Institutes & Centres


Interdisciplinary research is a core part of the University of Limerick’s convergence strategy. This is reflected in the research institutes

  • Materials & Surface Science Institute (MSSI)
  • Lero
  • Stokes Research Institute
  • The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society

Materials & Surface Science Institute (MSSI)

Materials & Surface Science Institute

Is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research focused on the design of materials for (i) Health, (ii) Transport, (iii) Energy and (iv) Clean Technology. MSSI's research activities are underpinned by core capabilities in modelling, synthesis and characterisation of materials over a range of length scales and these research themes are underpinned by state of the art infrastructure and facilities in the characterisation of materials.

LERO - Irish Software Engineering Centre

LERO Irish Software Engineering Centre

Lero is the Irish software engineering research centre. It brings together leading software engineering teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software engineering research and to the Irish economy. Lero is now ready to take on key challenges of Evolving Critical Systems. Lero interfaces with a wide range of industry, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

The Stokes Research Institute

Stokes Research Institute

The Stokes Research Institute is a multidisciplinary, multinational group of scientists and engineers working in close collaboration with many industries, hospitals and government organisations. The core research activities at the SRI are conducted in the field of micro-scale mechanical engineering. Two main strands are pursued - micro-thermofluids and micro-scale solid mechanics. The research places particular emphasis on optical measurement techniques, scaling methodologies and entropic optimisation.

Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society

Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society (ISKS) supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The institute has the following aims and objectives: further the interdisciplinary study of knowledge in society; provide excellent graduate research education; plan and guide research in a strategic and focussed way; facilitate collaborative research; enhance the reputation of the University nationally and internationally.