Trinity College Dublin

The 10th international James Dyson Award was launched in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) this morning. Dyson engineer Nick Schneider from Dyson UK headquarters addressed the TCD School of Engineering and challenged students to think differently to solve problems at a special invention workshop. They will compete with students from 18 countries across the world to win the top prize of €36,000 and a further €12,000 for their university. The total prize fund this year is £100,000 (€120,000). Speaking at today’s launch, Prof Gareth J Bennett from the School of Engineering said excellence in design innovation is the solution to Ireland’s troubled economy. “Engineering students are naturally creative. Our job is…

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Researchers at Tyndall National Institute in Cork are partnering with scientists from the US and Northern Ireland on a €1m project aimed at unlocking the energy in water. The project aims to use semiconductor materials and sunlight to isolate energy-laden hydrogen in water by replicating processes found in nature. Entitled ‘Research into Emerging Nanostructured Electrodes for the Splitting of Water’ (RENEW), it is being led by Prof Martyn Pemble and Dr Paul Hurley at Tyndall, Prof Paul McIntyre at Stanford University and Prof Andrew Mills at Queen’s University Belfast. Borrowing from electronics, the researchers will first seek to create the optimum ‘artificial leaf’ using layers of semiconducting materials such as…

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PwC research

Ninety percent of global banking and capital markets CEOs are confident that their revenues will increase over the next three years, according to PwC’s 17th annual CEO Survey, which includes responses from 133 banking CEOs in 50 countries. It was also found that the number who believe that the global economy will improve over the next 12 months has almost tripled since last year – 56pc now compared with 19pc last year. This buoyant outlook is reflected in the fact that more than half plan to take on more staff over the coming year, with most of those anticipating headcount increases of at least 5pc. However, limited availability of talent…

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Renewable energy

Wind energy is Ireland’s greatest indigenous energy resource, and we should ensure we exploit it to the benefit of the Irish people, according to Dr Brian Motherway, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). “This is all about making Ireland more energy independent – harvesting our own resources instead of importing the expensive resources of others,” he said. In a defence of continuing wind energy development, Dr Motherway explained that on a range of objective measurements wind energy is delivering for Ireland, and that in the past five years renewable energy has saved over €1bin in fossil fuel imports, has reduced CO2 emissions by 12 million tonnes and…

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16 third-level scholarships awarded as part of Corrib Natural Gas scheme

Sixteen young people have been chosen to take part in Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib Natural Gas scholarship programme for 2013/2014. Now in its seventh year, the programme has involved 77 third-level scholarships being awarded to students in Co Mayo to date by the independent scholarship board which is chaired by Seán Staunton. At a function in Carne Golf Club to announce the successful students, Staunton referred to the change in the scheme which resulted in the applicants having to come together to write their themed essay in an exam-type situation. In previous years, applicants could research and write their essay at home. Managing director of Shell E&P Ireland Michael Crothers…

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The Professional Flight Training Exhibition is set to take place in The Convention Centre Dublin on Saturday, 22 March. Organisers are expecting to welcome hundreds of young Irish hopefuls to the seventh annual event. Budding aviators will have the opportunity to meet with airline representatives and flight training professionals to explore a career as a commercial pilot. The one-day exhibition is aimed at helping Ireland’s new fleet of pilots to explore future opportunities and to assist them in determining the requirements, career prospects and flight training costs of becoming a highly trained commercial pilot. Experienced flight trainers will be available to provide information and advice about how to become a…

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Eamon Gilmore

Ireland’s diplomatic network abroad is to be expanded with the addition of five embassies and three new consulates. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the proposed expansion of the embassy network is specifically designed to support Ireland’s foreign trade and inward investment, and takes account of the soon-to-be published review of the Government’s trade, tourism and investment strategy. It said embassies will be established for the first time in the fast-growing economies of Thailand (Bangkok) and Indonesia (Jakarta). Consulates general are to be established in the financial and business hubs of Hong Kong (China) and Sao Paolo (Brazil), and in the tech hub of Austin, Texas (USA). The…

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NUI Galway and Intel are to work together on research in the areas of high performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics. As part of the new agreement, the two will establish the Intel Parallel Computing Centre in the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) in NUI Galway. The new centre aims to significantly improve parallelism, scalability and efficiencies of existing high performance computing applications. Intel will fund the research programme led by director of the ICHEC, Prof JC Desplat. The programme will foster the uptake of current and next generation Intel many core technology, such as the Intel Xeon Phi co-processor. “Intel is pleased to expand our Intel…

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Sixty years ago this week 100 people gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel to establish the Irish Council of the European Movement. As the oldest organisation dealing with European affairs in Ireland over the course of the past 60 years the mission and vision of European Movement Ireland has developed and evolved. Its original objective of advocating for Irish membership of the European Economic Communities (EEC), as the EU was then known, has shifted since 1973 to encompass and reflect the changing priorities of Ireland’s relationship with the EU. In recent years, as this country has experienced seismic economic shifts, European matters have come to the forefront of the Irish national media…

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Three new members have been appointed to the board of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), including Ann Riordan as chairperson along with Geraldine Ruane and Aidan Donnelly. Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD said their appointments would bring “fresh industry perspective” to the work performed at board level in order to enable SFI to meet its Agenda 2020 objectives. Riordan said: “I am particularly excited about the role SFI can play in enabling Ireland to gain international global advantage in the areas where Ireland has research and industry strengths and further potential. “As an early evangelist of the economic benefits that knowledge based industries can contribute to the country’s…

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