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Researchers in AMBER have developed a method of producing industrial quantities of high quality graphene.

  • Professor of Chemical Physics Jonathan Coleman at Trinity's School of Physics is the lead researcher on a team based in Trinity College's research centre, AMBER. Prof. Coleman's team have discovered a method to produce large quantities of high quality industrial graphene. Described as a wonder material, graphene is a single-atom thick sheet of carbon. It is extremely light and stronger than steel, yet incredibly flexible and extremely electrically conductive. Thomas Swan Ltd has worked with Professor Coleman's research team within AMBER for two years and has signed a license agreement to scale up production and make the high quality graphene available to industry globally. Full report here.

2014 Ireland-China Symposium on Nanotechnology in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute 12th - 14th May.

  • This three day event is a great opportunity to experience cutting edge nano-science presented by experts in the field from Ireland and China. The meeting is organised by ISCP-China, a consortium of institutes within Ireland funded under the SFI International Strategic Collaboration Programme. The consortium includes the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Dublin City University (DCU), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). This collaboration, supports the development of new and existing joint research opportunities between Irish universities and partner organisations in China. The programme is focusing on collaboration in three thematic research areas: biomedical science, information and communication technology, and nanotechnology, and has been made possible by a Science Foundation Ireland International Strategic Collaboration Award. While the meeting is free of charge and open to everyone interested, it is essential to regrister. Online Free Registration can be found on: http://iscpchina.ie Deadline for Registration and Poster Abstract is 7th of May 2014 Information flyer

TCD Engineers find optimum solution to protect aquatic biodiversity by forested areas

  • Peatland was converted to coniferous forest plantations during the late 20th century in much of north-western Europe, Scandinavia, the former USSR, and North America, as people were driven by the need to unlock a valuable natural resource in the form of timber. By the end of 2000, about 300,000 hectares of blanket peat had been 'afforested' in this way in Ireland. Disturbingly, many studies have documented the negative impacts of peatland forestry on water quality and ecology, bringing into question the associated economic viability and environmental ethics. Many of these forests are now reaching harvestable age, which presents an environmental problem that must be solved. More information

Grazing animals rescue biodiversity threatened by fertiliser

  • An innovative international study involving Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin, Yvonne Buckley, has found that while fertiliser reduces plant diversity, herbivore grazers help enhance it by ensuring dominant species don't steal all the sunlight. The findings, just published in the online edition of leading journal Nature, are important in a world in which humans are changing both the distribution of herbivores and the supply of nutrients like nitrogen or phosphorus that act as fertilisers. The findings will have major implications for our understanding of the complex interplay among nutrients, herbivores and plant growth, which impacts our capacity to feed a growing human population and protect threatened species and ecosystems. More information

International Scholarship Awards

  • Trinity College Dublin has been awarded 5 of the 22 available Government of Ireland Scholarships for 2014 - 2015, as follows:

Brazil 2
China 2
India 1

The relevant terms and conditions attached to the Scholarships include:

Government of Ireland International Scholarships are awarded to high calibre students from non-EEA countries to study in Ireland for a period of one year.
The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student (through the HEI that the student is attending) amounting to 10,000 euro for one study year. This fund is directed at supporting student costs and living expenses. In the instance of Trinity, the scholarship is offered to students applying for a one year taught Masters course. First year PhD students are also eligible on condition that the School is prepared to guarantee funding for the remaining years of the PhD
Trinity gives a full fee waiver to the student for the scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived. It has been agreed that the fee waiver will be handled centrally).
As part of the student selection process Trinity will be required to ensure that successful students demonstrate a commitment/connection with Ireland.

  • For more information and guidance on nominating a student for the award please download the details here

Engineering Alumni, Family and Friends gather for the Inaugural John Fitzpatrick Memorial Lecture

  • Professor John Fitzpatrick, FTCD, MRIA was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Trinity from 1994-2012. He was originally appointed as lecturer in 1980 in a newly formed department. In this time he established a world class reputation for teaching and research in engineering in Trinity. John's research was focused on flow induced vibrations and attendant noise. This work dated back to his PhD studies in Queen's University Belfast where he examined flow dynamics in heat exchanger arrays. His interest in the acoustics of these structures led to life-long studies of the fundamental mechanisms of noise generation from turbulence and its application to jet engines. More information.

