Mosquito Swatting Game And Rainwatch Apps Amongst Winners In Second Annual CodeNinja Competition

Mosquito Swatting Game And Rainwatch Apps Amongst Winners In Second Annual CodeNinja Competition-image

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Third-level students from NUI Galway and GMIT awarded CodeNinja winning prizes for creating innovative web and mobile apps On 13th March, CodeNinja, an app development competition for third-level students in Galway came to its conclusion with three prizes awarded to student teams from NUI Galway and GMIT. Through a series of workshops, CodeNinja gave students the skills and knowledge required to create their own innovative web or mobile apps. The competition was designed by local businesses and academics to train and encourage students to be creative in the cultivation of their own technology ideas, and was supported by Microsoft Ireland, GitHub, OnePageCRM, Ex Ordo, and Prof Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation and Performance at NUI Galway. The winning entry was the “Annoying Mosquito” app developed by Chengxuan Xing and Adeel Gilani, both final year software development students at GMIT. Both received Nokia 1520 mobile phones for winning first prize. Their Windows Phone app relies on what is called “augmented reality” - superimposing computer-generated graphics on top of a mobile camera view of the real world - and the aim is to make anyone from adults to kids move and do more exercise when they are playing games. (The game allows players to swat a computer-generated annoying mosquito using a mobile phone.) The joint runners-up were John Maguire, a final year Electronic and Computer Engineering student from NUI Galway, and Răzvan Rădulescu, an Atmospheric Science PhD researcher also from NUI Galway. Both received Nokia 520s mobile phones as runner-up prizes. John Maguire developed a presentations speech-to-text web app for the hearing impaired, based on conversations with a community resource officer from DeafHear Galway. Răzvan Rădulescu created “Rainwatch”, an app which keeps track of a user’s location and notifies them of potential rain a few minutes before it happens. Tutorials were given to students by a range of startup founders and app development experts: OnePageCRM CEO Michael FitzGerald, Ex Ordo CEO Paul Killoran, NUI Galway Research Technologist David Kelly, previous CodeNinja competition winner Mike Rockall, and Windows and Xbox developer Neil Turner. Co-organiser Dr. John Breslin of NUI Galway says: “A recent study run by Gigaom Research and NUI Galway found that the EU app economy has been responsible for the creation of 1.8 million jobs, so the future is bright for Galway’s student app developers and for those who took part in the CodeNinja competition.” “We see CodeNinja as a critical cog in building an app culture in Galway City and amongst our student population,” according to Clodagh Barry, from NUI Galway’s Research Office. “It is important in terms of its impact on students and the local economy: increasing the available skillsets and working with industry partners in the app ecosystem.” More information on the winners is available at Ends

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Irish Times Journalist Harry McGee Appointed to NUI Galway Governing Authority; Údarás na hOllscoile

Irish Times Journalist Harry McGee Appointed to NUI Galway Governing Authority; Údarás na hOllscoile-image

