Is Multi-Tasking Bad for Us?

Dr Eoin Whelan, a member of the Agile and Open Innovation research cluster spoke to Newstalk about how multi-tasking can reduce productivity and concentration levels and how it increases stress levels. Combined with intensive use of technology and social media, he says we are putting our brains at further risk, and discusses neuro-adaptive technologies that are… | Read on »

Whitaker Research Day 2017 an opportunity to foster collaborative relationships and engage with the diverse research being done across the Institute

The Whitaker Institute hosted its second annual Research Day on 6th April.  More than 100 staff and PhD students registered for the event, which took place at the Alice Perry Engineering Building, NUI Galway.  The day was structured around the three themes of the Institute: Sustainable & Inclusive Societies; Business, Innovation & Economic Development; and… | Read on »

Dr Srinivas Raghavendra contributes to an international conference at the IMF.

Dr Srinivas Raghavendra, a member of the Macroeconomics and Finance research cluster was invited to address an International Monetary Fund conference on Gender and Macroeconomics in Washington DC in March.   Dr. Raghavendra’s talk was based on his work on the macroeconomic loss due to violence against women.  His paper “Estimating the Macroeconomic Loss of Violence… | Read on »

What are the perspectives on ageing of mid-life women in rural Ireland?

Relatively little is known about how mid-life rural women perceive their own ageing. A recent Irish study (Herbert, 2017) shows this cohort to be highly diverse in attitude and behaviour, challenging some stereotypical gendered assumptions about mid-life women. Qualitative data were gathered by interviewing 25 women aged 45-65 years of age from diverse socio-economic, demographic,… | Read on »

OpenSym 2017, the 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration

Call for Papers August 23-25, 2017 | Galway, Ireland Research paper submission deadline is April 21st, 2017. Doctoral Symposium submission deadline is April 30th, 2017 For more information on call for papers and submission details, please see: The 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2017) is the premier conference on open collaboration research… | Read on »

New NUI Galway-led ENERGISE project seeks to transform energy use in households and communities across Europe and contribute to European policy-making on reducing energy consumption

ENERGISE is an innovative pan-European research initiative setup to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. Led by NUI Galway, and funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme for three years (2016-2019), ENERGISE will develop, test and assess options for a bottom-up transformation of energy use in households… | Read on »

Sea Change ebook Launch

A marine science ebook entitled Harmful Algal Blooms was launched on Monday 13th March by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway. This ebook by Dr Robin Raine is designed to infuse the engaging story of harmful algal blooms into teaching across the sciences. The production used a collaborative design process that has been shaped by feedback… | Read on »

Dr. Stephen Hynes – The Relevancy of Marine and Environmental Economics in a World of Ever Increasing Natural Resource Constraints

In this podcast Dr. Stephen Hynes, scientific director in the Whitaker Institute, discusses his own area of research in marine and environmental economics and policy and the broader work of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit in the Whitaker Institute. He reflects on why he first developed a passion for this area of research and why… | Read on »

Dr Eoin Whelan on the pitfalls of digital multitasking

Dr Eoin Whelan, member of the Agility and Open Innovation research cluster, published an opinion piece in the Business Technology section of The Irish Independent yesterday explaining how multitasking and digital distractions drain our cognitive capacities.  Read his piece here. Dr Whelan is currently investigating the link between Enterprise Social Media and Information Overload and will be running a… | Read on »