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LIM­ER­ICK

In Lim­er­ick, the EU has funded the Ber­nal In­sti­tute in Uni­ver­sity of Lim­er­ick, a ‘Made in Lim­er­ick’ project, as well as a Na­tional Stu­dent En­ter­prise Awards prize for stu­dents at Des­mond Col­lege, New­cas­tle West.

Ber­nal In­sti­tute

In Novem­ber 2016, funded un­der Hori­zon 2020, the new €96m Ber­nal In­sti­tute was of­fi­cially opened in the Uni­ver­sity of Lim­er­ick. This mul­ti­pur­pose re­search space brings ex­ist­ing in­sti­tutes into a sin­gle lo­ca­tion.

The in­sti­tute will house over 260 re­searchers — among them six world ex­perts who al­ready hold Ber­nal re­search chairs and who lead teams mak­ing dis­cov­er­ies in dis­ci­plines like crys­tal en­gi­neer­ing, fluid me­chan­ics and mi­croscopy.

Photo: Alan Place

Prof Paul Weaver, Ber­nal chair of Com­pos­ite Ma­te­ri­als and Struc­tures, at UL. He leads the re­search pro­gramme which is set to po­si­tion Ire­land as a global hub for ad­vanc­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices in the com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als sec­tor.

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