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Harry McGee, political correspondent with the Irish Times has been named as the most recent appointment to NUI Galway’s governing authority, Údarás na hOllscoile. Harry McGee is a native of Galway and an alumnus of NUI Galway, holding a BA (1987), H Dip in Journalism (1989) and an LLB (1993). He studied at King’s Inns and is a barrister. He worked in Galway with The Connacht Tribune before moving to Dublin where he worked with RTÉ, as Special Correspondent with the Sunday Tribune and as Editor of Magill. He became Political Editor with the Irish Examiner before moving to the Irish Times, also as Political Correspondent. He is a frequent contributor to both radio and television broadcasts in English and Irish, and is a fluent Irish speaker. Speaking about his appointment, Harry said: “NUI Galway is my alma mater. I completed all of my third level study there, played Fitzgibbon hurling for the University and was very involved with the student societies. I had some very memorable years at NUI Galway as a student and am very proud to have graduated from this University. I feel a strong sense of belonging to the University and was delighted to be asked to serve as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile”. Údarás na hOllscoile is the University’s governing authority and acts as both an oversight and advisory body for NUI Galway. The chair of Údarás na hOllscoile is the Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, and Údarás na hOllscoile is made up of academic and academic support staff from the university and of external members nominated by both national and regional representative bodies. Welcoming Harry to his first meeting of the governing authority, the Hon Mrs. Justice McGuinness commented: “I am delighted to have Harry as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile. It is admirable to see the great loyalty he has to NUI Galway. I hope that he will enjoy being involved and look forward to his contribution. His widespread experience as a journalist will bring great insights to this University”. Rúnaí na hOllscoile Gearóid Ó Conluain welcomed the appointment and said “Both as an alumnus and a working journalist, Harry McGee has a keen sense of the importance of NUI Galway’s role in both a regional and national context. External representatives on Údarás na hOllscoile play a vital role in helping to inform the university’s decision making processes in relation to key strategic and governance priorities.”  -ends- Harry McGee, Iriseoir leis an Irish Times, ceaptha ar Údarás Ollscoil OÉ Gaillimh Tá Harry McGee, comhfhreagraí polaitíochta leis an Irish Times, ainmnithe ar an duine is déanaí atá ceaptha ar Údarás na hOllscoile, údarás rialaithe OÉ Gaillimh. Is as Gaillimh ó dhúchas é Harry McGee agus is alumnus de chuid OÉ Gaillimh é, áit ar bhain sé amach BA (1987), Ard-Dioplóma san Iriseoireacht (1989) agus LLB (1993). Rinne sé staidéar in Óstaí an Rí agus is abhcóide é. Chaith sé tréimhse ag obair leis an gCuradh Connachtach i nGaillimh sular thug sé aghaidh ar Bhaile Átha Cliath áit ar oibrigh sé le RTÉ, leis an Sunday Tribune mar Chomhfhreagraí Speisialta agus mar Eagarthóir ar Magill. Bhí sé ina Eagraí Polaitíochta leis an Irish Examiner sula ndeachaigh sé leis an Irish Times, mar Chomhfhreagraí Polaitíochta chomh maith. Is minic leis a bheith ag craoladh ar an raidió agus ar an teilifís i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge, is cainteoir líofa Gaeilge é. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Harry faoina cheapachán:  “Is í OÉ Gaillimh m’alma mater. Rinne mé mo staidéar tríú leibhéal ar fad ansin, d’imir mé ar fhoireann iomána Chorn Mhic Giobúin don Ollscoil agus bhí baint mhór agam le cumainn na mac léinn. Tá cuimhní maithe agam ar na blianta a chaith mé in OÉ Gaillimh agus tá bród orm gur bhain mé mo chéim amach san Ollscoil seo. Airím go bhfuil dlúthcheangal agam leis an Ollscoil agus bhí an-áthas orm cuireadh a fháil a bheith i mo bhall d’Údarás na hOllscoile.” Is údarás rialaithe na hollscoile é Údarás na hOllscoile agus gníomhaíonn sé mar chomhlacht maoirseachta agus comhairleoireachta do OÉ Gaillimh. Is í an Breitheamh Onórach Catherine McGuinness cathaoireach Údarás na hOllscoile. Tá comhaltaí foirne acadúla agus tacaíochta acadúla ón ollscoil chomh maith le baill sheachtracha ainmnithe ag comhlachtaí ionadaíocha náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta araon ar Údarás na hOllscoile. Agus í ag cur fáilte roimh Harry ag a chéad chruinniú de chuid Údarás na hOllscoile, dúirt an Breitheamh Onórach Catherine McGuinness:  “Tá an-áthas orm go bhfuil Harry mar bhall d’Údarás na hOllscoile. Is iontach an dílseacht atá aige do OÉ Gaillimh. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sé sult as a bheith rannpháirteach agus táim ag súil leis an méid a chuirfidh sé leis an Údarás. Tabharfaidh a thaithí leathan mar iriseoir léargas ar leith don Ollscoil seo.” Chuir Rúnaí na hOllscoile, Gearóid Ó Conluain fáilte roimh an gceapachán agus dúirt, “Mar alumnus agus mar iriseoir, tá tuiscint mhaith ag Harry McGee ar an tábhacht ar leith a bhaineann le OÉ Gaillimh i gcomhthéacs réigiúnach agus náisiúnta araon. Tá ról ríthábhachtach ag na hionadaithe seachtracha atá ar Údarás na hOllscoile i gcuidiú le próisis déanta cinntí na hOllscoile agus maidir le príomhthosaíochtaí straitéiseacha agus rialachais.” -críoch-

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NUI Galway Students Win Prestigious Irish Chartered Financial Analysts Competition

