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.”

EPI*STEM awarded funding to create online programme for mathematics teachers

Improving mathematics proficiency among Irish school children has long been a topic of national debate. Since its establishment in 2008, EPI*STEM has been at the forefront of research and education to tackle the challenge of mathematics proficiency in Ireland. EPI*STEM’s work has been furthered through a recent announcement of €350,000 from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to establish an online upskilling resource for mathematics teachers and tackling the challenges within Physics Teaching at Junior Cycle. 

UL-based Lero marks 15 years of software research excellence

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero

In 2020, Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at University of Limerick, celebrates 15 years of excellence in software research.

As one of the longest-established SFI research centres, Lero will mark the occasion over the course of the year by highlighting some of its alumni and people who have had associations with the centre over that time.

UL-based Lero secures €6 million in research funding from Huawei

Lero Director, Professor Brian Fitzgerald and Puneet Saidha, Acting Vice President Research, University of Limerick along with Frank Du, President of Huawei Sweden Research Centre, planting a Ginkgo tree outside the Lero offices in University of Limerick to mark the announcement of the research funding Picture: Alan Place

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software based at University of Limerick, has secured a €6 million investment from Huawei to fund a research programme aimed at improving the reliability of software applications.

The investment funding is in joint cooperation with Huawei's Research Centre in Ireland and Sweden.

University of Limerick led SSPC wins Pharma Research Centre of the Year

The SSPC team collecting the award for Pharma Research Centre of the Year at the 2019 Pharma Industry Awards

SSPC, the SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals hosted at University of Limerick, has been awarded Pharma Research Centre of the Year and the Pharma Education and Training Award at the 2019 Pharma Industry Awards.

The awards recognise SSPC, a national research centre led by UL at the Bernal Institute, for its outstanding national and international industry-academia, inter-industry collaborations.

New material developed at University of Limerick could ‘help solve global water crisis’

A revolutionary new material developed at University of Limerick could “help solve the global water crisis” by producing water from air, even in the most remote of locations.

Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research.

His lab discovered a material with favourable properties for absorbing and releasing water from the atmosphere that could revolutionise dehumidification systems in buildings and the availability of water in regions of drought.

Minister Humphreys visits UL to launch €4.2m national research collaboration on driverless vehicles

With Minister Heather Humphreys at the launch in University of Limerick were Declan Black, Enterprise Ireland, Dr Siobhan Roche, Science Foundation Ireland, Joe Gibbs, General Manager of Lero, Dr Puneet Saidha, Director Research Support Services, UL, Professor Gregory Provan, Lero, UCC and Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Lero Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, has visited University of Limerick to launch a Science Foundation Ireland backed €4.2m research collaboration on driverless vehicles led by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

New University of Limerick-led PhD in Foundations of Data Science launched

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, seated, with Dr Ruth Freeman, SFI, Prof James Gleeson, UL and Director of CRT Foundations of Data Science, CEO Skillnet Paul Healy, Assoc Prof Claire Gormley, UCD, Co-Director of CRT, and Prof Ken Duffy, Maynooth University, Co-Director of CRT Picture: Andres Poveda

A new doctoral training programme in data science led by University of Limerick and a number of key industry partners has been launched.

UL-hosted Confirm to break ground on bespoke new €3.1m Park Point headquarters

University of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald with Professor Conor McCarthy of UL, CONFIRM Director and Co-PI

CONFIRM, the world-leading SFI research centre in Smart Manufacturing hosted by University of Limerick, is to break ground on its bespoke new €3.1m headquarters at Park Point.

With a tender process now concluded, CONFIRM will commence building works at its new headquarters, a bespoke 1619 m2 facility based in Park Point, adjacent to UL.