Bernal Events2018-11-27T18:43:01+00:00

Prof. Floor van der Hilst, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Tuesday 25th February, 5pm, AD1-045 Analog Devices Building

Science & Engineering/ESB Visiting Lecture Series The Connection between the Land and Energy Sector in Meeting Green House Gas (GHG) Mitigation Targets: Considering Local Conditions for Meeting Global Goals (To reserve a place email: eileen.madden@ul.ie  Light refreshments will be served at 4.30pm) Abstract Meeting the GHG emission reduction targets agreed upon in Paris agreement will be an immense challenge for all countries. It requires immediate action to decarbonize the vari...

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Alexander Legant Nanoscribe GmbH Karlsruhe, Germany

Tuesday, 04 February 2020, 10h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Photonic Professional GT2: Highest resolution 3D printing in research and prototyping” The achievements of the two-photon polymerization based world’s highest resolution 3D micro-printer will be presented. The device offers a defined control on the feature sizes and resolutions ranging from nanometer to micrometer scale and accessible print area of ~ cm2. Subsequently, the printed structures can be transferred into metal, semiconductors or ceramics by electro-plating or coating techniques. ...

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Dr Agnes Banreti Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV) Nice, France

Thursday, 6 February at 12h00, AD1-045/046

D-Life: The Importance of Proteome Homochirality Maintenance and Underlying Mechanisms Homochirality is one of the key principles of life. Our proteins are composed of homochiral monomers, exclusively of L-amino acids (L-AAs), while D-amino acids (D-AAs) are thought to be non-proteinogenic. This is crucial because enzymes have stereo selective binding modes and therefore, do not cooperate with proteins partially or fully consist of D-amino acids. Recent advances demonstrate that various stre...

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Bernal Institute Industry Day

Thursday, January 16, 10am to 4pm

Bernal Industry Day ‘Collaboration, Leadership and Support’   Keep up to date with the latest research in materials science, technology and R&D funding available to industry by speaking to the experts themselves at the Bernal Industry Day. Speakers include; • World leading Materials Scientists • Representatives from Europe’s Research and Development Funders, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Horizon 2020 • Keynote speech by Marcus Horan, Munster Rugby, I...

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Dr Taha Merghoub Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center USA

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 12h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Immunotherapy in Oncology and Addressing the Challenges with Combination Strategies ABSTRACT Immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) therapies, such as the ones targeting cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), have displayed durable clinical responses in various cancers and are now approved by the FDA for a growing list of cancer types. Although these new immunotherapies have had a notable effect on cancer treatment, they only benefit a limited...

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Dr Maurice N. Collins School of Engineering in Polymers and Tissue Engineering Bernal Institute and the Health Research Institute University of Limerick

Tuesday, 10 December, 12h30, MSG-024 Bernal Institute

Sustainable Carbon Materials and their Composites ABSTRACT Multifunctional nanostructured materials are finding application in a range of sectors such as energy production and storage, catalysis, sensing and biomedicine. Advanced carbon materials possess unique properties such as: high electrical conductivity, high chemical and thermal stability, low toxicity, and ease of chemical functionalisation. However, the vast majority of their synthetic routes involve petroleum based materials. This is...

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Dr John W. Nolan Advanced Nano Technologies Ltd Dublin

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11h00 - 16h00 (seminar at 11h00 followed by demonstrations) MSG-024/25 Bernal Institute

The audience will be introduced to the general area of optical spectroscopy, then specifically Raman, its theoretical underpinning and positioning in respect to other forms of optical spectroscopy, highlighting Raman’s advantages that have led to its ever-expanding utilisation in a multitude of fields. Associated Data Science techniques will also be touched upon. This will be followed by an introduction to Advanced Nano Technologies small volume-drop Raman Flipper Spectrometer, outlining the b...

