University of Limerick Vice President Research Professor Norelee Kennedy
University of Limerick Vice President Research Professor Norelee Kennedy
Monday, 25 March 2024

The upcoming Research Week will offer ‘a window’ into the excellent and impactful research that is being carried out at University of Limerick.

That’s according to University of Limerick Vice President Research Professor Norelee Kennedy who launched the event, which takes place from 29 April to 3 May.

Among other topics, UL Research Week will look at what impact Artificial Intelligence is having on our working lives, what we can do to revolutionise sustainability for a greener future, how we can support and provide better care for older people who present at hospitals and what the impact of music is for people with dementia and their family carers.

These questions and more will be answered and debated during Research Week, which offers a fascinating insight into the diverse range of excellent fundamental and multidisciplinary research that is being carried out in UL.

The week-long series of events highlights the excellent research that impacts society at a local, national and international level.

There is also a focus on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the research landscape.

Unveiling details of UL Research Week, Professor Norelee Kennedy explained: “Research is at the heart of what we do in University of Limerick. As a research-intensive institution, innovation and creativity are at the core of what we do. We are creating knowledge for a better world.

“Research Week gives the wider campus community and members of the public a window into the excellent and impactful research that is being carried out in UL on a daily basis.

“Through our research strategy Wisdom for Action we are championing excellent fundamental research, which is contributing towards addressing global challenges, while embracing the spirit of collaboration, openness and discovery.

“Research Week is a platform through which we can tell our stories and debate the future direction of research and its importance,” Professor Kennedy added.

Among the other events taking place this year are:

Emerging Breakthroughs Advancing Cancer Research explores the five emerging themes of the research centre such as Tumour Microenvironments, The Cancer Genome, Lifestyle Biology and Cancer, Infection in Cancer and Blood Cancers. Panel members of the Limerick Digital Cancer Research Centre will discuss their groundbreaking cancer research.

Monday, 29 April | Engineering Research Building | 2.30pm

Public Understandings of Hate Crime: Ireland, North and South presents data from the ground-breaking Irish Research Council funded Public Understandings of Hate Crime,

Tuesday, 30 April | Engineering Research building | 4pm

Injury Surveillance in Rugby: Enhancing Player Welfare details the Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) project on the nature of injuries in Irish amateur rugby (male and female) and the school’s game. It includes the first long-term surveillance of injuries in the women’s game globally.

Friday, 3 May | Engineering Research Building | 9.30am

Research Trends in Electronic Music Culture focuses on the creative process in the digital arts and the aesthetic possibilities of new technologies and fosters experimentation in a wide range of disciplines, including electronic music, visual media, installation art, virtual art, and performance.

Thursday, 2 May | Foundation Building | 12.30pm

Research Ethics: Good Practice and Contemporary Challenges will debate recent challenges to undertaking research with human participants, with particular reference to the problem of criminal disclosures in the course of data collection, participant issues from consent to co-production and web challenges from data scraping to ChatGPT.

Wednesday, 1 May | Foundation Building | 11am

3-Minute Thesis Grand Final, join the finalists as they present a summary of their research and its potential impact – all in just three minutes, using one slide, in front of a panel of judges.

Wednesday, 1 May | Kemmy Business School | 3pm

Research Week 2024 takes place from 29 April to 3 May. Details of the full research week programme of events and how to register are available at