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Analysing data with NVIVO One day course 9:30-16:30 *YOU SHOULD ONLY ENROL ON THIS ONE DAY COURSE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED AN INTRODUCTORY NVIVO DAY COURSE - Preferably at a previous course session. It is advisable for you to have completed day one OR to be an experienced NVIVO user in order to be able to participate in day two. The objective of this workshop is to conduct a piece of analysis using raw data and a research question. By the end of the session, the participants will have:
1. Set up a database with a robust architecture
2. Analysed the data using queries and manual analysis where appropriate
3. Reported on the findings
UL 28th July E-mail
Exploring Relationships & Regression Analyses One day course 9:30 - 16:30 One day course looking at exploring relationships between continuous/scalar variables including correlation, simple linear regression, multivariate regression with categorical variables included, more complex models & logistic regression. Other predictive models will be demonstrated. We will be using spss. This course is taught by an experienced statistician - advice can be sought during the day for specific research/statistics queries. UL 28th July E-mail
Introductory NVIVO One day course 9:30-16:30 The objective of this course is to equip you with enough knowledge to enable you to begin your project using a computer-aided methodology. By the end of the course you will understand the advantages and limitations of using a computer for qualitative data analyses and will know how to set-up a database, how to import data and how to code data. You will also understand the potential of NVIVO as a tool for organising, questioning and reporting on the data so that you can truly support and defend your findings. The depth and breadth to which these topics will be covered will depend on the general level of computer literacy of the group coupled with their experience, if any, of using databases designed for working with qualitative or unstructured data. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data if they have some. Otherwise, tutorial data will be provided on the day. UL 27th July E-mail
Basic Statistics for Researchers Two day course - both 9:30-16:30. This course covers the basic methods of analysis needed for quantitative research. Most researchers would find the material covered would be sufficient to analyse any data gathered as part of their research (both categorical and continuous variables). No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed although you will require a basic knowledge of using SPSS and/or other statistical software packages e.g. knowledge gained from the 'Introductory SPSS' course . The course uses sample data from the sciences and social sciences fields but the application is relevant to all subject areas. Topics covered include: Sampling; Data analysis - an overview; Types of data; Scales of data measurement; Coding questionnaire data; Describing data using graphical and numerical methods; Normal Probability distributions; Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing (Parametric and non-parametric); Multivariable analysis - Categorical variables - Chi-squared Test; Multivariable analysis - Quantitative (continuous) variables - Scatter plots, correlation and regression. This course is taught by an experienced statistician - advice can be sought during the day for specific research/statistics queries. UL 26th-27th July E-mail
Introductory SPSS One day course 9:30-16:30 This course provides an intensive introduction to SPSS. It assumes that participants have a basic familiarity with the Windows environment. We examine the features of SPSS for Windows, use a simple data set to cover the topics of transforming variables, selecting data for analysis, then perform basic analyses to produce frequency distributions, summary statistics and cross tabulations before examining some of the extensive graphic capabilities of SPSS. This course would provide an introduction to anyone wishing to analyse their own data using SPSS. This course is taught by an experienced statistician - advice can be sought during the day for specific SPSS problems. Those with sufficient statistical knowledge already would only need to go on this course in order to carry out any analyses. It is not recommended that SPSS and statistics be learnt at the same time. UL 25th July E-mail
Questionnaire Design One day course 9:30-16:30 This introductory course covers the basic elements of questionnaire design and question wording. Learn how to construct unbiased questions - the common mistakes and how to put them together in a survey and/or interview schedule that will be easily answered. The different requirements for postal and interview questionnaires as well as online surveys will be emphasised and practical exercises will be given in question wording. Various modes of presentation will be described. Some suggestions for ways of improving response rates will also be given. The course is taught by an experienced researcher and tips and advice will be given for specific surveys. After the course participants will be able to send their questionnaires for review by SCU consultants when written. UL 24th July E-mail
HRI's second National Summer School in Public and Patient Involvement

The HRI's second National Summer School in Public and Patient Involvement will take place on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd June at the University of Limerick. Based on the very positive and helpful feedback about last year's event, we have extended the Summer School to two days, adding some new and exciting items to the programme. Registration is now open through Eventbrite with limited places available -click HERE to register. More information on the programme of events is available on the HRI website

UL 22nd & 23rd June Register here
All-Island workshop on Bio-Based Industries opportunities in Horizon 2020

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) in Horizon 2020 - The BBI JU, which operates under the Horizon 2020 programme, is a €3.7bn Public-Private Partnership funded by the EU and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC), a group that collectively represents the European BBI private sector.  BBI JU calls are dedicated to realising the European Bioeconomy potential with the 2017 calls focusing specifically opportunities around Biobased Feedstock, Biorefining Process, Biobased Products and the requirement to develop Market Uptake. The 2017 calls opened on 11th April and will close on 7th September 2017 with an available budget of €81.3 million. This event is being supported by InterTrade Ireland, UCD, Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine. University College Dublin 10.00am  

Dublin 6th June Register here
5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

The European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE) and the UNI-SET consortium are welcoming registrations for the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event on the topic "Universities in the Energy Transition: Science & Skills for Renewables Integration". The conference is addressed to university leaders with an interest in the field of energy and other interested stakeholders active in energy research and education. It offers a platform for high-level discussion on current trend in European energy research policy and for identifying partners in higher education and research to contribute to this high end.