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Dr Tim Bartels UK Dementia Research Institute University College London United Kingdom

Monday, 2 December, 15h00 , MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Selective Brain Region Vulnerability in Parkinson’s Disease is Governed by α-Synuclein Conformations Neuronal aggregates of alpha-synuclein (αSyn) (Lewy bodies and neurites) are a pathological hallmark of Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). It has recently been discovered that αSyn, a neuronal protein of unclear physiological function, normally exists in cells and brain tissue principally as α-helically folded multimers that resist pathological aggregation. It ...

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Dr Alexander Vinogradov International Laboratory of Solution Chemistry of Advanced Materials and Technologies (SCAMT) ITMO University Saint Petersburg Russia

Tuesday, 26 November, 12h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Solution Chemistry Nanolithography of Optical Nanostructures ABSTRACT Solution chemistry nanolithography (inkjet printing) is a dynamically developing technology characterized by relative simplicity (in comparison with photolithography, plasma etching and some others), easy scalability and a great variety of applications (from bioprinting to inorganic metamaterials). Over the past three years, there has undoubtedly been considerable progress in the development of optical and photonic devices. ...

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Dr. Vincenzo Oliveri Lecturer, Mechanical and Space Design Engineering School of Engineering

Tuesday, November 05 12h30 MSG-024 Bernal Institute

An Efficient Analysis Method for Advanced Lightweight Structures With the increase in demand for efficient medium sized commercial aircraft, there is a requirement for faster through-put production processes for composite structures. Fibre-reinforced thermoplastic based composite systems offer excellent specific mechanical properties, particularly fracture toughness, as well as opportunities for faster through-put processing methods. In this presentation, issues related to processing large carb...

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Professor Pietro Asinari Multi-Scale ModeLing Laboratory (SMaLL) Politecnico di Torino Italy

Wednesday, October 23 12h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Modelling the Impact of Molecular Interfaces Beyond the Atomistic Scale ABSTRACT In this talk, three examples of molecular interfaces, which have an impact beyond the atomistic scale in relevant engineering applications, and how to model them numerically will be discussed. First, the focus will be on the role of water in molecular and nano materials. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to compute the self-diffusion coefficient of water within nanopores, around nanoparticles, carbon na...

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Caleb Stine Virginia Tech Virginia, USA

Friday, 11 October 13h00 MSG-024 Bernal Institute

Interstitial Fluid Flow and Tumor Invasion ABSTRACT Glioblastoma is one of the deadliest brain cancers, with no curative treatments available and an average survival time of <15 months after diagnosis. This is due in part to the infiltrative nature of the disease and complex interactions of the tumor with the surrounding microenvironment. Invasion in the brain follows distinctive routes that correlate with interstitial and bulk flow pathways. In brain cancer, there is increased interstitial...

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Professor Elizabeth M. Topp Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana

Wednesday, October 16 12h00 MSG025 Bernal Institute

Solid-state Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange (ssHDX-MS) in the Development of Lyophilized Protein Formulations ABSTRACT Many protein drugs are marketed as lyophilized solid powders. To develop the product, candidate formulations are evaluated in stability studies that can take years to complete. While physicochemical analyses (e.g. FTIR, Tg) provide information about the properties of the solid, they are usually poorly correlated with storage stability. There is a need for a stability-indicating a...

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Professor Nejat Rahmanian, University of Bradford England

Friday, 20 September 12h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Seeded Granulation ABSTRACT Seeded granulation was firstly introduced by Rahmanian et al. (2011) and is a process of making granules with uniform properties and structure. This occurs when small particles form around a larger core particle and forms a core-shell (seed) structure. The process has applications in the pharmaceutical industry as it allows for even drug distribution through the granules as a seeded granule should be covered in one full layer of the fine particles. This presentation...

