• Generating electricity from organic materials

    Glycine needle crystals grown on a polymer coating. Glycine is the smallest building block of all biological materials, and can be crystallised in many shapes. Bending these needles generates electricity. Researchers at the University of Limerick study a variety of organic materials that generate electricity when a force is applied to them.

    Image: Sarah Guerin, Postgraduate Researcher, The Bernal Institute, UL

    You can read more about the Bernal Institute on their website bernalinstitute.com

  • LERO involved in major research programme to develop autonomous farm systems

    Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Director LERO, Prof Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster. Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI

    Farmers could soon be able to avail of Artificial Intelligence to assist in managing their farm as a result of a new €2m Research & Development partnership announced today by Irish dairy equipment manufacturer Dairymaster, IT Tralee and Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre. The programme is backed by Science Foundation Ireland.

  • Ireland’s First Industry-Driven Masters in Artificial Intelligence is Launched

    Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) was recently launched in Dublin in response to a growing demand by industry for AI skills in Ireland. The programme, which will run in the University of Limerick from September 2018, was launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys (TD) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

  • European Research Council Advanced Grant 2018

    The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research.

    Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC frontier research grants are awarded

    Key dates:

    Call Opens:      17/05/2018
    Call Deadline: 30/08/2018

  • UL Irish Research Council Awardees Making a Global Impact

    Dr Mary Shire, VPR UL, Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, President UL, Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair IRC Board, Mr Peter Brown, Director IRC

    The global impact of UL's Irish Research Council awardees was highlighted  when UL hosted a meeting of the Irish Research Council Board. During their visit to the campus, the Board met with senior members of the University Executive and engaged with IRC awardees who presented and discussed their research spanning a wide variety of areas.

  • UL confers awards on 1,621 graduates at winter ceremonies

    Dr Monika Zacharska, Poland and Dr Marystela Barreto Lopes, Brazil, University of Limerick

    UL recently celebrated the graduation of 1,621 students at our winter conferring ceremonies. During the ceremonies, 64 PhDs were awarded as part of UL's continued commitment to fourth level education in Ireland.

  • Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) 2018

    The SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) aims to support excellent post-doctoral researchers who wish to take steps towards a fully independent research career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This programme supports award holders in establishing research independence, whereby the programme funds both the Starting Investigator (SI) and a PhD candidate for a four year duration.

  • Did Brexit and the US election make you more radical?

    Political disillusionment leads to more extreme political views, according to studies carried out by researchers at UL. The new research, published this week in scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that the experience of disillusionment is likely to occur when people’s political goals are not realised or their strong convictions are proved inaccurate or false.