Leuven, Belgium 31st May - 2nd June Register here before 15th May
Health Products Regulatory Authority Innovation Day

As part of the HPRA's commitment to supporting innovation, they are holding a HPRA Innovation Day which will be held on the Thursday 25th May in O'Reilly Hall, UCD.The Innovation Day follows on from the launch of the HPRA's Innovation office which provides regulatory support and guidance to individuals, academics, small and medium enterprises, companies, and other groups who are developing innovative health products or technologies. The objective of this event is to create awareness of the support and guidance offered by the HPRA to facilitate innovation within the health products sector. This will include an overview of the recently established innovation office, the role of the HPRA in the regulation of health products and case studies and information on the road maps for specific types of products and activities within the HPRA's remit

Dublin 25th May Register here
International Clinical Trials Day at the Rotunda hospital We're hosting an information morning, from 10am - 12noon with cakes, coffee and information about the exciting research being conducted by the HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trial Network and all our partners. We will be screening our Curious Parents videos that showcase some of the research areas the Mother and Baby CTN is engaged in, displaying our research achievements from the past year, and hosting a 'Trials in Three' competition, where the winner is the person best able to present their Clinical Trial or Study in just 3 minutes! We hope you will join us for this relaxed gathering to cap the end of a busy week celebrating the importance and impact clinical trials and research have on our lives. Dublin 19th May  
Connected Health - Collaborating for Success

'ARCH Open Day: 'Connected Health - Collaborating for Success' Whether you're working in industry or academia, are a healthcare professional, policy maker or patient representative - is encouraged to attend this exciting showcase and networking event. There will be ample networking opportunities to discuss new developments in the field and upcoming opportunities for collaboration with the ARCH research team and the ARCH Industry Member network. Anyone with an interest in this dynamic and ever-evolving field is welcome - attendance is free but registration is essential. William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium in UCD. 10:00-13:30.

Dublin 19th May Register here
BBI JU 2017 Open Info Day & Brokerage Event High-level speakers from the European Commission and from industry will provide an overview of the opportunities in the bioeconomy sector in Europe and shed light on the updated SIRA (Strategic and Innovation Research Agenda). The BBI JU Programme Office will provide potential applicants with detailed information on how to prepare and submit a good proposal for the 2017 BBI JU Call, and there will be a dedicated networking and brokerage event in the afternoon. Brussels 28th April More information will be available soon on the BBI JU website
HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award webinar The new Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme targets healthcare professionals and others, and will bring a structured approach to research training in the clinical space. The HRB will host a webinar outlining details of the call on 25th April at 3pm. Webinar 25th April Register here
Irish Research Council Laureate Awards webinar

The Irish Research Council is delighted to announce that the 2017 call for the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme is now open for applications.  Further details can be found here: A webinar outlining details of the award will be held on 25th April at 12 noon.

Webinar 25th April Register here
SFI/EI Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) webinar Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is seeking to fund researchers who are at the initial stages of developing a new or innovative technology, product, process or service with strong commercial potential. A webinar will be held on Tuesday, 25th of April at 14.00 hrs (Dublin local time) to outline the details of the programme call. Webinar 25th April Register here
EHS Excellence in Postgraduate Research Seminar

You are cordially invited to the EHS Excellence in Postgraduate Research Seminar 2:00pm - 4:30pm D1050 (Main Building)

This event promotes and celebrates excellence in postgraduate students' research. This forum will showcase the excellence of emerging researchers who will promote our future research in Ireland.

UL 19th April RSVP by 13th April to:
Nexus Invites Are you struggling to cross the winning line, have had some limited success with Grant Applications, Business Competitions, Awards but still have not managed to push through the winning line. Then 'Nexus Invites' wants you! Where to now, by thinking outside the box! Save the Date, Friday 7th April, Nexus Innovation Centre, 11am-1pm. More to follow! UL 7th April  

President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme webinar

The President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme is a recruitment-only programme designed to attract to Ireland outstanding new and emerging research leaders in the earlier stages of their research career, in both scientific and engineering domains, where candidates may have both academic and/or industry relevant backgrounds with a focus on research excellence with impact. An information webinar (web-based seminar) on the SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme will be held at 2pm on 04 April 2017. Webinar 4th April Register here
Fulbright Irish Award Information Session

Fulbright  are coming on campus to present their Fulbright Irish Award Information Session. The Fulbright Irish Citizen Awards provide grants for Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, to research, study, or lecture in the U.S. on an annual basis. Time: 1.00pm Location: Job Placement Room- Students Union