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Dr Adel Mhamdi RWTH Aachen University Germany

Thursday, 19 September 12h00 MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Model-based Dynamic Optimization of the Production of Monoclonal-antibodies in Mammalian Cell Cultures ABSTRACT Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) constitute one of the leading products of the biopharmaceutical market with significant therapeutic and diagnostic applications. This has drawn increased attention to the intensification of their production processes, where model-based approaches can be utilized for successful optimization and control purposes. This presentation will discuss how to formu...

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Professor Jiban Podder, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Wednesday, 11 September 15h30, MSG-025 Bernal Institute

Growth of Some Novel Single Crystals from Aqueous Solutions for Optoelectronic Applications ABSTRACT Crystallization of single crystals has developed as an important field over many years, both for basic research and industrial applications in many scientific disciplines. The rapid development of optical communication systems has led to a demand for nonlinear optical materials for high performance in electronics, optoelectronics devices. Single crystals play an important role in the developmen...

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) – 5th Annual Knowledge Day

Thursday, 29 August, KBS, UL

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) - 5th Annual Knowledge Day The day will include topics directly relevant to your industry including the latest research progress with regards to plant cleaning & changeover, process development, control, optimisation and data analytics. Keynote addresses by industry thought leaders and academics Lightning talk sessions detailing PMTC industry led research collaborations with partner companies Lightning t...

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Dr Solange I. Mussatto Technical University of Denmark Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)

Tuesday, 18 June, 12h00 at MSG-025, MSSI Building

Potential Contributions of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries for a Sustainable Future ABSTRACT The desire to have a more sustainable future, with lower emissions of carbon to the atmosphere, less dependency on oil, and a more appropriate reuse and valorization of wastes, has motivated society to change its habits and develop new processes for the production of compounds that meet its daily needs. Nowadays, the use of all the different components of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of val...

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Dr Seham K. Abdel-Aal, Cairo University, Egypt

Tuesday, 11 June 2pm at MSG-025 MSSI

ABSTRACT Hybrid perovskites of the formula A2MX4, A: ammonium substituted organic cation, M: a divalent metal ion and X: a halogen (Cl, Br, I) have attracted considerable attention recently. Their applications include lead-free perovskite solar cell, optoelectronic, exitonic and self-assembly quantum well. The properties of these hybrid perovskites OIHs are functions of A, M and X and there are possibilities to tailor the structure, physical and chemical properties according to the technologica...

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Professor Mark Towler Ryerson University Canada

Thursday, 6 June, 12h30, MSG-025 MSSI Building

Osentia®:  A Novel Screening Tool for Fracture Risk ABSTRACT Osentia® is sold online (www.osentia.co.uk/) and through selected UK-based pharmacies. OsentiaÒ, invented by Mark Towler, exploits a patented algorithm that combines information around a subject’s protein structure with their clinical risk factors to determine relative risk of fracture. This presentation will consider how OsentiaÒ originated from basic research in Towler’s laboratory through its development in clinical ...

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Prof. Michael McCarthy, School of Engineering Irish Composites Centre (IComp)

Tuesday, 4 June 12h30 at MSG-024 MSSI Building

ICONIC: Improving the Crashworthiness of Composite Transportation Structures – an EU ITN ABSTRACT ICONIC is an Horizon 2020 funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) focused on crashworthiness of composites transportation structures. Led by Queens University Belfast, ICONIC is funding 15 “early-stage researchers” (ESRs) to obtain their Ph.D. at nine organisations around Europe. Besides performing technical research, the ESRs receive extensive technical and generic skills training throug...

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Maarten van Dijk & Misha Valk, SkyNRG Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Friday, 24 May 15h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building

Scaling up the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Markets Worldwide, air travel produced 781 million tonnes of CO2 from approximately 250 million tonnes of kerosene in 2015. This is approximately 2% of human produced CO2 and 12% of global transport emissions. Global passenger‐kilometres increase by 4‐5% annually, and historic improvements in aircraft fuel efficiency, operations and infrastructure contributed so far to a combined 1.5% emission reduction per year. As an island, Ireland depends st...

