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Launch of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society (ISKS), launched on Wednesday, April 9th at UL, will be examining topics such as gender, technology, health, population change, language and disadvantage in our own communities and how all of these impact on society today.

The research institute, which has been created by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Science at UL has received funding of €2.6 million under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. The Director of the Institute is Dr. Helen Kelly-Holmes.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Professor Pat O'Connor said that in establishing ISKS, the University of Limerick is showing that it is continually broadening its horizons from the foundations of science and engineering disciplines on which it was built.

"The University of Limerick has never been afraid to challenge convention by taking a bold independent and new positions. In the 1970s this was reflected in UL's focus on science and technology. Now, in 21st Century Ireland, there is a need for radical thinking about the societal interface between science and technology as well as about the cultural and social dilemmas which our increasingly globalised materialistic society is facing," she said.