grant to Dr Stephen Dooley.
UL’s Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering ranked among the world’s top 1% of highly cited researchers
Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering at the University of Limerick has been ranked among the world's top 1% highly cited researchers displaying exceptional impact. Only three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, has won industry commitments worth in excess of €400,000 for software modernisation programmes.
“The reality is that there is a lot of old software out there which is still at the heart of many critical applications, particularly in the area of financial transactions. For example, more than 50 years after the COBOL language was invented, the stark fact is that there are 200 times more COBOL transactions daily than Google searches,” commented Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Chief Scientist, Lero.