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.”

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.

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.

‘New phase’ for UL’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre after €5m funding

Pat Macken, Chair, PMTC, Darren Whitaker, Perceptive Engineering Limited and Sarah Hayes, Director, PMTC at the Knowledge Day

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute is embarking on a ‘new phase’ after securing €5m in funding.

One of the leading state funded, industry informed research centres providing advanced technology solutions for the pharma-sector, PMTC has appointed a new director and will expand its research focus to include data analytics as it launches ‘PMTC Phase 2’ following confirmation of funding from Enterprise Ireland, with support from IDA Ireland.

Lero opens Ireland’s first esports research lab at UL

Pictured at the Lero esports science research lab in University of Limerick are, from left, software lead Prof Conor Ryan, postgraduate researcher Yueying Gong, and lab director Dr Mark Campbell

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre based at University of Limerick, has opened Ireland’s first esports research lab.

The new lab is located in UL at the headquarters of Lero, a world-leading SFI research centre. Lero researchers at UL will conduct studies designed to boost performance of international amateur and professional esports players.

Bernal Institute signs deal to explore development of sustainable aviation fuel

Maarten van Dijk, MD of SkyNRG, with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag and Dr Puneet Saidha, Director Research Support Services, University of Limerick

The Bernal Institute at UL has signed a memorandum of understanding with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

The agreement between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and Trade Mission at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

UL graduate wins Kathleen Lonsdale Prize for best chemistry PhD thesis in Ireland

A UL graduate has won the Royal Irish Academy’s Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize. Dr. Xinxin Xiao, a Ph.D. Chemistry graduate of UL, won the award which is granted to the best PhD thesis in chemical sciences across the island of Ireland.

The award, which is sponsored by Henkel and formally known as the Young Chemist Prize, is granted to the most outstanding Irish Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences.

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