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Competition sees students from Irish universities compete for most professional analysis of a quoted Irish company Five Masters in International Finance students from NUI Galway have won the Chartered Financial Analysts Ireland 2014 Research Challenge for their analysis of Ryanair plc. The Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst and are tested on their ability to value a stock, write an initiation-of-coverage report, and present their recommendations to a panel of leading financial services professionals. The NUI Galway team consisted of: Sam Ryan, Shane O’Brien, and Anthony Patrick Saoud, all from Galway City; Oisín Kenny from the USA; and Conor Hanniffy from Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Speaking after their win, the team said that they had taken a very positive view of Ryanair plc. Anthony Patrick Saoud said: “Our analyses suggested a potential share price of some €9.05 a share – an upside of 24% on the current share price. We believe that Ryanair had secured an incredibly strong competitive position in the airline market in Europe and that current changes in the positioning of the company would lead to income growth from new charges.” The President of the CFA Society Ireland, Ronan McCabe said: “NUI Galway really had to earn their win this year as the overall standard of all the teams competing was exceptionally high.”  The winning team will now go on to compete in the European Middle East Africa (EMEA) Finals of the competition in Milan in early April. In addition to NUI Galway, teams from Trinity, UCD, UCC, Dublin City University, and Queens University Belfast took part in the Irish leg of the competition. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Student Wins Prestigious National Logistics and Transport Award

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Awards presented by Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn T.D. at special ceremony in Dublin NUI Galway’s Master of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) student, Kelley Rickard was recently presented with a €500 cash prize by the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn T.D. at the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland Student Idea of the Year Awards. The awards are presented to the originators of the most innovative ideas which could make the most significant contribution to some aspect of the transport and logistics industry in Ireland. Kelley from Greystones, Co. Wicklow was awarded second place for her paper on ‘The Ultimate Traffic Management System’which focused on providing for the needs of traffic managers and road users. The system is designed as an interactive, automated real time traffic management system which relies on an organic intelligence system as a basis. Mary Dempsey, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway, said: “I am very proud of Kelley’s success through her academic work. We encourage our students to use their time on campus wisely as our programmes and modules have various innovation opportunities designed into the curriculum. There are opportunities open to students in university that will provide them a platform to create and design their own future. I am delighted that Kelley’s work is rewarded in such a prestigious manner.” -ENDS-

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NUI Galway Host Public Interview with Singer and Harpist Mary O’Hara

NUI Galway Host Public Interview with Singer and Harpist Mary O’Hara-image

Monday, 24 March 2014

Interview part of third Martin Reilly Lecture Series As part of the Martin Reilly Lecture Series, Comhrá Ceoil and NUI Galway’s Centre for Irish Studies have organised a public interview with Mary O’Hara, singer and harpist. The interview will be conducted by Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Acting Director at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and chaired by Dr Helen Lawlor of DKIT, and will take place at 7pm, on Tuesday, 8 April. Mary O’Hara, originally from Sligo and now resident on the Aran Islands, is a leading figure in the popularisation and globalisation of Irish music during the latter half of the twentieth century.  Beginning in the 1950s, she played a seminal role in the reconfiguration of Irish music performance in the public domain through recordings, radio and TV appearances, and her worldwide concert tours. In a review of two albums of songs with harp accompaniment by Mary O’Hara, the critic Charles Acton advised that ‘at least one of these records should be in every home’ (The Irish Times, 1960) and O’Hara’s return to the concert stage in 1977 was declared the ‘folk music event of the year’ (The Observer, 1978). In the wider sphere of the representation and interpretation of Irish cultural identity in the late twentieth century, her role is an important one to recognise. The public interview will provide an opportuntiy to explore this role in music and music-making. Though most well-known for her Irish repertoire, Mary O’Hara’s music draws from other wells of folk and non-folk genres.  Her performances of traditional and newly composed material in her distinctive voice and accompaniment style leaves a legacy still heard in the contemporary sounds of Irish music. The Martin Reilly Lecture Series is dedicated to Martin Reilly, the celebrated nineteenth century Galway uilleann piper, who left a rich musical legacy to generations of pipers. The lecture series will give an opportunity to researcher-practitioners in Irish traditional music and dance to present their research in a public forum and the audience will get to hear some tunes, see some dancing and listen to some songs as well.  The interview with Mary O’Hara takes place in the SAC Room (CA110) in St. Anthony’s on campus (Upper Newcastle Road Entrance). Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Further information on this interview and other planned talks in the series is available at 091 492051 or, and Facebook: Martin-Reilly-Lecture-Series. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Researchers Encouraged by Positive Results on New Osteoarthritis Treatment

