Research Week 2022 will take place from the 25-29th April.

We look forward to bring you a busy programme of events that reflect the breadth and depth of research in our vibrant campus community. A combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid events will be offered throughout the week, you can download the digital programme below or view the full listing with links to registration for each event.

Research Week 2022 Brochure

Monday 25th April

Learning from the Pandemic- the Power of Data in Public Health brought to you by the Health Research Institute, UL 

Official launch of Research Week 2022 by Professor Kerstin Mey, University of Limerick President.

Prof Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland will deliver a keynote address and will be joined by panelists; Dr Catherine Motherway Head, Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Limerick, Prof. Cathal Walsh, Chair in Statistics, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, UL, Prof. Aedin Culhane, Professor of Biomedical Sciences,  (Cancer Genomics), School of Medicine, UL, Dr Mai Mannix, Director of Public Health, HSE Mid West

Analog Devices Building,  AD2-010  11am-12.30pm  Register Here Join our MS teams livestream here
The Resilient Researcher with Dr Jen Allanson

PhD seminar series brought to you by Graduate and Professional Studies. 

Online Event 1-2pm Register Here  
How to get published in a scholarly journal

Top Tips from a Publisher with Michaela Kurschildgen, Elsevier.

Online Event 2pm-3pm Register Here  
My journey in science - pursuing a career in research 

Panel discussion involving early career researchers. Dr Sarah Guerin, Researcher, Department of Physics & Bernal Institute, Dr Ibrahim Aminu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Bernal Institute, Dr Fayola Peters, Data & Analytics Developer, Johnson & Johnson, Dr Eoin Hinchy, Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing & Automation, UL, Dr Yvonne Halpin, Head, Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office. Introduced by Prof Philip Nolan, SFI Director General.

Confirm HQ 3.30pm-4.30pm Register Here Join our MS teams livestream here
‘Picture this’ research exhibition

An exhibition of the finalists in the ‘Picture this’ research image competition for Postgraduate Researchers. 

Kemmy Business School All Week Find out more  


Tuesday 26th April

AStruM 2022 - Towards a Circular Economy 

Bernal Institute is delighted to welcome Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement, eGovernment and Circular Economy at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform who will deliver the keynote address at AStruM 2022. Introduction by Prof Luuk van der Wielen, Director, Bernal Institute, welcome by Prof Norelee Kennedy, Vice President of Research, UL. The keynote address will be followed by a fireside discussion with industry representatives from Boston Scientific, ESB, Beauparc, Becton Dickinson, Analog Devices on the circular economy. Panel moderated by Catriona Tierney, Limerick’s Live95fm.

Analog Devices Building, AD2-010 

10.30am-11.45am Register Here Join our MS teams livestream here
AStruM 2022 - Towards a Circular Economy Cluster Sessions: Bernal institute hosts a series of parallel virtual presentations from their cluster groups: Composites, Molecular Nano, BioMaterials, Process.        
Process Engineering Cluster Ecologically Engineered Solutions for a Circular Economy in Metals & Mining by Dr Ronan Courtney and Seeing our Fertilizer Future From our Past by Dr Marzena Kwapinska. Chaired by Dr Maryam Karimijafari and Prof Gavin Walker, SSPC, Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals and Bernal Institute, University of Limerick 
Online Event 12.15pm To join on MS Teams please click here  
Biomaterials Cluster - The Rise and Fall of the Intervertebral Disc by Professor Theodoor H. Smit, Department of Medical Biology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, 
Characterising Biological Tissues for the Development of Medical Devices, Regenerative Therapies, Diagnostics, and in vitro Organ Models by Dr Eoghan Cunnane, School of Engineering & Bernal Institute, Cardiovascular Disease and Functional Foods: How to Advance the Current State-of-the-art? by Dr Daniel Granato, Department of Biological Sciences Bernal Institute. Chaired by Dr Aisling Ross School of Medicine and Health Research Institute, Prof Andreas Grabrucker, Bernal Institute.
Online Event 12.15pm To join on MS Teams please click here  
Molecular and Nano Cluster - Metabolite and Peptide Self-Assembly: From Biological Organisation to Novel Materials by Prof Ehud Gazit, Tel Aviv University, Israel chaired by Dr Ning Liu, Department of Physics and Bernal Institute. Online Event 12.15pm To join on MS Teams please click here  
Composites Cluster Sustainable multiscale manufacturing of composites by Prof Clemens Dransfeld, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands chaired by Dr Demetra Hadjiloizi, School of Engineering and Bernal Institute & Prof Paul Weaver, Bernal Chair in Composites Materials and Structures, Bernal Institute. Online Event 12.15pm To join on MS Teams please click here  
Professional Planning and Development for Postgraduate Researchers with Elaine Kiely, Cooperative Education & Careers. Part of the PhD seminar series brought to you by Graduate and Professional Studies. 