UL 4th April Click here to register:
4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event The 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event offers more than ten discussion sessions, with opportunities to create new and cross-disciplinary research and education ideas, mutual learning and exchange of best practices of research and education initiatives. Speakers and sessions will focus on sustainable and renewable fuels, electric vehicles and e-mobility, carbon capture and storage, university-business collaboration and other partnerships. London 27-28th March Register here
Research & Innovation Staff Exchange Call (RISE) webinar Applying to the MSCA RISE 2017 Call or just want to know more about the programme? The webinar will take place at 11am GMT on 17th February. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 100. Webinar 17th February Register now here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Research Professional training webinar Once a month Research Professional run a 60 minute online training broadcast, aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their personal accounts on Research Professional, as well as introducing them to the features of the platform.  Sessions can be viewed from your own computer, and you will be able to ask questions via text chat. Each session covers: * Self registration and logging in * Building searches * Setting personalised alerts * Saving and bookmarking items * Subscribing to news alerts. Webinar 14th February Register now
EU LIFE Programme Information Day The EU LIFE Programme provides funding opportunities for the support of Environment, Nature Conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU with a budget of €3.4 billion for 2014-2020. Awards are typically in the range of one to five million euro for projects with a duration of three to five years. Maximum EU co-financing rates of 60/75% apply depending on the project topic. The European Commission's 2017 call for applications is due to open in mid-May, and is expected to reflect an increased emphasis on transnational projects. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, as National Contact Point in Ireland, invites you to this Information day, as a means of promoting the LIFE programme and assisting potential applicants in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse St, Dublin 2.Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (registration at 9:30am). Dublin 17th February If you are interested in attending, please contact
Engaging with Industry
Workshop one:  The Entrepreneurial Academic

The aim of this workshop is to introduce academic staff to the concept of the dissemination of knowledge through commercial processes in a way that augments their current and potential teaching/research practice.

Did you ever want to know how to:
Avoid working for free; Identify, evaluate, protect, exploit intellectual property; Managing opportunities: capability and capacity; Why people buy; Standing out from your competition; How to promote your work; How to initiate relationships with potential customers.

Venue: Wood Room, Plassey House 09h15 - 16h30

UL 31st January To book a place, please email
Public and Patient Involvement Dilemma Café Are you interested in Public and Patient Involvement in Research? Do you have any questions about how to get started? This Dilemma Café will be a facilitated discussion on real life PPI case studies and how to get started. Venue: The Pavilion, 10.30-13.30 UL 7th December To book a place, please send your request to
MSCA Innovative Training Networks 2017 Webinar Applying to the MSCA ITN 2017 Call or just want to know more about the programme? This webinar will introduce the fundamentals of Innovative Training Networks and the supports offered by the Irish Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office. The webinar will take place on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:30pm. You can also watch the recorded session which will be posted at approximately 2-3 working days afterwards. Webinar 17th November Register now
Evaluating Research Impact

The Research Impact working group and Human Resources Division are delighted to welcome Professor Roger Falconer, Cardiff University to UL as part of the Research Impact seminar series.Professor of Water Management; Chair of the Civil and Construction Engineering Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF); President of IAHR (2011-15); Founding Director of Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997-2014); Leader Institute of Environment and Sustainability (2003-2012)
Topic: Impact is increasingly gaining weight in proposals and funding awards, but what exactly are evaluators looking for?  In this seminar, Prof Roger Falconer shares insights from the UK's REF assessment where he chaired a panel of evaluators looking at case studies from universities across the UK. This talk is suitable for researchers at all career levels and from all disciplines. It may be of particular interest to those currently developing funding proposals. Venue: The Pavilion, 1pm

UL 10th November To book a place, please send your request to
Atlantic Bridge presents the University Bridge Fund

Atlantic Bridge, one of Europe's top performing growth technology funds, has announced a new €60 million investment fund for early stage companies with global potential that are built from world class research from all Irish third-level institutions and universities. Join us on the 28th of September to meet with Atlantic Bridge and learn more about the University Bridge Fund. Library Boardroom, Time: 10.30am

10.30am -11.00am         Tea & Coffee
11.00am-12.00pm          Helen McBreen - Atlantic Bridge Fund
2.00pm- 4.00pm            One to one sessions

UL 28th September

RSVP is essential:
Please advise if you would like to book a one to one 20 minute session

SFI Career Development Award Webinar Science Foundation Ireland invites proposals for its career development award programme. This supports early career researchers who are already in an independent academic position. SFI will host a webinar on Tuesday 27th  September from 14.00- 15.00 GMT to discuss the main points of the 2016 SFI CDA Programme. Webinar 27th September Registration
H2020 ICT Proposers Day

ICT Proposers' Day 2016 is organised on Monday & Tuesday the 26-27 September 2016, as part of Digital Week in Bratislava. The event will focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 in the field of Information & Communication Technologies. It will offer a unique and exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

