2015 News

Dr. Ben Schazmann wins DIT's October Inventor of the Month Competition

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Schazmann from the DIT School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, winner of the October Inventor of the Month Competition. Ben has been developing A visual sensor to aid prevention of tooth erosion as part of his research and submitted details of his invention to DIT Hothouse. In doing so, Ben received a €250 One-for-All voucher after his technology was judged to be the best invention disclosed to a technology transfer office within the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium in October.
For more information on the Inventor of the month competition please visit www.dit.ie/hothouse

Seminar announcement: Solar Energy Applications & Research

A former PhD student of DIT President Brian Norton, Dr. Sarah McCormack is organising a half-day seminar on Solar Energy Applications and Research. This event will take place on Friday, 27th November from 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. in St. Laurence, DIT Grangegorman.  Speakers are predominantly former students of Professor Norton.  The event is a celebration of his work.  Below are details of the event.


Attendance is free but please email sesireland@gmail.com to book



DIT's Professor of Optometry Prof. James Loughman discusses the rise in shortsightedness in children.

DIT's Professor of Optometry Prof. James Loughman discusses the rise in short-sightedness in children.
The number of children becoming shorted-sighted is on the rise, however this risk can be reduced if young people stop looking at various screens and spend more time outdoors. People who are even mildly short-sighted have doubles the risk of developing glaucoma and cataract later in life.
Read the full Daily mail article here.

Programme of special lectures to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS)


A number of special lectures are being organised by DIAS at the end of 2015 to mark the 75th Anniversary of its foundation and you are cordially invited to attend them. 


9 November “Einstein's Universe: Relativity and the Big Bang" by Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (Waterford Institute of Technology), DIAS, 10 Burlington Road at 7.00 p.m. 

20 November “The Emergence of Modern Irish”:  Lecture by Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, (NUI Maynooth) Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College at 8.00 p.m. 

25 November “100 Years of Einstein’s Gravity but where are the Waves?” by Professor Mike Cruise (University of Birmingham), Heaney Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra at 7.30 p.m. 



3 December “Celts in the Cosmos”, by Professor Werner Nahm (DIAS), Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland at 7.00 p.m. 

11 December “Mathematics vs astronomy in early medieval Ireland” by Dr Immo Warntjes (Queen’s University Belfast), DIAS, 10 Burlington Road at 5:00 p.m. 


Admission is free but advanced booking is required here.

More information can be found here.

Keith Sunderland and Thomas Woolmington win Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inventor of the Month


Congratulations to Dr. Keith Sunderland and Thomas Woolmington from the DIT School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, winners of the September Inventor of the Month Competition. Keith and Thomas had been co-developing a Wind Speed Power Estimation software as part of their research and submitted details of their invention to DIT Hothouse. 



Above: Tom Flanagan, DIT Hothouse Centre Director (right) presents Keith Sunderland (centre) and Thomas Woolmington (left) with their €250 one-for-all voucher prize.

Seminar by Dr. Helen A. McNally of Perdue University to be held on 16th October


Seminar Announcement

Dr. Helen A. McNally of the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University will give a talk next week titled

'Nanotechnology Impacts Healthcare - Specifics of Scanning Probe Microscopy'

Friday 16th October, 1pm - 2pm

Room G007, Kevin St, DIT


All welcome to attend.

ESHI featured in Sunday Business Post


As the new building is close to completion the Sunday Business Post have posted an article detailing the plans for the new building. Download the full article here.


2 PhD positions available at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna


There are 2 PhD positions available at BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. Please find all necessary information here below:


Postgraduate Research Associate (Water Supply Technology and Data management)  


Postgraduate Research Associate (analysis of microbiological and flow cytometric data)

EHAI Yearbook Launch 2015


The EHAI Yearbook Launch will take place in DIT Grangegorman, Rathdown House on Friday 18th September at 4.30 pm. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Ms Deirdre Fitzsimons (ph; 01-2761211, deirdre@ehai.ie) before Friday 11th September.