The L'Oreal - UNESCO Women in Science Awards

  • The L'Oreal and UNESCO Women in Science Programme aims to highlight the importance of promoting greater participation of women in science. Applications for the awards are now being accepted for 2014. For more information and to apply click here

Research Shows that Fertilisation Destabilises Grassland Ecosystems on a Global Scale

  • Ground-breaking ecological research involving Trinity College Dublin's newly appointed Professor of Zoology, Yvonne Buckley, has shown that fertilisation of natural grasslands has a destabilising effect on the way these critically important ecosystems function.

Trinity Bioengineering Student awarded the 2014 Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal

Trinity Centre for BioEngineering postgraduate student, Tariq Mesallati, was recently awarded the 2014 Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal for his significant contribution to the field of biomedical engineering research. Tariq was selected as the winner from a shortlist of finalists after presenting his research paper at the 20th Annual Conference of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. TCBE researchers received numerous awards at this years 20th Annual Conference of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), which was held on the 24th and 25th of January in Limerick. More information

Faculty to Fund Scholarships for Sri Lankan Students

  • Two Sri Lankan students are to benefit from a new international scholarship. The scholarships will be offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to high achieving students in the university's Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The undergraduate scholarship is valued at 9,000 euro per year and is offered for four year full-time degree courses in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The postgraduate scholarship is being offered for any of the Faculty's taught master's programmes. Interested candidates should apply for their preferred course online at www.tcd.ie/courses via the 'non-EU applicant' link highlighting their interest in the scholarship or email Suchita.Ohri@tcd.ie for further application details. Scholarship application deadline for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses is 31st March 2014. More information

School of Physics Awarded Juno Practitioner Status

  • Trinity College Dublin's School of Physics has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for implementing a range of principles loworking in the subject.Trinity's School of Physics joined Project Juno to demonstrate its commitment to gender equity across its student and staff body. It has now been recognised for its best practice in seeking to redress the issue that relatively few women work at the highest levels in physics academia in Ireland and the UK.

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Sustainable Consumption Project, CONSENSUS, Secures Funding for Innovative Research

  • CONSENSUS, a research project on sustainable consumption led by Trinity College Dublin, has been awarded over 450,000 euro in funding by the Irish EPA to support research in which new methods for developing and evaluating innovations for sustainable consumption practices will be tested in Irish households. Trinity’s team, based in theĀ Department of Geography, will establish ‘Living Labs’ in Irish households where participants will trial new, sustainable ways of washing and eating. More information.

 

Researchers Collaborate to Test Bamboo Frames for Multi-Storey Housing in India

  • Engineers from Trinity and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have joined forces to develop bamboo frames for multi-story housing in India.  The research aims to establish whether a bamboo composite could work in high rise housing in earthquake zones in India.
    During the five week testing project the team worked with Professor Roger West and Professor Ravindra Dhir from Trinity College's Department of Civil Engineering.  More information

 

Computer Scientists Develop Cloud Computing System that can Reduce Carbon Emissions

  • Computer scientists at Trinity College Dublin and IBM Dublin have made a significant advance that will allow companies to reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions, drive down costs, and minimise network delays depending on their wishes.

    The scientists have dubbed their new system ‘Stratus’. Using mathematical algorithms, Stratus effectively balances the load between different computer servers located across the globe.

    Companies that host their services in the cloud need to buy sufficient capacity to meet demand, but they can choose where in the world they want their servers to be located and can even change this on an hourly basis. Stratus allows a company to set out how much importance they attach to cost, greenhouse gas emissions and network delays involved in servicing their internet load.  The algorithms then work out how best to split the load across different cloud-computing facilities to achieve the ‘best’ result.
    The research has just appeared in the inaugural issue of IEEE: Transactions on Cloud Computing, which is a new journal in the prestigious IEEE Transactions series. Professor in Computer Science at Trinity, Donal O’Mahony, said: “The overall goal of the Stratus system is to allow companies to procure their cloud computing service in a way that best serves their priorities. If they want to be super-green, it will shift the load one way. If they want to cut costs to the bone, it will shift it another way, or they can choose anything in between.” More information

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Physics Graduate and Founder of Medical Device Company wins Award