Bratislava 26-27th September Website & registration
SFI Investigators Programme 2016 webinar The SFI Investigators Programme supports the development of world-class research capability and human capital in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that demonstrably support and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland. There will be a webinar outlining the details of the programme on 11th August 2016 at 15:00, participation is strongly advised Webinar 11th August Registration
Marie Curie Proposal Writing Workshop In advance of the 2016 deadline for MSCA Individual Fellowships (14th September 2016), the Irish Marie Skodowska-Curie Office is holding a proposal writing workshop for applicants. The workshop will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions on August 10th Dublin 10th August To register complete the registration page by 22nd July
Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Writing Workshops To assist researchers and supervisors in preparing a competitive proposal for the upcoming MSCA Individual Fellowships Call (deadline 14th September), UL is hosting a proposal writing workshop in UL on August 3rd. The national contact point for Marie Curie Suzanne Miller-Delaney will conduct the proposal writing, section by section. Alternative session on 10th August in Dublin (listed above) if you cannot make this session. UL 3rd August Advance registration and a short draft proposal is required by Wed 13th July. Email
SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award webinar The SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award Programme 2016 provides a unique opportunity for eligible academic biomedical investigators to combine cutting-edge biology with Pfizer's drug discovery and development platforms and expertise. The purpose of each collaborative project will be to identify potential biopharmaceutical candidates directed at novel disease targets or pathways of interest which are suitable to modulation by a biologic or antibody-drug conjugate. There will be a webinar on 19th July at 3pm to outline the programme, participation is strongly recommended. Webinar 19th July Registration
Marie Curie Individual Fellowships webinar A training webinar will take place at 2:30pm on 4th July. To register, please email The webinar will be recorded and made available afterwards for those who cannot participate at the appointed time. Webinar 4th July To register, please email
Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellowship scheme information day

The scheme is for outstanding scientists still in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.  It enables outstanding early career researchers based within eligible Research Bodies in Ireland to apply for up to five years' research funding including salary in the first instance, with the possibility to apply for competitive renewal for an additional three years. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering and mathematics, but excluding clinical medicine and direct biomedical research.  Successful candidates will be awarded a fellowship by the Royal Society, the cost of which will be met by Science Foundation Ireland. The next round will launch in July 2016 with a closing date in September 2016. An information day on the Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellowship scheme will take place at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Please note that an additional  briefing event will be taking place in Dublin on the 1st of July at 1.30pm in the Science Gallery, Dublin.

NUI Galway 30th June Registration
eHealth Ireland Ecosystem meeting

The aim of the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem is to break down silos, transform healthcare delivery, and create economic growth. In the past twelve months the Ecosystem has delivered a comprehensive programme of events, consultations, roundtables and collaboration among its stakeholders. The HSE and Department of Health are delighted to announce the fifth official meeting of the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem will take place on the 29th of June 2016 at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4. The event is facilitated by the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance).

Dublin 29th June Register here
Funding Open Access for Post-Grant FP7 Publications: Information Webinar

In 2015 the EC launched a €4 million project to fund an Open Access option for publications stemming from completed FP7 (including ERC and Marie Curie) projects up to two years after their end-dates. To date, uptake of this opportunity by FP7 researchers in Ireland has been very low and the Commission are keen to promote the fund to the Irish research community. To this end, a national webinar providing information on the initiative is being organised for Research Office and Library Staff in Irish RPOs. 

Webinar 22nd June Complete registration form
Webinar on the SC5 Call 2017

Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy. A "webinar on the SC5 Call 2017" involving Alison Imrie, Policy Officer and Work Programme Coordinator for Societal Challenge 5 in the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission -  will  take place on Tuesday 21 June at 9am (GMT)

Webinar 21st June  
In order to attend you need to register under the follow link:
Horizon 2020 seminar on Transport and Clean Sky 2 InterTradeIreland is supporting an upcoming Horizon 2020 seminar on Transport and Clean Sky 2 on 8th June 2016 in Belfast.  The seminar will feature presentations covering upcoming Horizon 2020 calls, Clean Sky 2 opportunities plus case-studies from successful participants. Belfast 8th June Further details and registration
CAROLINE postdoctoral research Fellowships information sessions The Irish Research Council is launching a new programme of fifty 2-3 year postdoctoral research Fellowships starting later this year. CAROLINE - Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe - is a new Marie Skodowska Actions (MSCA) COFUND programme, a partnership of the IRC and the European Commission. CAROLINE Fellowships will be open to any discipline, and mobility is required - international, intersectoral, interdisciplinary. Our new webpage gives you more information on the scheme: The Council will be hosting regional information sessions around the country in order to disseminate news of the programme as widely as possible. We are inviting all researchers to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet members of the IRC CAROLINE team and ask questions to Research Officers from relevant institutions. 10.30am-1pm; 11.30am;12.15pm Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road Limerick 3rd June

