Excellence & Impact 2020 UL Launches ambitious Research and Innovation Strategy to drive university forward

Prof Don Barry, Minister Damien English, Dr Mary Shire launch Excellence & Impact 2020 - Research and Innovation Strategy

A roadmap for future growth and development to 2020 at the University of Limerick underpinned by Research and Innovation was unveiled today (12th January 2016) at the launch of Excellence & Impact 2020 -  research and innovation strategy for the University of Limerick by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD.

Bioethanol from microalgae - DEMA

Biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce the output of carbon caused by transport, and reduce the impact of transport on climate change. DEMA is a University of Limerick-led project focused on microalgae found in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks, where energy is extracted via photosynthesis to produce biofuels. DEMA is focused on the development, demonstration and licensing of a complete, economically competitive technology from the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae by 2016.

Changes in teaching to address gender gap in computing

Early teaching of mathematics and technology subjects needs to be reviewed if the gender gap in technology is to be addressed. This was stated by Professor Mike Hinchey, director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at the publication of the organisation’s annual report.

“There is no reason why women cannot be as successful as men in computing but evidence suggests that many girls are turned off at an early age by its geeky, anti-social, overly masculine, nerdy image.”

Looking back to help our future

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History has been awarded €329,181 from the Irish Research Council as Principal Investigator of a project titled Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913. 

The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information, applying linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories.

DIBANET - an integrated approach to biomass development

Dr Daniel Hayes

Biofuels are an important alternative to fossil fuels that can minimise the impact of energy production on global climate change. DIBANET is an Irish-led research project aimed at developing an integrated approach to biomass development that further enhances international cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the field of biofuels. This project aims at developing technologies to sustainably exploit biomass for the profitable production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. The project supports the development of technologies with a view to reducing dependency on fossil diesel imports in Latin America and Europe.