Download the invitation here:  EHAI yearbook launch 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher Vacancy (Assistive Technologies)

Supervisor name & contact details:



Dr. Damon Berry


Tel: +353-1-4024708

Fellowship Details:


RAP5 / Arnold Graves Postdoctoral fellowships

Subject Area:

Assistive Technology


Title of the Project:

Ambient Intelligence Supporting Health,

Lifestyle, Energy & Environment – Assistive

Technology (AISHLEE -AT)

Project Summary:

DIT is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to help develop capacity and capability in the area of assistive technology and to carry out a corresponding programme of research. The successful candidate will join an existing multi-disciplinary team of assistive technology researchers at the Environment Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) in DIT. The ESHI AT group is developing novel, integrated solutions (e.g. technology, software, policy), that incorporate principles of Universal Design to improve the health and well-being of people with physical or cognitive challenges.

Download the full advert here

''Where there is no Engineer" design competition


On the 6th June 2015, Engineers Without Borders-Ireland, together with DTC Research Group (DIT) and Concern Worldwide held the National Finals of the "Where there is no Engineer" design competition. The program was funded by Irish Aid and delivered in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Engineers Ireland and Engineers without Borders Ireland.

The competition was focused on northern Kenya, working with the pastoralists who roam across three countries from northern Uganda, to find opportunities to improve communities.


The winnning project Modified Airdrop System was created by a grpup of DIT students Seán Byrne, Brendan Beattie, Thomas Carrigg.


Full list of EWB projects and winners 


The Society for Social Medicine 59th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING


The Society for Social Medicine 59th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING will take place on Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th September 2015 in University College Dublin, Ireland.

The Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is designed to facilitate the reporting of new research findings, providing opportunities for younger members to present in a relaxed, friendly environment and also allowing for presentations from established names in epidemiology and health services research. It provides excellent opportunities for networking, developing and maintaining friendships and enjoying the experience. Read more.

Sea for Society Blue Talks


Sea for Society Blue Talks are being help at 6:00pm on 14th July 2015. The event will take place in the Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Dublin.

This event is FREE, thanks to EC FP7 funding, but registration is required. To register, please email SeaforSocietyBlueTalks@aquatt.ie.


Read the full flyer - Sea for Society Blue Talks 2015.

Sea for society book - The Irish Sea for Society Compendium Book.

Competition: ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year 2015


In its second year the 'ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award' for ESAI members was launched at Environ 2015, 8th-10th April 2015, IT Sligo.

Applications will be accepted from students doing either a PhD or a Masters degree by research in an environmental topic.

Each application will be evaluated under three criteria:

  1. Scientific excellence and originality
  2. Impact (economic/environmental/societal)
  3. Dissemination (conferences, outreach, media)

Entries are open until the end of August 31st, 2015 and the prize for the winner is €500. More Info..

ESAI Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme now open to applicants


The EPA/ESAI Workshop Support Scheme provides funding to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to organise a workshop in the broad environmental research area. The scheme is open to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the ESAI and who are conducting research relevant to the EPA remit.

This scheme is a key networking tool, and an opportunity for early-stage researchers to increase their profile within a field of study.

The purpose of the EPA/ESAI Workshop Support Scheme is to assist early stage researchers with the delivery of workshops that fall within the remit of the ESAI and EPA. The amount of the award for each event is €600 which is meant to be a contribution to the overall cost of the event.  More Info..

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Now Open

The second call for Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund project Support applications in 2015 is now open and will close for applicants at 5pm on Friday, July 17th. You can submit your application via the Enterprise Ireland on-line grant application form.


For more information and assistance on completing your application, please email stephen.davis@dit.ie or visit the Enterprise Ireland website.


National Finals of the "Where there is no Engineer" design competition


Engineers Without Borders-Ireland, together with DTC Research Group and Concern Worldwide would like to invite you to attend the National Finals of the "Where there is no Engineer" design competition.