Register here

Webinar available here

Research Impact Series Impact & Funding - this workshop will provide advice on how to write impact statements for funding applications with examples from SFI and Horizon 2020.  
Dr Sean McCarthy, Managing Director, Hyperion. ERB 001 (Engineering Research Building)  9.30am-1pm
UL 2nd June To book a place, please send your request to
Telling your Research Story A one-hour session for academics from award-winning TV science producer and author Paul Bader. Ad delivered at Imperial College, London. Join award winning broadcaster and write Paul Bader for an inspiring lunchtime talk on how to speak to any audience about your expert field. Paul is part of the Screenhouse team delivering media skills training to the Royal Society, London. He's at home working with experts including scientists and engineers at universities and research centres across the UL and Ireland. Venue: EM009 Main Building 1-2pm UL 1st June To book a place, please send your request to
The Impact of the Social Sciences

This seminar will discuss how research in the social sciences has impact on government, business and civil society. It will look at the particular challenges for social science researchers from the impact agenda and especially from some definitions of impact. It will look at the ways individual academics and research units can build up a picture of their own impact both to understand it better as well as provide evidence for their influence. The session will end with some top tips for how to try and create impact from your research.

*Jane Tinkler @janetinkler has been a social science researcher for nearly ten years working on applied projects with government, civil society and academic partners. Prior to joining POST, she was based in the Public Policy Group at the London School of Economics where most recently she worked on the impact of academic research in the social sciences. Her recent publications include: (with Simon Bastow and Patrick Dunleavy) (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their work makes a difference

UL 19th May

All are welcome; please email to register.


Research Impact Lunchtime Series

Impact: how academics and their work make a difference. In the UK, the impact agenda has changed how and what research is funded and how research is evaluated. But it has also highlighted the role of academic researchers in influencing real world problems. This session will outline the changes that the UK has seen around impact from both an academic and policymaker perspective. It will look at examples of where research has been used effectively to create impact. The session will end by looking across some of the way in which impact has been created including building long term partnerships and using social media. 
Jane Tinkler, Senior Adviser in social science at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). She has been a social science researcher for nearly ten years working on applied projects with government, civil society and academic partners. Prior to joining POST, she was based in the Public Policy Group at the London School of Economics where most recently she worked on the impact of academic research in the social sciences. Her recent publications include: (with Simon Bastow and Patrick Dunleavy) (2014) The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their work makes a difference

UL 19th May

To book a place, please send your request to


Research Impact Lunchtime Series

An international and multidisciplinary perspective on making an impact. This workshop will look at how academics can have impact through engaging in high-level policy development.  It will give practical advice about working effectively in multi-disciplinary, international committees, and discuss some of the challenges and learnings that an academic may experience. Dr. Ken Byrne, Department of Life Sciences and member of the UN-mandated Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Wood Room, Plassey House 1pm-2pm

UL 12th May To book a place, please send your request to
Health Research Board Strategy Presentation

Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive, Health Research Board (HRB) will be presenting HRB Strategy, followed by a Q&A session
Venue: GEMS0016, GEMS Building, UL, 12pm Light networking lunch at 1pm. All are welcome to attend

UL 28th April Please indicate your attendance by emailing
Obesity: A public health perspective on behaviour change

The HRI are delighted to welcome Professor Ivan Perry from University College Cork who will open our 2016 seminar series on Wednesday 27th April 2016, 12.45pm, in LERO ROOM T3-013, Tierney Building with his presentation entitled: "Obesity: A public health perspective on behaviour change"

Professor Ivan Perry is Professor of Public health and Principal Investigator for the HRB centre for diet and health research.  He has served on the national Steering groups for both the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) and the Growing up in Ireland (GUI) Children's cohort study. His research has focused on public health nutrition,  and he has published extensively on diet and the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, with over 200 peer reviewed journal publications and over 10,000 journal citations.

UL 27th April RSVP to
HEAnet and UL Research Workshop ITD in conjunction with HEAnet have organised a Research Workshop aimed at the research community and technical staff. The aim is to raise awareness on campus of the types of support HEAnet can provide to UL research projects. KBG-16 University of Limerick, 10:30 - 13:15 UL 26th April Please register for this event for catering purposes
An introduction to Nexus Innovation Centre

Nexus Innovation Centre is a community of start ups working together to achieve fast tracked success. Call over on your coffee break to See, Learn and Experience what Nexus Innovation Centre has to offer. Overview of Nexus Innovation Centre, what it does and the client companies it supports; Meet the people behind the centre: Gert O'Rourke and Simone Power; Tour of the Centre and its facilities; Chat with some of the client companies; Q & A to answer specific questions you may have; Light refreshments will be available

Nexus Innovation Centre, Tierney Building, University of Limerick, 21st April 2016, 11.00am-11.45am       

UL 21st April 2016 RSVP: 
Research Impact Lunchtime Series

Collaborating with Industry Partners for impact. This workshop will share examples of how researchers have collaborated with industry to boost the impact of their research.Brendan O'Malley, General Manager, Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre. Venue: Wood Room, Plassey House, 1pm-2pm. Buffet lunch served, places are limited. 

UL 19th April 2016 To book a place, please send your request to
Discover Programme Call 2016 webinar

The Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call aims to support and develop science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and public engagement sector in Ireland by investing in, developing and extending activity and ability in this area, and exploring and encouraging novel means of engaging the public. The purpose of the Call is to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in STEM. A webinar on the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call 2016 will take at 11.00 hours (Irish time) on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. The webinar will also include a Q&A session.

