UL to host new €5m Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC). Professor Gavin Walker, Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Powder Engineering and the research team at PMTC are working to build Ireland’s reputation for research excellence in the pharmaceutical sector. This industry accounts for over 50% of Irish exports and is responsible for over direct and indirect 60,000 jobs.
UL research aims to make structures safer and stronger through innovative joining solutions. The UL 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.
The Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) at the University of Limerick has been awarded €240,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) for a new space materials research project, entitled “Demisable Bio-Composite Materials”. The 18 month project which commenced last month is led by Dr Walter Stanley, Lecturer in Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Biomedical Engineering at UL.
Intelligent LED lighting systems will soon be found everywhere from energy-efficient sky-scrapers to the average Irish home according to researchers at the University of Limerick who are taking on the challenge to make light bulbs ‘smarter’, greener and more efficient using digital control.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick, has been named by Google as one of the global winners of the 2015 RISE Awards. Google’s RISE programme, which began in 2010, is designed to support organisations that encourage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programmes. This year Google will contribute $1.5m to 37 organisations in 17 countries.
Lero will utilise its $17,000 award to promote and organise computing summer camps at the University of Limerick aimed specifically at female secondary students from the age of 14 plus.
The University of Limerick has been announced as the host for the new Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) as the Irish dairy processing sector continues to ramp up its preparations for the end of milk quotas. The DPTC is a collaboration of 8 companies and 9 Research Performing Organisations (RPO’s) creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the 5 year term of the centre. The €25 million investment by Government and industry will position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation, and help to maximise the long term growth opportunities created by anticipated increase of 50% in the Irish milk pool by 2020.