Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Workshop Supporting Researchers to Create Innovation Driven Enterprises

The STARTED Project, coordinated by NUI Galway’s TechInnovate programme, will host a free workshop ‘Supporting Researchers to Create Innovation Driven Enterprises’ in the Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Galway from 9.30am-4.30pm on Thursday, 14November 2019. The event, in partnership with the West Regional Skills Forum, is an exciting opportunity to gain intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship skills tailored for those working on new product development, research or innovation within companies or startups. Participants will gain a detailed insight into bringing innovations from potential customer engagement through to successful commercialisation or technology transfer. They will also be the first in Europe to have free access to associated online tools, developed as part of the STARTED Project, to test the feasibility of their innovations. Online tools include: E-learning Platform “Validate Your Idea” is an interactive, free e-learning course designed to introduce researchers to entrepreneurship and guide them through the main steps on how to validate the business potential of their idea. Starting from the market discovery, the researchers will learn and apply fundamental concepts through a series of lessons that include both learning material and exercises. ResearchInno Database is the first database specifically designed for researchers who intend to evaluate the entrepreneurial potential of their invention/project/idea and helps them find potential partners, resources and competitors in their specific industry.           A roundtable on the day will explore the additional skills needs for research and development functions in industry to input into the development of funded and subsidised future training courses for the region. Denise Rocks, West Regional Skills Forum Manager based at NUI Galway, said: “This is an exciting chance for those working in Research and Development, or in a team for which innovation is essential, to gain an edge from the incredible team at TechInnovate and to learn the principles and practice of disciplined entrepreneurship to startup or spinoff their innovations.” John Breslin, Director of TechInnovate at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to give this free workshop on Disciplined Entrepreneurship with the STARTED Project, sponsored by Erasmus+, and the Regional Skills Forum. The aim is to move from storytelling about entrepreneurship to practical skills development on how to go about being an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, and we will have an experienced team of five lecturers and researchers from TechInnovate at NUI Galway giving a varied set of useful sessions on the day.” The STARTED Project is an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance initiative funded by the European Commission. It aims to reinforce and structure a European network for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Research and Development area while improving the flow of knowledge and win-win cooperation between Higher Education Institutes and businesses. For more information visit: The West Regional Skills Forum is an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, serving Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The Forum Manager acts as a single contact point in the region to help employers connect with the range of services and supports available across the education and training system. For more information visit To register to attend this free event visit, For more information about the event, contact Denise Rocks, West Regional Skills Forum Manager at -Ends-

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Friday, 8 November 2019

NUI Galway and Zagreb University conduct longitudinal study on male adolescent sexual aggressiveness and pornography use A research study conducted by NUI Galway and Zagreb University in Croatia on 600 Croatian male high school students aged 15-17 over a 20- month period, has found that pornography use is associated with sexual aggression over time but only when people report a pre-disposition to aggression. In isolation, pornography use does not predict sexual aggression. The aim of the study, which was published in the journal Aggressive Behaviour, was to provide robust and precise (individual level‐based) longitudinal insights about the often hypothesized link between pornography use and sexual aggression. The researchers focused on the following two questions: Is pornography use during middle to late adolescence related to male adolescents’ sexual aggressiveness? Do personality traits account for the relationship between pornography use and sexual aggression? The study found that frequent pornography use during the first round of data collection was associated with sexual aggressiveness, but over time pornography use did not predict sexual aggression. In other words those who reported sexually aggressive tendencies were also more likely to watch a lot of pornography. Those who watched none or very little pornography were least likely to report that they had acted in a sexually aggressive way. This was consistent across six time points (every three months) throughout the 20-month study. Bullying and peer pressure consistently predicted sexual aggression. This supports other research (Espelage, Basile, Leemis, Hipp, & Davis, 2018 study conducted in the US), which shows that people who report non-sexual aggression such as bullying or delinquency in early adolescence are more likely to report sexual aggressiveness in later adolescence. Adolescence is a key stage in sexual development, where beliefs about appropriate sexual behaviour is formed. It is well documented that many harmful behaviours manifest during adolescence, with approximately half of sexual offenders reporting their first assault during this time. The rising prevalence of pornography use mostly, but not exclusively, among male adolescents has prompted concerns among researchers and policy makers about the impact of pornography, which can portray sexual aggression, on youth sexual socialisation - particularly regarding the replication of aggressive or violent behaviour. However, much of the research that explores the link between pornography use and sexual aggression is based on cross-sectional data (data collected at one point in time from different people) and the direction of these associations is largely unknown. The researchers believe there is a need to explore this relationship over time using longitudinal data with the same cohort of people, as conducted in this study. Lead researcher of the study, Dr Kate Dawson, School of Psychology, NUI Galway, said: “Taking into account the need to prevent sexual coercion among young people, and the significant association between pornography use and self-reported sexual aggressiveness at the age of 16–17 years, we suggest that school-based sexual violence prevention programmes should commence for that age group. Intervention efforts should also address the potential contributing role of violent pornography in the reinforcement of sexually aggressive behaviour. Similarly, our findings may inform recently proposed pornography literacy programmes, which provide tools for critical interpretation of sexually explicit imagery, but also to educate that a lack of consent is never acceptable.” The study was carried out by Dr Kate Dawson from the School of Psychology and Active Consent Programme at NUI Galway and Dr Azra Tafro and Professor Aleksandar Stulhofer from Zagreb University, Croatia. To read the full study in the journal Aggressive Behaviour, visit: -Ends-