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Bernal Fluids Day

Wednesday June 26, MSG024/025 MSSI Building, Bernal Institute

Celebrating the completion of the Limerick Bubbles Rig Theme:  Industrial Multiphase Flow Date: Wednesday June 26, 2019 Programme 09:30   Registration, reception at MSG024 & MSG025 10:00   Welcome, Prof. Harry Van den Akker 10:15     Prof. Uwe Hampel, Helmholtz Institute Dresden-Rossendorf 11:00    Corné Muilwijk, PhD student UL, on Limerick Bubbles Rig 11:25     Regina Lynch & Stephen B. Jeffery, Eli Lilly 12:00    Dr Orest Shardt, UL 12:15    ...

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First summer school on composite materials and structures

17-21 June, Bernal Institute

Composite materials and structures are finding extensive applications in automobile, aerospace and wind energy industries due to their outstanding performance and weight saving capabilities. Along with the increased interest and use, there are new challenges to engineers to address spanning from design, analysis, manufacturing and viability. This summer school aims to provide engineers and researchers with a rapid knowledge of the state-of-the-art in this field (design, manufacturing and testing...

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Bernal Seminar by Dr Walter Stanley

Tuesday, 07 May, 12h30 – 13h00, MSG-024, MSSI Building Extension

Recycling Post-consumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) into High Value Composite Materials (RePET) ABSTRACT Researchers at the Irish Composites Centre (IComp), in University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, have developed a solution for the conversion of waste plastic bottles into high performance composites for many applications, potentially including car and off-the-road vehicle parts. This advanced research initiative has the potential to have a real impact on solving one of the world’...

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Bio-Based Industries All-Island Information Day

Wednesday, 22 May, AD2-010 Analog Devices Building

BBI JU Irish National Info Day at the University of Limerick – 22 May 2019 On the 22 May 2019, the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick will host an Irish National Info Day on the BBI JU Call for proposals 2019. 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 ...

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ISE 2019 – 17TH International Symposium on Electrets

2-6 September, 2019, University of Limerick

The International Symposium on Electrets (ISE) will take place at the University of Limerick from 2-6 September 2019.  ISE is the premier conference for the IEEE on electrets and is sponsored by the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society. This is a unique meeting opportunity for scientists and engineers from all over the world working in the field of electrical engineering, manufacturing and process engineering, materials science and engineering, condensed matter physics and chem...

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Professor Erdmann Spiecker, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Germany

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 12h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building

Seeing is Believing – Revealing Processes and Properties of Nanomaterials by in situ Microscopy ABSTRACT Nanostructures and, more specifically, nanomaterials reveal particular properties that differ from those of their bulk counterparts and which offer unique opportunities for applications in nanotechnology. In situ electron microscopy is ideally suited for studying the formation of nanostructures and for directly revealing structure-property relations. The field of in situ electron microsc...

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Professor Ian Pepper, University of Arizona USA

Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 12h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building

The Soil Health:Human Health Nexus ABSTRACT Soils are the skin of the earth and the most complex biomaterial on the planet. The heart and soul of soil is the living component: the soil microbes, which directly affect soil health. Quantification of soil health has become the Holy Grail for soil scientists, and here we present a new approach to this, involving a real-time assay for community soil metabolic activity, which reflects soil health. Soil health is also inextricably linked to human hea...

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Dr Sergii Kontsevoi, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Ukraine

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 14h00, MSG-024 MSSI Building

Complex Method for Determining the Possibility of Scale Formation and Corrosion at Heat Transfer Surface and In Any Water Supply System ABSTRACT This presentation is devoted to the development of theoretical bases and experimental methods for determining composition of water that precludes formation of calcium carbonate (and other forms) in the water and, as a result, on heat-exchange surfaces. Water, which was heated without boiling and without air contact, as it happens in cooling systems (4...