The finals are taking place in the Banquet Hall of Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on Saturday the 6th June. 


The programme for the day is;

10am - Official opening by An Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD.

10:30am - Music by the Dublin Gospel Choir

11am - 3pm - Presentations by the Finalists (approx. 15 minutes each)

3pm-3:30pm - Judges decisions and presentation to winners


Twelve projects, from University, College and Professional teams have been selected at Regional Finals to participate on Saturday. The winning team will be funded by Davies Water to travel to Kenya and see their project implemented by our programme partners Concern Worldwide.


More information can be found at http://www.ewb-ireland.org/where-there-is-no-engineer/

Environmental Health Research Colloquium 2015

The Environmental Health Research Colloquium was held in Newry on the 26th of May. The event was a cross border Environmental Health Research Colloquium between the Dublin Institute of Technology and Ulster University. Presentations were delivered by undergraduate and postgraduate eh students. The event was sponsored by ESHI and attended by Dr. Brian Hanna (Chair, ESHI Advisory Board), Dr. Noreen Layden (DIT), Dr. Marie Vaganay (UU) and Sarah Boyd, Environmental Health Programme Chair (DIT).
The colloquium was well received and attended. We hope to hold the Environmental Health Research Colloquium event in the new Greenway Hub building in 2016.
Back left to right Sara Boyd, Environmental Health Programme Chair, DIT, Ciaran Donohue, Karina Rainey, Roberta Harris, Ruth Fulton, Cara Henry, Dr. Marie Vaganay, Ulster University and Jill Stephenson. Seated is Dr. Brian Hanna and Dr. Noreen Layden.

DIT researchers win SFI Investigator Programme funding


DIT colleagues Dr. P. J. Cullen and Dr. Paula Bourke from the School of Food Science and Environmental Health, recently received SFI funding for their project “Cold plasma decontamination of cereal grains (PlasmaGrain).”  This proposal addresses an identified need to develop advanced process technologies, which are a green alternative to fumigants for a sustainable grain industry. A pre-competitive prototype will be developed by the project to preserve cereal grain of high quality.

The SFI Investigators Programme supports excellent scientific research that has the potential to impact Ireland’s society and economy. The 23 projects were selected by competitive peer review involving 400 international scientists after a call for proposals across a number of thematic areas of national and international importance. The awards include research in areas such as materials science, data management, medicine and pharmaceuticals, food and nutrition, agriculture and veterinary research and have links to 40 companies.


Read the full article here‌.

Dr Daniel McCartney and Professor Michael Turner talk to FM Newstalk


Dr Daniel McCartney, DIT, is undertaking collaborative research with UCD Professor of Obstetrics Micheal Turner in the Coombe on the importance of folic acid. Women in Ireland are being urged to start taking folic acid. Doctors have made the appeal in light of a rise in neural tube defects among babies born in this country.


You can listen to the interview here.

The research hub progress April 2015


Check out the fantastic progress BAM are making on the research hub, very exciting news for ESHI. You can really start to see the final look now the scaffolding has been removed. 



Topping off at Grangegorman


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD visited DIT Grangegorman today to see the new research and innovation building, The Greenway Hub. The building is currently under construction and is funded through PRTLI and Enterprise Ireland.

The Greenway Hub will provide a range of research laboratories and facilities for the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) in areas that include Social and Educational Research; Health Informatics; Bioengineering; Molecular and Cell Biology; Analytical Chemistry; Water Quality; Food Safety/Quality; Energy Lab; and Vision Sciences.  The DIT Hothouse incubator and knowledge transfer activity will also be located in the building, with a mix of own-door rentable units of varying sizes for High Potential Start-ups(HPSU), hot desk zones, training and meeting rooms.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD with (right) Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT and (left) Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research Enterprise and Innovation Services at the new Research and Innovation building  under construction on the Grangegorman campus.


Following a tour of the building, the Minister laid the ceremonial final brick to signify completion of the structure.  Fit-out of the interior will now take place and the building will open in January 2016.

