Solutions for clean energy and clean water
Achieving better living for all through science. Scientists tackle the fundamentals to support life in the generation of clean energy and clean water which directly supports UN SDG Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation and Goal 7 affordable and clean energy. This webinar features researchers, inventors, policy-makers from around the world who are working on aspects of these global challenges. From battery technology to energy for big data, to producing clean water, the essential steps in our global transition to clean energy and clean water will be discussed.
Damien ThompsonDepartment of Physics, University of Limerick
Prof Damien Thompson’s team at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick are pushing forward the capabilities of supercomputing-enabled predictive modelling to design advanced functional materials. Our designs are used in creation of more potent pharmaceutical formulations, clean power-generation technologies using biological materials, and miniaturised electronics including multifunctional molecular switches for brain-inspired computing
Gomeju TayeUrban Transport Specialist
Gomeju Taye is an Urban Transport Specialist at Addis Ababa Resilience Project Office, where she frequently interacts with a wide range of stakeholders to conduct a holistic city resilience assessment and develop the City Resilience Strategy by focusing on creating a resilient transport system. Before joining Addis Ababa Resilience Project, Gomeju was at Addis Ababa City Planning Project Office for three years, where she worked in Environmental and Transport Planning teams. She also served at Kotebe Metropolitan University and Addis Ababa Science and Technology University as a Lecturer. Gomeju received MSc degree in Railway Engineering from Addis Ababa University (2017) and BSc. Degree in Civil Engineering from Arba Minch University (2011).
Kevin RyanDepartment of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick
Prof Kevin M Ryan obtained his PhD in Chemistry from University College Cork in 2002 . Following his PhD, he worked as an Enterprise Ireland postdoctoral fellow at UCC before taking up a 2 year Marie Curie Industrial host fellowship at Merck Chemicals Ltd. Southampton in their Nanotechnologies New Business division in 2003. He subsequently carried out a Marie Curie Outgoing fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005/2006 working on semiconductor nanorod synthesis and superlattice assembly. Currently his lab and group are based at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. www.nanoresearchul.org/ for full group description
Mike ZaworotkoBernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, University of Limerick
Prof. Mike Zaworotko was born in Wales in 1956 and received his B.Sc.and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College (1977) and the University of Alabama (1982), respectively. He served as a faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1985-1998, at University of Winnipeg, Canada from 1998-99 and at the University of South Florida, USA, from 1999-2013. In 2013 he joined the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he currently serves as Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor and co-director of the Synthesis and Solid-State Pharmaceutical Centre. Research activities have focused upon fundamental and applied aspects of crystal engineering since 1990. Currently, metal-organic materials (MOMs), especially microporous and ultramicroporous sorbents, and multi-component pharmaceutical materials (MPMs) such as cocrystals, hydrates and ionic cocrystals are of particular interest. These new materials are aimed at addressing global challenges such as carbon capture, water purification and better medicines. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Learned Society of Wales and the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. He is also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Norelee KennedyVice President Research, University of Limerick
Norelee Kennedy is the Vice President Research and an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD (2004) the field of physiotherapy and rheumatology. She was the Head of School of Allied Health, UL from 2014-2019. Alongside her academic leadership Norelee leads a successful programme research in the field of rheumatology/physiotherapy. To date she has been awarded almost €3 million in research funding from national and EU funders. Currently she leads a Health Research Board funded project (DIFA scheme 2018) examining the feasibility of a physiotherapist led behaviour change intervention to promote physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis. She is also part of a EULAR funded European wide group developing an educational programme for health professionals to promote physical activity in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). In 2018 Norelee was invited to sit on a EULAR European working group to develop recommendations for physical activity for people with RMDs. She also served on the EULAR Health Professionals committee (2014-2019).
Rosie WebbSenior Architect, Limerick City & County Council
Rosie Webb is the Senior Architect in Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council. She leads programmes of work to stimulate and consolidate the historic city centres of Limerick City, its towns and villages. She provides strategic vision and plan implementation using projects, programmes and initiatives dedicated to place-making and physical development. Rosie is a Registered Architect in the State of Illinois and a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. She is accredited in building conservation. Prior to her role as a public service architect, Rosie worked in private practice in London, Chicago and Dublin where she worked on projects ranging in scale from housing to civic offices, to museums and stadium. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in the USA and a Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) from the University of Limerick. She is also a lecturer at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL. Her research focuses on community co-design processes to create more liveable public environments.