UL Academic named as UN International Biodiversity Expert

Dr Ken Byrne, UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES

Dr Ken Byrne, Department of Life Sciences at the University of Limerick has been nominated as an International Expert, for the UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  Dr Byrne will be a Lead Author for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration. This commenced at a meeting in Switzerland this August and is due for completion in 2017. He will work as part of a team of international experts to conduct regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia.

Challenges of managing Intellectual Property tackled with unique IP Law Workshop Series

Paul Dillon, Director, Technology Transfer Office at UL and Professor Ray Friel

According to leading Law academic at the University of Limerick, Ray Friel most businesses are unaware of the true extent of the Intellectual Property (IP) assets they own and simply do not know or understand the complete spectrum of tools available to protect and exploit those IP assets to the full. Accordingly they are quite literally losing millions of euros in unseen asset potential.

Two UL Academics announced as new members of the Royal Irish Academy

Prof Tom Lodge, Prof Bernadette Whelan, Prof Mary Daly, Prof Anthony McElligott

The 19 new members who signed the Royal Irish Academy roll book this week in a centuries old tradition, included UL Professors Bernadette Whelan, a leading scholar in the history of Irish–American relations and Anthony McElligott a leading historian of twentieth-century Germany.

R&D investment central theme at UL President’s Dinner as PhD scholarship fund launched

A record number of almost 300 philanthropic and business leaders attended the 12th annual President’s Gala Dinner organised by the University of Limerick Foundation and held for the first time in a marquee on the lawns of the University campus overlooking the river Shannon. A fully-funded PhD scholarship programme to support excellence research with impact was announced on the night with proceeds from the event to support the initiative. The UL Research Impact PhD Scholarship programme has been established to nurture the next generation of researchers whose work will have benefits for industry, society, economy, culture and the world at large. Johnson & Johnson have pledged to support four scholarships through the fund.

Award Winning UL Researcher to Set off for Yale

Dr Michael Griffin, School of Culture and Communication at UL has been announced as joint winner of the 2015 Archibald Elias ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Irish-American Research Fellowship.

This award will enable Dr Griffin to pursue documentary research at the Beinecke Library, Yale University and at the Free Library of Philadelphia towards a new Cambridge University Press Edition (co-edited with Dr David O’Shaughnessy, Trinity College Dublin) of the Collected Letters of Oliver Goldsmith (pictured above).

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