‌‌Read the full story here.







Brian O'Neill conferred with the award of Honorary Professor


Congratulations to Brian O Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at DIT who was conferred with the award of Honorary Professor. The conferring ceremony took place on Saturday 21 February in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Read more here


Environ 2015


Environ 2015 - 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium

The 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium will be held at the Institute of Technology, Sligo from April 8th to 10th 2015. 

It will be co-hosted by IT Sligo and the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI).


Environ 2015

The research hub construction update February 2015

Its now February and BAM construction are making huge progress with the construction of The Greenway Hub, exciting news for ESHI.

Time Lapse Video of the research hub at DIT Grangegorman

24th November 2014,

Three months into the construction and the outer shell is almost complete. Check out a time-lapse video showing the progress over the last few months.


Vision Research Group, Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI), secures €422,088 Irish Aid funding

Building on the foundations of the groundbreaking Mozambique Eyecare Project, a Human Resources Development for Eye Health (HRDEH) proposal, led by Dr. James Loughman of the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), has successfully secured funding of €422,088 under the Irish Aid/Higher Education Authority Programme of Strategic Cooperation Phase 3.

In partnership with Mzuzu University in Malawi, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and Africa Vision Research Institute in South Africa, the HRDEH initiative aims to contribute to the development of competently skilled human resources for health in Africa. With participating institutions of higher learning from ten countries across Africa, the project will by the end of 3 years have developed a sustainable solution to the challenge of human resources for eye health through the development of faculty for the institutions of higher learning.

This proposal builds on the successful implementation of undergraduate optometry training programmes, into a post-graduate Faculty Development programme to ensure sustainable, comprehensive health service delivery to the poor by increasing the capacity of optometry faculty members. This proposal is specifically aimed at:

(a)  Strengthening eye care and related health systems at Schools of Optometry in Africa;

(b)  Implement eye health strategies in partnership with the Ministries of Health that meet the needs of the poor and the marginalized;

(c)  Address the health needs of the poor by increasing capacity within the eye health sector

(d)  Ensure a coherent response to eye health through Irish Aid support. 

Official launch of ‘Cleantech In Ireland – 2014


Cleantech In Ireland – 2014 

On the 5th November, Minister Richard Bruton officially launched ‘Cleantech In Ireland – 2014’ , a report published by The Green Way. 

This is the first comprehensive study of its kind which analyses the structure of Ireland’s cleantech ecosystem. It provides a necessary baseline against which Ireland's progress is benchmarked, as well as a useful reference point which highlights Ireland’s core competencies in the cleantech space for both export markets and for inward investment.

ESHI is mentioned as a national research centre playing a key role in developing clean technologies for Irish Cleantech.

Read the full report here.

Construction of The Greenway Hub

BAM Building Ltd. has been selected as the successful tenderer for the Greenway Hub, the first building to be constructed on the new Grangegorman Campus. The official contract signing for the construction of the building took place on the 4th of September. 

The Greenway Hub will house the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) and Hot House Incubation Spaces (HHI) for start-up companies and is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

It is an exciting time for ESHI as the construction of the new Greenway Hub brgan in September 2014. Follow the progress in the pictures below.


3rd September 2014,

Research hub 1

Research hub 5

Research hub 2   

19th September 2014,

14th October 2014,

Oct 14 1

Oct 14 3

CISM Network Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology Workshop


CISM Network Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology, will host a workshop (9.30am - 1pm) entitled "Self Care for Peer Support Providers and Their Teams” on 11th August 2015.

The Venue : Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Rathdown House, Grangegorman, Dublin 7.

The keynote speaker for this event is Professor Jeffrey Mitchell. Professor Mitchel developed a comprehensive, integrated multi-component crisis intervention program called "Critical Incident Stress management." Dr. Mitchell has authored 14 books and over 260 articles on traumatic stress, Critical Incident Stress Management, and crisis intervention.


CISM Workshop Advert


For more information please visit the CISM website.

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