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Limerick Institute of Technology is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology Ireland . The Institute has four campuses in Limerick city, one in both Thurles and Clonmel in County Tipperary and a regional learning centre in Ennis, County Clare. The main campus is located at Moylish Park on the north of Limerick city and houses the Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology and the School of Business and Humanities. The School of Art & Design is located at the Clare Street and George's Quay and Clonmel campuses. LIT's Tipperary School is based at the Thurles and Clonmel campuses.Similar to the other institutes of technology, LIT offers courses at Level 6 through Level 10 whilst also catering for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. The Institute has twice been named as The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide, firstly in 2008 and again in 2013. Wikipedia.

O'Connor N.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explain why the film-induced tourism sector is growing and outline the key questions that are likely to affect the future development of this sector. Design/methodology/approach: The theme issue is profiled and the purpose and approach of each article explained in the context of the overall strategic question: how can the film-inducted tourism phenomenon be sustainably managed? Findings: The paper concludes that there is both a need and an opportunity for dialogue and interchange between practitioners and academics. Practical implications: The paper explores the key issues affecting the growth of film-induced tourism around the globe. Originality/value: The paper identifies and explores facets of the relatively new film-induced tourism phenomenon. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Kim S.,Flinders University | O'Connor N.,Limerick Institute of Technology
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is a cross-cultural analysis to compare the profiles of international screen-tourists by nationalities. Also it investigates the screen-tourism concept as associated with the Hallyu phenomenon. Owing to the nature of the topic being examined, an instrument with study-specific items was created. Design/methodology/approach: The objectives of this paper were achieved through the critical review of previous screen-tourism literature combined with a structured on-site survey which included both open- and close-ended questions with inbound tourists who were visiting the Daejanggeum Theme Park in South Korea. Findings: The principal value of this study can be seen in its offering of a general overview of the characteristics of screen-tourists induced by the television drama Daejanggeum. The outcomes of this study concurred with the findings of some previous research which indicated the powerful impact of consuming popular media products including television dramas on destination choice and increase in tourist numbers. Therefore, the findings present a considerable amount of insight into the screen-tourism phenomenon. Research limitations/implications: Despite the overall success of the research methodology, a number of limitations were identified. Probably, the most significant of these relates to the generalisability of the results. Whilst this research has contributed to the existing knowledge of screen-tourism, it would undoubtedly be beneficial to build on it through further research. In particular, research that would examine whether the main findings identified here are more widely representative would be useful. A multi-destination paper could be undertaken in which would provide rich, comparative data on the nature and characteristics of the phenomenon in other such destinations. Practical implications: This paper will be of value to academics and industry practitioners interested in screen-tourism and indeed tourism in general as well as students studying the screen-tourism phenomenon. The results of this study could benefit destination managers, academics, film and television stakeholders who have an interest in screen-tourism destination development. Originality/value: This paper offers a general overview of socio-demographic characteristics of international screen-tourists induced by a television drama and it explores the differences in screen-tourists' profiles including travel patterns and screen product preference in the inter-Asian dimension. The paper addresses a gap in the literature on the area of cross-cultural analysis and the screen-tourist. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: KBBE.2010.3.2-01 | Award Amount: 4.34M | Year: 2011

Innovation is the most important engine of growth and jobs in knowledge-based bio-economies. The scope of BAMMBO (Biologically Active Molecules of Marine Based Origin) is ambitious. This is intentional. BAMMBO will provide innovative solutions to overcome existing bottle-necks associated with culturing marine organisms in order to sustainably produce high yields of value-added products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and industrial sectors. BAMMBO will screen and identify target marine organisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, sponges, microalgae, macroalgae and yeasts) from diverse global locations for potential as sustainable producers of highadded value molecules (HVABs). Our project will apply analytical methods for the extraction, purification and enrichment of targeted bioactive compounds. A detailed life cycle analysis of the production pathways developed in the project will be undertaken to fully evaluate the sustainability of production of biologically active products from marine organisms. BAMMBO will exploit knowledge and technologies developed during the project and effectively manage their transfer to relevant stakeholders in industry and the research community, as well as to policy-makers. We have brought together a multidisciplinary consortium of specialist Research and SME partners representing 8 countries including partners from ICPC countries Russia and Brazil, and from EU member states at Mediterranean, Adriatic and Atlantic coasts. In adhering to the European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research this three year project will encourage capacity-building, integration and synergies across relevant marine sectors. Innovative technologies developed in the project will be demonstrated with the involvement of industry partners, and the results will be of interest not only to companies directly involved in the marine sector, but to other large scale industry players such as pharmaceutical companies with interest in added-value bioactive compounds.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-3 | Award Amount: 10.43M | Year: 2013

Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy in Europe, and those built before 1980 represent 95% of this energy consumption. The low renovation rate of building stock (1% per year) means that boosting energy efficient buildings retrofitting is the only way to reach EUs 20-20-20 targets. The higher impact will be achieved through interventions in non-residential buildings, as their energy consumption is 40% higher than in residential buildings, being the public buildings more than 30% of the non-residential buildings in EU. A2PBEER will develop a systemic energy efficient buildings retrofitting methodology for Public buildings and will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at district level. A2PBEER methodology will include already available building solutions and more innovative ones developed by the project: a high performance envelope retrofitting, based on an external and internal super-insulated (VIPVacuum Insulated Panels) faade retrofit and smart windows, smart lighting systems combining LED and natural light, and the Smart Dual Thermal Substation, a new approach to district heating based in smart grid functionality and integrating heating and cooling. A kit-concept will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions. The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (continental, oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-uses. Moreover, the replicability of A2PBEER results will be further validated through three complementary virtual projects covering additional climatic areas and end-uses. A comprehensive Train the Trainer and an innovative market approach will allow results be transferred to all key players of the value chain, with special focus on SMEs, and the transferability to social housing will be also addressed.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IIF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IIF | Award Amount: 273.10K | Year: 2011

CELLS (Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Sciences) aims to support the relocation and development of a research programme by Dr. Gary Stutte and establish a European centre of excellence for Controlled Environment Research at the host organisation Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland). Dr. Stutte is an expert in hydroponic based controlled environments and space agriculture / horticulture engaged in contract research for NASA at the Dynamac Corporation based at the Space Life Science Laboratory, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.A. CELLS will directly address the growing demand for safer, healthier, higher quality food in response to specific dietary needs of consumers using forced evolution as a non-GMO technique for the enrichment of target functional molecules within food crops. The strategic and research objectives are to (1) Enable the transfer of knowledge in controlled environment horticulture from the Dynamac Corporation at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, U.S.A. in Florida to a new research centre at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Ireland. (2) Advance the research capabilities of LITs Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) (www.shannonabc.com) with the ultimate goal of establishing LIT as a recognised centre of excellence for controlled environment production of plants. (3) Develop the facilities to determine the physiological capacity for production of bioactive constituents in functional foods from such sources as agricultural plants, algae, bryophytes and lichen. (4) Develop the facilities for biochemical and biological analysis of plants (5) Establish a facility for the non-destructive assessment and monitoring of bioactive quality during the growth process using spectral characterisation, biochemical profiling of volatiles and assessment of biometric growth parameters. (6) Transfer the knowledge and expertise of the incoming research Fellow to the research team at LIT.

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