Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D. recently visited the University of Limerick to give an address at the launch of the 110th European Study Group with Industry hosted by MACSI - Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry. MACSI were the first to pioneer the introduction of this forum in Ireland in 2008 and this will be the 7th study group they have hosted to date. Speaking at the event, Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research said; “The University of Limerick has long had a track-record of innovation and responsiveness to industry. Collaboration is in our blood and part of what we do on a daily basis. So it is no surprise to see such a dynamic group of people involved in this years study group with industry: mathematicians, industry leaders, engineers all working together to solve critical problems.” The 110th European Study Group with Industry involved companies: SR Technics, NVD National Vehicle Distribution, Analog Devices, UTRC, J&J DePuy Synthes and Rusal Aughinish Alumina; many of whom have had long-standing relationships with UL, MSSI and with MACSI. The week-long event was also attended by academics from Universities in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Brazil, Spain, Bulgaria, as well as colleagues from the Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology.
During his visit Minister English was given a tour of the Analog Devices Building - the new home of the University’s €52 million strategic investment in research excellence. The 'Bernal Project’ is making significant contributions to Ireland’s national research initiatives in the strategically important areas of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Energy Research and Development.