Webinar 19th April 2016 Please register for the webinar here
Startup Weekend Limerick
Final Competition Pitches

You are cordially invited to Startup Weekend Limerick Final Competition Pitches  where you will witness the Cream of Local Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
Experience the energy, enthusiasm and excitement of some of the leading lights of Limerick's Startup ecosystem as they present their business ideas to our panel of judges including: Roisin Crotty -  Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Limerick; Shane McAllister - Founder and CEO, MobaNode; Gillian Barry - Enterprise Development & Business Liaison Manager, LIT; Kieran Normoyle - Founder and CEO, Ocean Survivor. Venue: CSIS Building, University of Limerick April 17th Arrival: 6pm. Drinks reception on arrival.

UL 17th April 2016
Tickets are complimentary but we would kindly ask you to email to register
Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) Programme 2016 Science Foundation Ireland is seeking to fund researchers who are at the initial stages of developing a new or innovative technology, product, process or service with strong commercial potential. A Webinar will be held on Tuesday, 12th April at 14.00 hrs (Dublin local time) to outline the details of the Programme. Webinar 12th April 2016 Register for the webinar
Funding Opportunities with the EIT in Materials Science and Engineering research

Presentation on  Funding Opportunities with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in Materials Science and Engineering research. This event will give an overview of the funding call, the application process and related documentations and guidelines. UL has joined the Raw Materials platform under the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), known formally as the Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community or KIC. See
Location: Library Boardroom, 2pm

UL 8th April 2016

Please contact: Cathal Linnane,, if you wish to attend this event.

Health Research Futures Lab: Research Showcase On the 7th of April from 1.30pm we will be showcasing the emerging research from 5 new interdisciplinary health research teams. There will be a presentation from each group of their work, and a panel of experts will decide on a winner of seed funding, aimed at supporting their own going research (sponsored by AcoE/Johnson & Johnson). There will also be an overview of the lab methodology, as well as a keynote address from Dr Hilary Moss, director of the National Centre for Arts and Health (NCAH) and lecturer in Music Therapy at the Irish World Academy, UL UL 7th April 2016 Register here
Interreg Project Idea Lab The Call 3 transnational event will have a programme of activities to help you network, find new partners and progress you idea into an application.  The Interreg NWE team will be available to advise on how to develop a successful application. Participation is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. Sign up on our website to receive alerts and we will send you an email when the registration is open. We expect around 250 people from the 8 NWE countries. Frankfurt 7th April Register here
Research Impact Lunchtime Series

Impacting Public Policy - Case Study: A nation of couch potatoes?  Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health in Ireland. This workshop will illustrate how research has had a real impact on public policy.  Prof Alan Donnelly, Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Buffet lunch served, places are limited. Location: Wood Room, Plassey House 1pm-2pm

UL 30th Match 2016 To book a place, please send your request to
1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Titled "Human resources and new knowledge to build the future energy system", the 1st UNI-SET Clustering Event (ECE) will take place on 24-26 February 2016 and will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. The event is the first of a series of five UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events which will take place in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field. The five events seek to mobilise the European university community to tackle the "energy challenge" by fostering exchange and collaboration between researchers, educators and other stakeholders. The events will also explore how universities can enhance their contribution to the current EU energy policies, framed by the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the European Energy Union.

Norway 24th-26th February 2016 Further information and registration
SFI Research Centres Programme 2016 webinar SFI will host a webinar on Friday 22nd of January 2016 from 2pm to 3pm to provide an overview of the main points of the SFI Research Centres Programme 2016.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is 13:00 GMT on the 4th of March 2016 and the deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 13:00 GMT on the 28th of April 2016. Participation in the webinar is advised for all potential applicants. Webinar 22nd January 2016 Space is limited, reserve now
Public and Patient Involvement seminar

Nationally and internationally, there are agendas promoting Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in health research. The Health Research Institute would like to invite you to a lunch time seminar on Public and Patient Involvement in the Millstream common room between 12.30pm and 2pm on Thursday 21st of January.   The purpose of the seminar is to introduce proposals for this sub-theme in the HRI and to invite expressions of interest to take it forward collaboratively to advance health research at UL.