  • The Trinity Innovation Award was presented to entrepreneurial graduate, Vivienne Williams, co-founder of Cellix Ltd, a Trinity College Dublin spin-out company that has developed new technology mimicking human capillaries in plastic with microfluidic pumping solutions.  It counts leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies among its clients. The entrepreneurial cycle from laboratory research to success in the marketplace began in 1999 for Vivienne , who holds an M.Sc in Physics from Trinity and  began postgraduate research in microfluidics with physicist, Professor Igor Shvets and former Professor of Medicine, Dermot Kelleher.   In the course of the collaborative project, the commercial potential of the “vein on a chip” technology became apparent. In 2006, the company spun-out from Trinity College with Vivienne as CEO, co-founder Dmitry Kashanin as CTO, they established its office in on-campus incubation space. It has since expanded and relocated to an industrial facility in the greater Dublin area. It counts AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Servier and Amgen among its clients.  It has developed the technology further with the recent launch of the ExiGo precision microfluidic pump which has applications in microfluidics, nanofluidics, droplet generation and manipulation thereby diversifying the product portfolio to include a new target customer base.

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The Ethics of Synthetic Biology, Science Gallery Thursday 16th January

  • As part of a major new initiative by President Michael D. Higgins, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin will explore the ethics and future directions of synthetic biology - an emerging scientific field that could ultimately permit the design of living organisms.

The discussion, in collaboration with the Trinity Long Room Hub and hosted by Trinity geneticist Professor Aoife McLysaght, will bring together Professor Drew Endy from Stanford University, one of the world's leading scientists in the field, and Hugh Whittall from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, to address questions.

We will also be inviting the audience to get involved in the discussion, offering questions and comments at this exciting scientific juncture, as well as voting on some of the core issues and questions.

Event details:

  • Date: Thursday, January 16th
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:15pm
  • Venue: Science Gallery (beside the Sports Centre)
  • Admission: 3 euro
For more information and to book please visit: https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2013/12/presidentirelandethicsinitiativedrewendyandfuturesyntheticbiology  

For further information please contact Shaun at shaun.oboyle@sciencegallery.com

 

TCD Astrophysicist, Dr. Joseph Roche, shortlisted for a one way mission to Mars

  • Dr. Joseph Roche may be taking a one way trip to Mars as part of the Mars One Project which will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2025.

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TCD Biostatistician Wins HRB Research Leader Award

  • Professor in Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, Cathal Walsh, is one of six researchers to win a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Leader Award. A total of 9 million euro is being invested in the research leaders to address strategic gaps and develop leadership capacity in population health and health services research in Ireland.

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Agricultural Policy Change Drives Increased Pollination Demand

  • Research involving botanists from Trinity College Dublin has shown that the demand for financially critical pollination services has risen five times as fast as the number of honeybee colonies across Europe. The research, just published in the world’s largest open-access journal Public Library of Science One, has implications for conservation practices throughout Europe.
    Associate Professor in Botany and Director of the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research at Trinity, Jane Stout, who is co-author of the journal article, said: “Ireland has experienced a threefold increase in land area of cultivation of oilseed rape over the past 5 years. Since this crop has a higher yield when it is insect pollinated, this means that farmers in Ireland are more reliant on insect pollinators than in the past. This work emphasises the importance of wild pollinator conservation at the European scale, and shows that we must not be too reliant on managed honeybees to provide crop pollination.” 

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

  • The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition takes place at the RDS in January from 8th - 11th January, 2014. Open to all Irish secondary schools, with over 550 student projects on display and four exhibition halls filled with science and technology, 2014 will see the exhibition celebrate its 50th year - making it one of the longest standing exhibitions of its kind in the world.

Further information: www.btyoungscientist.ie

 

Biomedical Frontiers Public Lecture Series , 15th January

  • 15th January 2014 at 6.30pm
    Title: 'Who da mule? - Smuggling molecules across (biological) borders'
    "Why is basic research important? Can we really predict which 'horses' (= specific application areas) to bet on in the long run? We tell a factual story in protein folding/misfolding research where a potential drug-transporting 'mule' - rather than 'horse' - was serendipitously found through basic studies. Widespread interest in this protein-fatty acid complex is growing due to its remarkable properties of selectively killing cancer cells while leaving healthy, differentiated cells intact."

  • Speaker: Professor Ken Hun Mok
    Stanley Quek Theatre,
    Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street.
    All welcome; admission free
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Last updated 26 June 2014 fems@tcd.ie.