Focus on University of Limerick research as Minister of State visits campus
Thursday, May 19, 2022

There was a major focus on research taking place at University of Limerick during a recent ministerial visit to the campus.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Research and Development Martin Heydon TD was a guest of the Department of Biological Sciences at UL’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Dr Karl Walsh, Head of Research at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine DAFM, Senator Maria Byrne and Barry Cassidy, Special Advisor, accompanied the Minister on Monday’s visit.

Professor Sean Arkins, Dean of Science, welcomed the Minister and Engineering at UL, before he then took part in a discussion focused on ongoing research funded by DAFM in the Department of Biological Sciences with faculty members Professor Ken Byrne, Dr Eilblis O’Connor, Professor Martin Wilkinson and Professor Dick Fitzgerald.

Minister Heydon also held discussions with Professor Maurice Collins of UL’s Bernal Institute, Dr Anne Marie Henihan, director of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre and Professor Norelee Kennedy, UL’s Vice President for Research.

Professor Kennedy said of the visit: “We welcome the opportunity to showcase to the Minister Hayden and the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, the excellent research underway at UL which is addressing key challenges for a sustainable society across areas of energy, environment and food.”

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community.

At undergraduate level, programmes are currently offered in the areas of Bioscience, Equine Science and Food Science and Health. These include Certificate, Diploma and BSc degree in Equine Science, and BSc in Bioscience, BSc in Food Science and Health.

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