Millstream Common Room 21st January 2016 Please indicate your attendance by emailing
President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Programme webinar The President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme is a recruitment-only programme designed to attract to Ireland outstanding new and emerging research leaders in the earlier stages of their research career in both scientific and engineering domains, where candidates may have both academic and/or industry relevant backgrounds with a focus on research excellence with impact. An information webinar (web-based seminar) on the President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme will be held at 2pm on 20 January 2016. Webinar 20th January 2016 Register here
Optimising Health Research Proposals workshop Get feedback on drafts of your proposal, hear from reviewers and funding bodies. Pavilion, UL 19th January 2016 To book a place, please send your request to
HRB Strategy 2016-2020 Launch webinar Graham Love, HRB Chief Executive will give a short (15 mins) presentation highlighting our key areas of focus. A Q&A session will follow through Instant Messaging on Go To Webinar. You can join the conversation at #hrbplan2020 Webinar 19th January 2016 Register now
Commercialisation Fund webinar Information Session on the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Programme 2016. Join us for a webinar on Jan 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM GMT.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Webinar 12th January 2016 Register now
Lunchtime Seminar Series - Is there a market for my research

Lunchtime Seminar Series - Is there a market for my research. Seminar 3: Market Research 13.00 -13.50. Speaker: Katrina Bradley, Commercial Consultant, Montana Marketing. Intended for Researchers or members of the UL community who are interested in learning more about market research that supports commercialisation of university research outputs.Hosted by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in conjunction with HR. A light lunch will be provided from 12.40 onwards and the talk will commence at 13.00.           

AD1-045, Analog Devices Building 17th December 2015 To book a place, please send your request to

Science Summit: Excellence. Agility. Collaboration. Place. Openness.

Excellence. Agility. Collaboration. Place. Openness. These are the core themes set out in the UK Government's 'Our Plan for Growth: Science and Innovation' paper, which sets out £5.9bn of capital to support scientific excellence. The review stresses the importance of research achieving excellence and the need to operate at a quickening pace and show agility to seize new opportunities. The importance of place is also recognised with continued investment in elite technology and innovation centres. The modern demand for openness and engagement is also key with HEFCE considering how to reward open data as part of the future REF assessments. The need to foster higher levels of collaboration between disciplines, sectors, institutions, people and countries is fundamental to boosting competiveness and productivity. This conference will explore how to keep the UK's research base at the cutting edge of world science outlining how to nurture scientific talent, support research excellence, forge strategic partnerships and catalyse innovation.

London 10th December 2015 Full details and registration
H2020 Health Calls Grantsmanship -  writing the most effective proposal. Must dos and must don'ts 09.15-13.00 Pavilion, UL 10th December 2015 To book a place, please send your request to
What do Funders Look for in a Competitive Bid?

This workshop will focus on the generic aspects of good grant writing, with a bent towards physical & biological sciences, engineering and ICT.  This workshop would thus suit academics in the Faculty of Science & Engineering. The trainer, Dr. Pam Johnstone, once a researcher herself, spent over a decade as senior manager of multi-million pound research portfolios for government departments and a large medical research charity.  During this time, Pam oversaw the assessment of thousands of research grant applications, experience that gave her great insight into the elements that make for a successful bid and at the same time those elements likely to lead to failure.  Through the use of example material and interactive exercises, she will explore these aspects with you and offer a number of tips along the way. 0900-1530

The Tierney Building
10th December 2015 To book a place, please send your request to
SFI Spokes Programme 2015 webinar

SFI is pleased to announce the launch of the SFI Spokes Programme 2015. SFI's Spokes programme is a vehicle to enable the addition of new industrial and academic partners and projects to an SFI Research Centre, so allowing the Centre to expand and develop in line with new priorities and opportunities. This will ensure that the Research Centre retains its cutting research edge and industrial relevance and so enhance its sustainability. An information webinar (web-based seminar) on the Spokes programme will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015. Click here for full details on the Spokes programme.

Webinar 9th December 2015 To register for the webinar please click on this link
European Nanoelectronics Forum

With a history that dates back to 2001, the annual European Nanoelectronics Forum (ENF) has forged a place in the agendas of everyone interested in this domain from businesses big and small, to policy makers to researchers. The 2015 edition of this important event, will be held at the Maritim Hotel Berlin on 01-02 December in Berlin, Germany. Over the 2 days, participants will come together to learn about the latest innovations and industry trends, as well as to get updates on policy developments, European strategies and collaborative funding programmes. With more than 70 projects to be exhibited, interactive information sessions on hot topics as well as a top notch plenary programme, ENF2015 promises to deliver a unique networking opportunity for all attendees and a comprehensive snapshot of nanoelectronics R&D&I in Europe today.

Berlin 1-2 December 2015 Event website & registration
All-Island Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Conference The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, The Marine Institute, the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Contact Point Network will host a joint event aimed at all current and future applicants to H2020 SC2 calls from Ireland and Northern Ireland. The programme will include keynote speakers covering a range of themes followed by Q&A, North South SC2 Case Studies, details of the supports available to participants and break-out sessions to take a more in-depth look at the specific areas within SC2. Full programme details will follow soon and for further information please contact Venue: The Westin Hotel, Dublin Dublin 1st December 2015 For further information please contact Carrie Small
MSCA Innovative Training Networks webinar

In advance of the 2016 Call deadline for MSCA Innovative Training Networks (12th January 2016), the Irish Marie Skodowska-Curie Office are offering a webinar to assist researchers with writing an ITN proposal. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions and will take place from 16:00 to 17:00 on December 1st. NB: For those unable to participate at the appointed time, the webinar will be recorded and placed on the IUA website for viewing at your own convenience.

