NUI Galway’s Synergy Project Provides Platform for Postgraduate Research Students

Jun 15 2012 Posted: 10:35 IST

NUI Galway recently hosted the first Annual Synergy Project event which provided a platform for the University’s postgraduate research students to present their research in the form of a poster presentation to a wider audience. The event highlighted over 30 postgraduate research projects from across the five Colleges and was attended by approximately 80 students and staff members from NUI Galway.

The overall Synergy Project 2012 Poster Award was presented to PhD student Inga Reich, from Germany, for her poster on ‘The impact of forestry management practices on the distribution of the Kerry Slug Geomalacus maculous Allman and the investigation of other possible factors limiting its distribution’.  The runner-up was PhD student Christine Fitzgerald, from Limerick, for her poster on ‘Towards a new future? A mixed methods study of Community Meals’.

The Synergy Project provides a forum for promoting academic collaboration within, and across NUI Galway disciplines to add value and build upon the current practices with a view to enhancing the scope and quality of the research production process.

According to Professor Chris Curtin, NUI Galway’s Vice-President for Innovation and Performance: “NUI Galway is committed to improving the University performance by bringing about change through innovation. Synergy is exactly the type of projects the University is fostering which will showcase the research ideas and potential of today whilst providing a platform for both our student and staff human capital to transform and shape our tomorrow.” 

Richéal Burns, Synergy Project Leader, said: “The Synergy Project is about challenging the way we think about research in Universities while acting as a catalyst for igniting a higher level of interest in student and academia peer research alike thus increasing the research output across the University.”

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