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

EU funded research aims to use stem cell therapy to work towards a cure, perhaps within a 5 year timeframe NUI Galway researchers are part of an exciting EU-funded project looking at how stem cells from adult fat tissue could be used to activate the regeneration of cartilage. If successful, their work could lead to effective new treatments for millions of osteoarthritis sufferers. Positive, early results indicate the treatment could become a reality for patients within the next 5 years. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects more than 70 million EU citizens, including over 400,000 in Ireland. It is the most common form of human arthritis and is characterised by the degeneration of cartilage in joints, which can become very painful. Researchers under the EU-funded ADIPOA project are working to better understand a new treatment for osteoarthritis based on stem cell therapy. The research team is seeking to determine how adipose (fat)-derived stem cells injected into diseased joints can activate the regeneration of cartilage. The Phase 1 clinical trial has just finished.   In recent years, these cells have emerged as a good alternative to bone marrow-derived stem cells. For one thing, adipose tissue, or body fat, is easily available through minimally invasive surgical procedures. Secondly, fat is available in large quantities allowing doctors to harvest a lot of stem cells at one time. Professor Frank Barry, Scientific Director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, is a partner in the ADIPOA project. Professor Barry explains “Until now there were just two possible outcomes for suffers of this progressive and debilitating disease – joint replacement surgery, in the case of advanced disease or, life-long pain management.  From the clinical trials conducted so far, we have seen the first signs of finding a cure for this truly incapacitating disease which affects so many. Using the patient's own stem cells we have been able to treat their diseased joints and relieve their suffering and burden of pain. Whilst we are still in the early stages of clinical trials the results so far are extremely positive such that the use of stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis could become a reality for patients within the next 5 years.” The FP7 ADIPOA project is a large scale integrated project with partners from France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Ireland, and Netherlands. It has received a total of EUR 9,224, 472 in EU funding under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development. REMEDI is a Science Foundation Ireland-funded Strategic Research Cluster, led by NUI Galway and with partners in University College Cork and NUI Maynooth. REMEDI is a partnership between scientists, clinicians and industry and it is the leading centre in the area of stem cell and regenerative medicine in Ireland. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Opens Its Doors For Open Day 2014

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht Rugby will be among the speakers at Open Day, the perfect opportunity for students and parents to experience life at NUI Galway NUI Galway invites all CAO applicants, both undergraduate and mature students, to the annual Open Day on Saturday, 5 April from 10am to 3pm. Open Day is an excellent opportunity for students, along with their parents and families, to explore NUI Galway’s facilities and to learn first-hand from the lecturers themselves about the more than 60 courses on offer. Lecturers and current students will be on hand to talk to students and parents at the main Exhibition area in the Bailey Allen Hall, with over 80 subject-specific exhibition stands. The ‘Parents Programme’ will provide parents and students with information on important issues such as fees and funding, careers, accommodation and support services for students. To get the most out of your day visitors are encouraged to view the timetable of talks at Talk Highlights include: New Scholarship Schemes for 2014 - CAO Performance Points Scholarships in Sports and Arts, and all you need to know about Excellence Scholarships. A guest appearance and talk about Sports at NUI Galway with Pat Lam, Connacht Rugby Head Coach. Career talks - “Where are the jobs? What are my employment prospects after University?” Taster sessions designed to give a real insight into studying at NUI Galway will include: Physics - A brilliant career from lasers to the Universe. Take a 3-D tour of the Universe with The Centre for Astronomy, which will take visitors on a trip from the earth to nearby starts, across our Galaxy to groups of stars, and finally through the whole Universe. Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Introduction to the Healthcare Programmes. Arts – BA Connect Programme in Drama, Theatre and Performance studies. Caroline Loughnane, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway, said: "Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make and parents play a key role in supporting students as they take this important next step. Open Day is the perfect opportunity for parents to ensure they have access to all of the information they need to support sons and daughters through their university career. We are encouraging anyone with an interest in studying at NUI Galway to come along, talk to our lecturers and current students, find out about the courses, explore the campus and decide for yourself whether NUI Galway feels right for you. Open Day has proved invaluable in the past to many students, particularly those considering their options before the CAO change of mind deadline of 1 July.” Tours of the campus will feature the state-of the-art sports complex and gym, and the new Engineering Building. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day, with the tour shuttle bus departing regularly from outside the Orbsen Building. Guided walking tours of the main campus will also take place throughout the afternoon. To plan your day in advance and receive a programme on Open Day 2014 visit, phone +353 91 494145 or email -Ends-

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REMEDI Student Wins Molecular Medicine Ireland Award