Kemmy Business School, KBG-13 

1pm-2pm  Register Here  
Revealing the Secrets of Successful Publishing - Meet the Editor. Publishing in a leading academic journal requires familiarity not only with the announced policies but also with the relevant tips and tricks. These are explained by the editors themselves.  Glucksman Library, Moot Court  2pm-3.30pm  Register Here Join our MS teams livestream here
What can a Citizen Innovation Lab do? Visit Limerick’s new Citizen Innovation Lab and hear some stories about what it can do. Interact with the Lab’s digital tools including the Limerick Energy Model – a digital twin of Limerick’s Georgian Neighborhood – and the crowdsourced mapping tool. This event, part of Limerick City and County Council’s City Engage Week, runs concurrently with the ‘Fab Lab Open Day’ and is supported by the +CityxChange EU Horizon 2020 project. Citizen Innovation Lab, UL City Campus, Sarsfield Street. V94 DW21 3.30pm -5pm Register Here  
Fab Lab Open Day Fab Lab Limerick presents a broad range of exciting and innovative technologies, with demonstrations and activities for all. Check out our open source digital fabrication machines in action - including laser cutting, 3D printing and SLS printing, CNC cutting and Small-batch Electronics Fabrication  - and much more! This event is free and open to all, but reservation on Eventbrite is required. This event runs concurrently with the ‘What can a Citizen Innovation Lab do?’ event and is supported by the +CityxChange EU Horizon 2020 project. Citizen Innovation Lab, UL City Campus, Sarsfield Street. V94 DW21 4pm - 5.30pm Register Here  


Wednesday 27th April

Health Research Institute Research Day. UL’s Health Research Institute host a day-long event beginning with an open address from its Director, Prof Alan Donnelly.

Kemmy Business School, KBG-12 

9.30am – 4.15pm  Register Here  
Voice of Youth in Research. Increasingly there is a focus on including the youth voice in research. This virtual masterclass will explore how youth can be involved in health research, creative methods of accessing the youth voice, and the challenges/opportunities in engaging with youth. Experiences of youth involved in research in the School, Child & Youth (SCY) Mental Health and Wellbeing Lab will also be presented by young people involved in research projects. Chaired by Dr Jennifer McMahon, Department of Psychology and welcoming Dr Katie Dowling, Members of the BeWell Youth Advisory Panel, Limerick Youth Service.  Online Event 9.30am –11am  Register Here Join on MS teams here
The Future of the European Union. A panel discussion involving Prof Joachim Fischer,  Prof Jan Plamper, Deirdre Clune, MEP, Dr Michael Kelly, Prof Bernadette Andreosso. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, MEP who will address ‘The Future of the European Union in light of the Ukraine crisis’ Kemmy Business School, KBG-16 11am-1pm  Register Here Join our MS teams livestream here
CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing Open Day

Tour the new & exciting state of the art, bespoke built SMART Manufacturing Research facility that houses 4 fully operational production bays. CONFIRM will be showcasing its secure on-site data Centre, Ireland’s first private 5G cellular network, 3D printing facility, AutoCAD development suites and Mechanical workshop facilities.

Also, on display in the bespoke state of the art Testbed, are several ongoing fundamental and applied research projects in Smart Manufacturing. These include physical and cyber test environments for innovative manufacturing projects, digital twin modelling, factory in a box, modular manufacturing, several robotic work cells, autonomous guided vehicle solutions and supply chain optimisation through drone technology. It is also demonstrating a Cyber Range that provides a secure, sandboxed virtual interactive environment that can simulate real-world threat scenarios and environments, including complex IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) environments and cyber-attacks on infrastructure, networks, software platforms and applications

CONFIRM will be operating a free shuttle bus from outside the Stables in UL for those who register to attend this event. 

Confirm HQ

Shuttle bus for those who register

11.30am-1pm Register here  
The Importance of Wellbeing for Postgraduate Researchers with Prof Catherine Woods, Chair of Physical Activity for Health. Part of the PhD seminar series brought to you by Graduate and Professional Studies.  

Kemmy Business School 


1pm-2pm   Register Here  
From Research to Spinout: Role of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Hosted by the Technology Transfer Office, Nexus Innovation Centre and Kemmy Business School.

Nexus Innovation Centre, Tierney Building 

12:45pm-2:30pm  Register Here  
Publishing your research data. There are many benefits to publishing your data as a researcher. Such as getting credit for your data findings, ensuring your findings reproducible and replicable, and supporting the preservation of data long-term. In this session Dr. Frank Häge & Professor Tiziana Margaria will speak about their experience of publishing data. We will also introduce ULs new Research Data Repository. Brought to you by Library Research Information Services.   Glucksman Library, Moot Court   2pm-3.30pm  Register Here  