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Dr Svitlana Nahirniak, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Ukraine

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 10h00 at MSG-024, MSSI Building

Metal Oxide Nanomaterials for Ecological Purpose – SnO2 Nanostructures as Sensitive Material ABSTRACT Metal oxide nanomaterials have unique properties that allow for numerous applications and uses in industry and consumer products. However, these materials also potentially pose a risk to humans, aquatic and terrestrial organisms, and the environment. This presentation will address the following topics:  the features of the properties and creation of metal oxide nanomaterials, in particular ...

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Bernal Seminar by Dr Anthony J Comer

Tuesday, 02 April 2019, 12h30 MSG-024 MSSI Building Extension

PRESENTATION TITLE  FIBRESHIP – Increasing the use of composite materials in large marine vessels. ABSTRACT FIBRESHIP is an EU project funded under the Horizon 2020 programme with a budget of 11M€. The University of Limerick is one of 18 partners participating in FIBRESHIP from a total of 11 different countries. While polymer composites dominate the construction of marine vessels up to 50 meters in length, the wide-scale adoption of polymer composites into large marine vessels (> 50 m...

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Dr Irene Fernandez Villegas, Delft University of Technology

Tuesday, 26 March at 12h00

Bernal Seminar by Dr Irene Fernandez Villegas, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands PRESENTATION TITLE Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic Composite Structures: Past, Present and Future  ABSTRACT Ultrasonic welding is a very interesting technique for the assembling of thermoplastic composite structures which offers very high production rates, low energy consumption and suitability for in situ process monitoring. Extensive research has been...

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Bernal Seminar by Professor Paul J. Low, University of Western Australia

Tuesday, 26 February, 12h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

Metal Complexes and Moore ABSTRACT As component dimensions decrease in response to ‘Moore’s Law’ there is an unavoidable point at which the essential ‘band’ properties of the solid state gives way to discrete molecular orbital levels, and quantum tunneling through these nm-sized features results in a loss in electronic function. To this end, increasing attention is being turned to the potential roles that molecules may play as active components in electronic device structures, giving...

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Professor Ian Lane Senior Expert Composite Analysis, Airbus

Wednesday, 10 February 2019, 10h00, AD2-010 Analog Devices Building

PRESENTATION TITLE Challenges of Composite Airplane Building Abstract: The Wing of Tomorrow Programme is defining the technology and capability baselines for future composite wings for Airbus. The programme builds on the successful evolution and introduction of composite structures in Airbus aircraft which has enabled the over 53% use of non-metallic materials in the iconic long range A350WXB family of ultra-modern jet liners. The programme addresses future challenges via innovative tech...

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Bernal Seminar by Professor Miguel Rodrigues, IST, University of Lisbon

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 12h00 MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

PRESENTATION TITLE Engineering the Cold Side of Biotherapeutics ABSTRACT Decreasing temperature is generally expected to decrease degradation kinetics. The complexity, however, of biological products (as proteins or cells) associated with multiple intricate phenomena that are triggered by cooling, often brings unanticipated results. For example, when a solution is freezing, the growth of the ice crystals causes all the solutes to concentrate, typically by one or two orders of magnitude. This ...

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Bernal Seminar by Professor Gianluca Cicala University of Catania Italy

Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 12h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

PRESENTATION TITLE Engineering Polymers for Additive Manufacturing:  From Laboratory to Industrial Applications ABSTRACT The widespread diffusion of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies combined with the desire to tailor material properties gave rise to an increasing number of research projects focusing on new material development for AM. Two of the widely used techniques at desktop level are the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and the Digital Light Projector (DLP). However, the c...

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Electron Microscopy Forum

Wednesday 06 February 2019, MSG-024, MSSI Building

All users of Electron Microscopy are strongly advised to attend. The tenor of the EM Forum is “what can you get from EM”, and the general purpose is to disseminate information and updates about the status and procedures concerning the EMs, and to provide a platform for discussions as well as enable users to establish connections within the UL EM user community, including experts in the respective fields. The Forum will include ‘question time’, and people are encouraged to present pr...

