Stem courses key to Ireland making gains post-Brexit

Universities’ initiative aims to create highly skilled workforce for high-tech sector. The British general election result has done little to assuage Irish fears for industry here post-Brexit but with a booming Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector, Ireland is well placed to make gains. According to leading economist Prof Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker… | Read on »

How Brexit will hit your pocket – and ways to help ease the pain

Brexit will have a more permanent impact on Ireland than the financial crisis which rocked the country in 2008, a top economist has warned. “The shock from Brexit won’t be as deep as the 2008 financial crisis – but it will be more permanent,” said Alan Ahearne, director of the Whitaker Institute in NUI Galway,… | Read on »

Full House for the Whitaker Institute PhD forum 2017

On 24th May 2017, the Whitaker Institute hosted its second forum for NUI Galway PhD students in the Hardiman Research Building.  Targeted at students at all stages of their PhD, the event was full, with 65 students attending. The event was opened by the Director of the Whitaker Institute, Professor Alan Ahearne.  The day was… | Read on »

Minister Creed meets SEMRU researchers at the cutting edge of marine research in Ireland at the Marine Institute

On Wednesday last, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, met the researchers who were successful in winning research funding through the most recent round of the Marine Research Measure. The Whitaker’s Socio-Economic Marine Unit was awarded €523,000 for the research project Valuing and understanding the dynamics of Ireland’s Ocean Economy, a project that aims… | Read on »

Reconnecting with nature to restore health

Dr Caitriona Carlin, a member of the SIPPs research cluster and project leader on the NEAR Health project investigating the intrinsic value of the natural environment for health talks to Sylvia Thompson in an article that was published in Saturday’s Irish Times. Read the article here.

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 »