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tá sraith léachtaí ar siúil ag Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Díríonn an tsraith seo ar Ollúna nua-cheaptha an Choláiste agus leanfar di le léacht ón Ollamh Pearsanta, Lillis Ó Laoire ar an Déardaoin 28 Samhain, ag 5.00p.m. in Institiúid de Móra, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (G010). Ina chaint dar teideal, Ó Turgenev go Toraigh: Taighde ar thraidisiúin amhránaíochta na Gaeilge, pléifidh an tOllamh Ó Laoire torthaí a chuid taighde ceannródaíoch ar amhránaíocht na Gaeilge le tríocha bliain anuas in Éirinn. Léiríonn an scéal ‘Ceoltóirí,’ ón chnuasach Scéalta Sealgaire,comórtas idir bheirt amhránaithe, ina ndéantar cur síos ar bhuanna na beirte iomaitheoirí. Is scéal cumhachtach rúndiamhrach é agus tugtar léargas máistriúil ann ar thréithe an taibhléirithe san amhránaíocht. Nochtar ann chomh maith an  nasc idir amhráin agus spiorad an náisiúin. Tugtar léargas cosúil leis sin i scéal Phádraig Mhic Phiarais, ‘Bríd na nAmhrán.’ Agus an dá scéal seo mar phointí tagartha aige, pléifidh an tOllamh Ó Laoire cúlra agus comhthéacs a chuid taighde ar an amhránaíocht. Beidh trácht aige ar Thoraigh agus ar Sheosamh Ó hÉanaí chomh maith. Mar is cuí ar an ócáid, agus sa dea-chleachtas inchuimsitheach is fearr a léiríonn spiorad an dátheangachais in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, tabharfar an léacht i nGaeilge agus cuirfear aistriúchán comhuaineach Béarla ar fáil. Dúirt an Dr Seán Crosson, An Leas-Déan Taighde i gColáiste na nDán na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, an méid seo: “Cúis áthais dúinn leanúint leis an tsraith léachtaí poiblí seo. Tugann sí deis iontach don Ollscoil an pobal mór a chur ar an eolas faoin taighde nuálach ceannródaíoch ar ardchaighdeán atá siúl san Ollscoil. Is é an tOllamh Ó Laoire an t-ochtú cainteoir sa tsraith. Go dtí seo tugadh léachtaí ar an mbeartas sóisialta, ar an oideachas, ar an smaointeoireacht pholaitiúil, ar theiripithe ar líne, ar an stair agus ar shíceolaíocht na hiompraíochta. Is onóir mhór í deis a thabhairt don Ollamh Ó Laoire labhairt mar chuid den tsraith seo. Is scoláire agus duine d’amhránaithe móra comhaimseartha na hÉireann é, fear a roinn a thuiscint ar thábhacht an tseanchais bhéil agus na n-amhrán go fial fairsing le blianta, trína chuid taighde agus trína chleachtas.” -Críoch-

Thursday, 7 November 2019

A lecture series at the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway featuring new Professors in the College will continue with Personal Professor in Irish, Professor Lillis Ó Laoire, on Thursday, 28 November at 5pm, in the Moore Institute NUI Galway (GO10). In his talk titled ‘Ó Turgenev go Toraigh: Taighde ar thraidisiúin amhránaíochta na Gaeilge’ (From Turgenev to Tory: Research on Irish-language song traditions), Professor Ó Laoire will share findings from his ground-breaking research over the past thirty years of the song tradition in Ireland. The story ‘Singers’ by Turgenev from the collection Hunters Tales portrays a competition between two singers, giving a description of the abilities of each competitor. It is a powerful, mysterious story and is a masterful presentation of  the characteristics of song performance. The connection between song and the spirit of a nation is also made. A similar portrayal is found in P. H. Pearse’s story ‘Bríd na nAmhrán.’ Taking these two narratives as reference points, Professor Ó Laoire will discuss his research into song taking in background and context; his field work in Tory Island and the work of Joe Heaney will also feature. As befits the occasion, and in NUI Galway’s best spirit of inclusive bilingualism, the lecture will be delivered in Irish, with simultaneous translation into English. Dr Seán Crosson, Vice-Dean for Research in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to continue this lecture series which provides a great opportunity for the University to make the general public more aware of the world-leading innovative research being undertaken in the college. This is the eighth speaker in the series which has featured contributions to date in the areas of social policy, education, political thought, online therapies, language transmission, historical research, and behavioural psychology. It is a great honour to now feature Professor Ó Laoire in the series, an academic who in his research, publications, and practice as one of Ireland’s finest contemporary sean-nós singers, has brought a deeper appreciation and understanding of the value and significance of our oral traditions to both the academic community and the wider public.” -Ends-

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