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Cork researchers join University of Limerick-hosted SFI research centre

Mon, 06 Jul 2020

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at University of Limerick, is to broaden its research resources with the addition of Cork Institute of Technology as an academic partner.

Hosted by UL, Lero currently brings together expert software teams from universities and institutes of technology across Ireland in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with industry at its heart.

Founded in 2005 with four universities working on the theme of software engineering research Lero has now grown to 10 higher-education institutes (HEIs) including CIT (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Maynooth University, Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tralee, and its host UL).

Director of Lero Professor Brian Fitzgerald, said CIT’s researchers, along with their colleagues in Lero’s other affiliated higher-education institutes, will enable Ireland reach its potential in the post-Covid-19 era, reaping the benefits of research and science to help safeguard the population and power the national economy.

“The Covid-19 crisis has shown us that academic and scientific co-operation is vital as we search for solutions to fresh challenges on an almost daily basis. We are delighted to welcome CIT to the Lero centre,” he added.

CIT Vice President for External Affairs, Michael Loftus, said joining Lero fits in with the CIT/MTU policy of engaging in and promoting world-class research.

“Lero has established an enviable and formidable global reputation, and this is an environment where our researchers will contribute and thrive in the years ahead. The CIT/MTU team are looking forward to joining the Lero alliance of Ireland’s top researchers,” he concluded.