Thursday 28th April

Getting published with Emerald Publishers. Brought to you by Library Research Information Services Online 10am-11am Register Here  
Incorporating Gender into your Research Design – the Lero Experience. Lero – the SFI Software Research Centre welcomes Prof Ita Richardson, Professor of Software Quality, former Director of Lero and Professor of Software Engineering Mike Hinchey, Eileen Trauth, Professor Emeritus of Information Sciences & Technology, and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Brian Harkin, CodePlus Researcher and Dr Martina Prendergast, Lero’s International Funding Manager. The session will describe the best practices that Lero has taken to ensure that gender is incorporated at all levels in the Centre’s activities, from research design to management and governance levels. Moderator - Dr David Newport, Assistant Dean Equality Diversity Inclusion & International, Faculty of Science & Engineering Kemmy Business School, KBG-16 11am-1pm Register Here  
Academic/Research Careers – an international perspective. What makes a successful international career? Join us for this panel discussion with representatives from European Universities and the EU. Dr Karen Vandevelde, HR Director, Antwerp University Dr Julia Sievers, Head of Academic Affairs Department, University of Bremen Dr Vincent O’Sullivan, National Expert working in the macroprudential policy unit, Department for Financial Stability and Capital Markets (DG FISMA), European Commission. Organised by the Learning and Development Team, Human Resources Division, UL.    . Online 1pm-2pm Register Here  
Communicating your Research. With Dr Ger Downes, Graduate and Professoinal Studies as part of the  PhD seminar series brought to you by Graduate and Professional Studies.  Kemmy Business School, KBG-13 1pm-2pm Register Here  
Fragmented work boundaries and digital  (dis)connections. Kemmy Business School in association with Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). The session will include a panel debate with academic researchers, policy and trade union experts around digital transformations to the world of work. It will cover remote working challenges, policy and regulation debates around digitalisation and artificial intelligence at work, rights to disconnect from technological surveillance and control. Introductions from Professor Jacqueline O’Reilly, Co-director, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, Sussex University, and President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). Chaired by Professor Tony Dundon: Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and including Dr Michelle O’Sullivan, Department of Work & Employment Studies, Kemmy Business School, Dr Aida Ponce Del Castillo, New Technologies and Foresight, European Trade Union Institute, Dr Caroline Murphy, Department of Work & Employment Studies, Kemmy Business School.  Kemmy Business School, KBG-12 2pm-3.30pm Register Here Join the zoom livestream here
Biodiversity and the 6th Mass Extinction: Lessons from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2019) prepared by the Intergovernment Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services lays out the current state of the climate crisis in stark terms: now, more than ever, our natural world is under threat. This roundtable explores how Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences can help provide this understanding and bring about transformative change as envisioned by the Global Assessment Report. Chaired by Dr Diarmuid Torney, co-director of the DCU Centre for Climate and Society, the roundtable includes contributions from; Dr Aileen Dillane, Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture, Dr Orla Kelleher, School of Law, Dr Martin Power, Sociology Department, Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture, Dr Aengus Ó Fionnagáin, School of English, Irish & Communication, UL, Dr Emily Cullen, Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence, Dr Mariano Paz, School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. Kemmy Business School, KBG-13 3pm-5pm Register Here  
Three-Minute-Thesis Final and ‘Picture this’ photograph your research awards. The final is here, postgraduate students who have come through the Faculty heats will present a captivating summary of their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. Followed by a panel of judging providing feedback and prize giving ceremony. Presentation of prizes for ‘Photograph Your Research’ competition with networking activity afterwards. Kemmy Business School, KBG-12 6pm Register Here  


Friday 29th April

Research in Teaching and Learning: transforming teaching practice and the student experience. Brought to you by the Centre for Transformative Learning.  This session will explore some of the research being carried out at UL in teaching & learning. The focus will be on how research into our teaching (and student learning) can help bring about a transformation in both teaching practice and the student experience. The format of the session will be short presentations followed by a Q & A and panel discussion. Speakers include Prof Michele O’Dwyer, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dept. Of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School, Dr Michael Johnson, Lecturer in Digital Transformation, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Dr Anne Griffin, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Allied Health, and Dr John Walsh, Lecturer in Information Management, Department of Management & Marketing, Kemmy Business School. Kemmy Business School, KBG-13  9.30am-11am Register Here
How to get published with Sage Publishers. Claire Deakin from Sage Publishers will lead this session on getting published. Online 10am-11am Register Here
Communicating research and engaging with media.

UL’s Marketing and Communications division will host a seminar for researchers looking at how to publicise research and to engage with traditional and new media. Communications Officer Alan Owens will advise on how academic staff can work with the UL Comms team to profile newsworthy research. There will be a general introduction to the Marketing and Communications division’s staff and services. This will be followed by coffee and time for networking. Following this, a panel discussion will take place on how researchers can interact with media.

Jim Carroll, editor of RTE Brainstorm and Sheila Reilly, Head of Editorial Development at the Irish Examiner, will attend, along with Professor Orla Muldoon and Professor Kevin M Ryan of University of Limerick.

Jim will provide an overview of the Brainstorm multi-media platform and how it works for academics. Sheila will offer a perspective on what media might be looking for from universities, academics, researchers and new expert voices.

Kemmy Business School, KBG-16 11am-1pm Register Here
Your Unique Edge. With Dr Hannah Roberts part of the PhD seminar series brought to you by Graduate and Professional Studies.  Online 1pm-2pm Register Here

You can get a flavour of previous Research Weeks from the video below.