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Bernal Seminar by Dr Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet, Bioenergetics and Protein Engineering Laboratory, CNRS, France

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

PRESENTATION BY Dr Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet Bioenergetics and Protein Engineering Laboratory, CNRS, France PRESENTATION TITLE Using Phylogenetics in Studying Bioenergetic Metalloenzymes ABSTRACT One of the most exciting questions addressed by fundamental research is to elucidate the evolutionary history of Bioenergetics. Phylogenetics is one of the most powerful approaches to answer this issue. This approach heavily relies on the reliability of reconstructed phylogenetic trees which ar...

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Bernal Seminar by Dr Mikhail V. Kurushkin, ITMO University,Russia

Monday, 10 December 2018 10h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

PRESENTATION BY Dr Mikhail V. Kurushkin ITMO University, Russia PRESENTATION TITLE 32-column Periodic Table and Left-step Periodic Table United ABSTRACT The pursuit of optimal representation of the Periodic Table has been a central topic of interest for chemists, physicists, philosophers and historians of science for decades (Leigh, 2009; Scerri, 2009). Should the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements first and foremost serve the needs of chemists as implied by its name? Or should it st...

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Electron Microscopy Forum

Wednesday 5 December in MSG-024, MSSI Building

The next monthly Electron Microscopy Forum is Wednesday 5 December in MSG-024, MSSI Building. All users of Electron Microscopy are strongly advised to attend. The tenor of the EM Forum is “what can you get from EM”, and the general purpose is to disseminate information and updates about the status and procedures concerning the EMs, and to provide a platform for discussions as well as enable users to establish connections within the UL EM user community, including experts in the respect...

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University Spinout Road Show

Tuesday December 4, 9:30-11:00, Analog Devices Building

University Spinout Roadshow in collaboration with Atlantic Bridge and Bank of Ireland, the roadshow involves a panel discussion on technology, innovation and investment. Against the backdrop of Ireland’s growth as a technology and financial global hub with an open economy and strong R&D pipeline, this event focuses on our shared efforts to promote and support campus company creation, and to showcase UL’s unique research commercialisation capability. Speakers include: Prof Michael Walsh, ...

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Bernal Institute Research Day

Tuesday December 4, 8:30-16:30, Analog Devices Building

A day of workshops, presentations, lectures and the launch of the Process the new Marie Curie Co-Fund. Bernal Research Day 2018 Program 08:30-09:00 Registration AD Foyer 09:00-10:00 Session 1 Bernal Institute Strategic plan 2018-2022 Welcome: Mary ShireTalk: Luuk van der Wielen 10:00-11:00 Session 2 University Spinout Roadshow Host: Atlantic Bridge 11:00-11:30 Coffee (Posters) AD2 & AD3 foyers 11:30-13:00 Session 3 Bernal Strategy & Keynote Ad...

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Research Week@UL

3-7 December, University of Limerick

The inaugural Research Week @ UL will run from the 3 – 7 December with 24 events taking place across the campus. The week includes a one-day masterclass on academic publishing delivered by Nature, a Science Communication workshop with Jonathan McCrea, a talk on Open Science  Lecture by Prof Karel Luybenand of course The Bernal Institute Research Day For event details: researchweek@ul.ie Follow on twitter #ResearchWeekUL...

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Open Science by Professor Karl Luyben

Wednesday December 5, 11:00-13:00. Analog Devices Building AD2-010

Karel Luyben was trained as a chemical engineer and moved to biochemical engineering at Delft University of Technology around 1980, where he has grown the Department of Biotechnology to be globally leading in bioprocess engineering ranging from fundamental genomics and biochemistry to industrial bioprocess development for sectors such as pharma, food, chemicals and energy. He has initiated the European Society for Biochemical Engineering ESBES that links firmly to IChemE, DECHEMA and their Frenc...

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