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

REMEDI PhD student Éanna Connaughton was awarded the Molecular Medicine Ireland(MMI) Medal for his work at the recent MMI Education and Training Annual Scientific Meeting. Pictured presenting the award to Éanna is (left) Professor Laurence Egan, NUI Galway and (right) Dr Mark Watson, Programme Manager, Education & Training, Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Programme. Originally from from Ballybrogan, Co. Roscommon, Éanna is based at REMEDI in NUI Galway, and was awarded the MMI Medal for his oral presentation ‘Phenotypic, Functional and Molecular Analysis of Novel Human Monocyte Subpopulations’. Over 115 people attended the MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting, which brought together research students from the Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP), Alumni from the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) and the wider research community for a day of research presentations. -Ends-

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Supreme Court Judge to Deliver School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture at NUI Galway

Supreme Court Judge to Deliver School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture at  NUI Galway-image

Friday, 28 March 2014

Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly of the Supreme Court and formerly Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture 2014 on Friday, 4 April at 8pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway. The title of his lecture will be The National Judge and the European Union and Anna-Louise Hinds, Lecturer in European Law at NUIG and Co-editor of the Irish Journal of European Law, will formally respond to his paper. Previous speakers in the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture series include: Professor Christopher McCrudden of Oxford University; Judge John T. Noonan of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Neil Walker of Edinburgh University; Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court; and Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness of the Irish Supreme Court. The event is held on an annual basis to mark the end of the academic year and is open to students and graduates of the School of Law, NUI Galway as well as interested members of the public. In announcing this event, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUIG said: “Mr. Justice Fennelly is a judge of the highest renown who is recognised for the rigour and consistency of his judgments. His expertise in the area of European Law, in particular, is widely acknowledged. It is a great honour for the School of Law at NUI Galway to have him deliver our Annual Distinguished Lecture on a topic of great importance not just to lawyers but to all European citizens.” Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly undertook a degree in Economics at University College Dublin and completed his Bar studies at King's Inns. He practised at the Irish Bar from 1966 to 1995 and worked principally in commercial and constitutional cases, with a particular interest in the growing field of European Community (including Competition) Law. He was Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland for 1990 and 1991 and was the first Irish lawyer to be appointed as Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ, now CJEU), where he served from 1995 to 2000. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland in October 2000. He is a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns and of the Middle Temple in London. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law at Trier, Germany, Chairman of the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) and President of the Irish Society for European Law and was President in 2004 of FIDE (Fédération Internationale de Droit Européenne). He has written many articles concerning the law of the European Union, with particular interest in its constitutional aspects. Ends  

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Ignite Technology Transfer Office Eco-System Class of 2014 Awards

Ignite Technology Transfer Office Eco-System Class of 2014 Awards-image

Friday, 28 March 2014

The 2014 Ignite Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Commercialisation programme ‘Ignite Eco-System’ came to an exciting finale last Tuesday, 25 March. Each participant pitched their commercial opportunity to an external expert panel after being taken through the 8 week programme of identifying the value proposition of their technology or business concept. Commercial roadmaps & business models were generated and everyone left with a clear vision of their next steps. Awards were presented on the day under the following categories: Best Business Opportunity: awarded to Anthonia O’Donovan from the School of Natural Sciences; Best Presentation: awarded to Paul Dunne from the Department of Engineering in GMIT, Best Elevator Pitch: awarded to Vinod Hegde from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics Judges Choice: awarded Mary-Pat O’Malley from the Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy Ignite Technology Transfer Office offers commercialisation mentoring and training workshops aimed at assisting researchers, individuals and innovative early stage enterprises assess specialist advice in preparation of attracting commercial grant supports or investment appropriate to the needs of the new technology or business concept . Our approach is hands on and practical, delivered to suit the needs of the participants on the programme known as Ignite Eco-System. Vinod Hegde winner, Best Elevator Pitch said “as a PhD student in the INSIGHT group I enrolled on the IGNITE Eco System programme hoping to learn about the process of commercialization from an academic perspective. Personally I can say that this business orientation program is the best I have taken part in. The programme is structured very well and I highly recommend this programme to all researchers. Thanks to the TTO for their continued support.” Fiona Neary Ignite TTO said “Class of 2014 were a highly motivated group, we had lots in interaction and all participants were very eager to progress their technologies and ideas into the commercial world. Our aim is to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologies through programmes such as these. I wish them every success in their commercial pathway and look forward to seeing some significant research & business outcomes from the group.” For more information about the Ignite Technology Transfer Eco-System please visit our website on:

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