Ireland can learn from other countries on introduction of computer science as Leaving Cert subject – NCCA report

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education

- Report positive on girls’ performance in computer science but stresses need to increase participation

Ireland can learn from other developed countries in the development of a computer science course at Leaving Certificate level, according to a new report led by a team of researchers at the University of Limerick.  The report¹, commissioned by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) aims to advise on the best methods for implementing a course for upper second-level students.

Network of European experts exploring new weapons against drug-resistant bacteria

Professor Colum Dunne

A network of European experts has begun examining the potential of antimicrobial coatings to prevent the spread of drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals.

The Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations (AMiCI) consortium is studying the development, regulation, and “real life” use of these coatings, which can be used on textiles, including bed sheets and gowns, and solid surfaces such as walls, floors, beds and tables. Professor Colum Dunne from University of Limerick (UL) Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) is a member of the AMiCI Management Group.

UL researcher awarded prestigious global fellowship

Dr Mary O'Keeffe

A University of Limerick, Health Research Institute researcher has been awarded a prestigious global fellowship to further her research into lower back pain.

Physiotherapy researcher Dr Mary O’Keeffe is the first UL graduate to receive the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission. The award will enable Dr O’Keeffe to attend the George Institute for Global Health at University of Sydney, Australia, one of the top ten research institutions in the world for scientific impact. There, she will be hosted for two years by Professor Chris Maher who is the world leader in lower-back-pain research.

Lero wins €280,000 R&D programme to transform Limerick SME Kelmac into global internet player

Gerard Kelly, CEO, Kelmac Group, Limerick with Dr. Noel Carroll, Research Fellow at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre

Limerick SME Kelmac Group collaborates with Lero on a €280,000 R&D programme to transform it into global internet player. Kelmac Group® to double workforce and open international R&D technology centre at Plassey Technological Park, Limerick

Irish Universities in Brussels to discuss and influence next phase of Horizon 2020 and future EU Research and Innovation programmes

The Irish Universities Association (IUA’s) Vice-Presidents and Deans of Research (VPDOR) Group moved to Brussels for one of its regular meetings on 31st January 2017. Facilitated by Enterprise Ireland under its Horizon 2020 liaison programme, the meeting is part of a two-day itinerary set up to enable the VPDOR to meet with key EC officials to discuss their topics of interest as well as promoting the capability and excellent science within Irish universities to key stakeholders in Brussels.

Professor Luuk van der Wielen appointed as Bernal Institute director

Professor Luuk van der Wielen,Director of the Bernal Institute

Professor Luuk van der Wielen has been appointed Director of the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick.

The €86 million Institute, which was launched in November by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, houses more than 260 researchers who work across research themes of advanced materials, manufacturing and process engineering and fluid dynamics.

Professor van der Wielen takes up the position of Director of Bernal Institute and Bernal Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Design from Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Two of the world’s top 20 chemists at UL

Professor Michael O’Keeffe, Arizona State University and Dr Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering

Two of the world’s top 20 chemists, Professor Michael O’Keeffe, Arizona State University and Dr Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, Bernal Institute University of Limerick, pictured on campus recently as part of the Bernal Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

Professor O’Keeffe, who was listed at third in the world in chemistry, delivered the lecture “Beautiful Geometry of Crystal Structures”. Dr Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor also made the top 20 in the same list.

New head of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre announced

Professor Brian Fitzgerald has been appointed director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre which is headquartered at the University of Limerick (UL). He replaces Professor Mike Hinchey following an eight year term of office.

Roscommon born Professor Fitzgerald was formerly chief scientist at Lero and has been involved with the Science Foundation Ireland supported national research centre since its inception in 2005, apart from a spell as vice-president research at UL from 2008-2011.

Automated cars will be a game changer for the motor insurance sector

We are beginning to enter the twilight of the driving era as we know it and in a few decades, it will be rare for humans to be in control of a tonne of metal travelling in excess of 100km per hour. For those of us with young children, the likelihood is that they will never drive a car.

In many respects this has to a good thing, with global road deaths running at more than 1 million people per year and tens of millions injured each year, the quantum of pain caused by road transport is unimaginable. This era of road transport has, with some justification, been labelled autogeddon.

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