Lero to manage €3.6m EU research programme

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Pictured: Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Lero; Dr Mary Shire, UL; and Senator Kieran O'Donnell

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8 November 2017 | 0

Ireland has been selected to manage a new €3.6 million EU fellowship programme for international software researchers.

ALECS (Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems) will be co-ordinated by UL and Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is being funded by the EC under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland through Lero.

Under the programme Ireland will benefit from an influx of 26 international advanced software researchers. The fellowships will be open to overseas PhD degree holders or researchers with at least four years’ high-level research background.

“The aim of ALECS is to help generate a diverse, mobile, skilled workforce which will contribute to European research and innovation. The fact that Ireland was selected to manage this strategically important programme is recognition of the country’s international reputation in software research,” said Dr Mary Shire, vice president of research at UL.

Lero director Prof Brian Fitzgerald, said: “The ALECS programme reflects the fact that software-based systems are increasingly important to economic activity and to the normal functioning of our everyday lives. The scope, scale and interconnected nature of such systems are increasing rapidly, with the potential consequences of failure, security breaches or malfunction becoming a growing cause of concern.”

The first call for proposals will be published before end of November with first researchers expected to start their fellowship in August 2018.

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