Weninar 1st December 2015 To register, please email You will receive an email confirming your registration and containing more information about accessing the webinar. Please note that it may be up to 72 hours before you receive the confirmation email.
eChallenges Conference

The eChallenges e-2015 Conference takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is the twenty-fifth in a series of annual technology research conferences supported by the European Commission and hosted by national governments.eChallenges attracts participation from senior representatives of leading government, industry and research organisations around the world. eChallenges e-2015 will provide an international forum to foster ICT related entrepreneurship and innovation, share experiences, increase awareness of innovative applied ICT applications and research results, and identify opportunities for research collaboration under Horizon 2020, in the context of the new Work Programme for 2016 - 2017.

Vilnius 25-27 November 2015 Event website & registration
Erasmus+ Information Session

Come along to our information session and find out more about the opportunities available under Erasmus+, the European Union funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. This event is especially for new applicants and is designed to provide an introduction to Erasmus+, helping you find out more about the funding opportunities most suitable for your organisation. Refreshments will be served from 9am, and the event starts at 9.30am.

Belfast 26th November 2015 Event website
Marie Curie programme 2016 talk

Dr. Jennifer Brennan, Marie Skodowska-Curie National Contact Point will visit UL on 19th November to talk about the Marie Curie programme 2016 calls for proposals for fellowships and research networks. The session will start at 2pm in the Glucksman Library Boardroom. All welcome. This event will cover the following calls in 2016: * Innovative Research Networks, ie o European Training Networks o European Industrial Doctorates o European Joint Doctorates * Research & Innovation Staff Exchanges * Individual Fellowships  o European Fellowships,  o Career Re-Start and Career Reintegration Fellowships o Industrial fellowship o Global Fellowship

UL 19th November 2015

To Register: Email with your name, dept and scheme of interest (eg European Fellowship)

MSCA presentation

Euraxess presentation

H2020 Health Calls Pitch Perfect: Articulating my Ideas (developing your elevator pitch for both verbal and written use - how to use this to build a consortium).  09.15-13.00 Pavilion, UL 19th November 2015 To book a place, please send your request to
European Data Forum 2015 The European Data Forum (EDF) is a meeting for industry professionals, researchers, policymakers and members of community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy and to develop suitable action plans for addressing these challenges. Of special focus for the EDF are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), since they are driving innovation and competition in many data-driven economic sectors. The range of topics discussed at the European Data Forum ranges from novel data-driven business models (e.g. data clearing houses), and technological innovations (e.g. Linked Data Web) to societal aspects (e.g. open governmental data as well as data privacy and security). Luxembourg 16-17 November 2015 Event website & registration
Longitude Prize: Information Event

An information event on the Longitude Prize will take place at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) in Dublin on November 11th at 4pm.This briefing on the competition details will be given by a member of the Longitude Judging panel, Martin Kiernan, Research Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre at the University of West London and is Director of Clinical Research and Education for Gama Healthcare. Longitude Prize is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. It is being run by Nesta, supported by Innovate UK. The Longitude prize was launched in 2014 to celebrate the 300 year anniversary of the original competition which sought to find a means to measure longitude. Six topics were put to the British public, who collectively voted on antibiotic resistance as the most pressing issue facing humanity in the coming years.

Dublin 11th November 2015 Event website and registration
Info Day on H2020 'Smart, green and integrated transport'

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 challenge 'Smart, green and integrated transport'. Presentations will cover the Work Programme for 2016-2017 and the application procedure, as well as detailed information on the calls.  Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the day. More information and the agenda will follow. Compulsory registration for the event will open in September.

Brussels 5th November 2015 Event website
Erasmus+  Developing Successful Joint Master and Doctoral Programmes This course is designed for Higher Education Institutions planning to submit proposals for funding under the Erasmus+ Programme for Joint Masters or Joint Doctorates or developing a joint degree outside the Erasmus + framework. Academics, international and academic office staff and those responsible for developing, delivering, and supporting international joint programmes Belfast 5th November 2015 Event website
European security research conference

This event affords an opportunity for great engagement with experts from different backgrounds and understandings in the area of security research; be it from a standardisation, policy making, crisis and emergency first responder perspective. Please see the Full Schedule for a detailed look at what will be taking place over this three day event. Please note that places are limited.

Dublin 4-6th November 2015 Event website & schedule
Optimising Health Research Proposals workshop Planning - The details of the proposal: budgets, personnel, the application process, statistics, writing the impact piece of the proposal. Pavilion, UL 3rd November 2015 To book a place, please send your request to
Marie Skodowska-Curie actions webinar The 2016-2017 Work Programme for Marie Skodowska-Curie actions was published on 14th October. The Irish Marie Skodowska-Curie Office is offering a webinar to summarise the Calls and new aspects in the Work Programme, including the new Society and Enterprise Panel within the Individual Fellowships Call. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions and will take place from 15:00 to 16:00 on November 2nd. Webinar 2nd November 2015 To register, please email You will receive an email confirming your registration


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