UL leading two European PhD Training Networks

Pictured at the launch of the ITN programees were Dr. Sarah Hudson, Dr Luis Padrela, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, President UL, Prof. J.J. Leahy, and Anne Marie Henihan

University of Limerick is leading two new Marie Curie/EU Framework programmes for PhD training, called Initial Training Networks (ITNs).

LongActNow is UL’s first European Industrial Doctorate valued at €1.29 million and led by SSPC investigators Dr Sarah Hudson and Dr Luis Padrela. This network involves three universities and Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium) and will recruit and train 5 PhD students. The research will focus on novel platform technology for the development of long acting suspensions of complex active pharmaceutical ingredient.

REFLOW will study the recovery and reuse of phosphorous from dairy processing waste with 13 PhDs. The €3.5 million project is led by Prof JJ Leahy and the co-writer was Dr Anne Marie Henehan.  The network will study the recovery and reuse of phosphorous from dairy processing waste with 13 PhDs, of which 3 will be based at UL. All PhDs have been recruited and the project has commenced.

UL has four other researchers partnering in new Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. They are:
• Dr Jennifer Schweppe, School of Law and Dr Amanda Haynes, Sociology Department, involved in an ITN: Network of Excellence on Hate and Hostility;
• Dr Eamonn de Barra, School of Engineering is involved in a Network on Antimicrobial Integrated Methodologies for orthopaedic applications;
• Prof Edmond Magner, Department of Chemical Science, joins a network on Mass-transfer independent long-term implantable biosensors.

Postdoctoral Training Programmes

UL is the only Irish university to be awarded 3 postdoctoral programmes under Marie Curie COFUND which are co-funded by the EU and Science Foundation Ireland Centres; Confirm, Lero and SSPC. Prof Gavin Walker, SSPC, Prof Brian Fitzgerald Lero Irish Software Research Centre and Prof Conor McCarthy, Confirm- Smart Manufacturing are leading these programmes. They are currently recruiting fellows in such diverse disciplines as computer science, software engineering, advanced manufacturing, process engineering and smart manufacturing.

Interested in research at University of Limerick? Come join our Marie Curie Masterclass in June 2020. Travel bursaries are available, for further information to go Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Fellowships