Letterfrack Research Projects

Information related to research projects at GMIT Letterfrack

Research is and has been an integral part of what happens at the ATU COnnemara campus for many years. It has often been conducted in an informal manner with limited dissemination.  As of September 2019, we have 3 full time research students, 7 members of the academic staff engaged in supervision, and 5 members of the academic staff undertaking their own postgraduate research studies. 
The following PDFs will provide you with information on current Research Student Projects.

John Gallagher

Colin Marren

Patricia O'Regan

In addition to the research being carried out by students, ATU Connemara are continuously expanding on its research within the wood, manufacturing and furniture making sectors. To get involved and to find out more about the current projects happening right now, please visit the website pages.

Pro Silva 
Pro Silva Ireland is leading a conversation on forest management for Irish forests that prioritises forests’ ecological, social and economic values. With over 100 members, Pro Silva Ireland has grown as an active organisation promoting knowledge and practical examples of continuous cover forestry management in counties across Ireland. To learn more about Pro Silva, please visit the website https://prosilvaireland.com/

IWFMN - Raising the profile of the industry
The Irish Wood and Furniture Manufacturing Network is the only forum specifically dedicated to the wood and furniture manufacturing sector in Ireland. The mission of the IWFMN is to improve the competitive advantage of its members on the island of Ireland by providing a platform to connect, share and learn. The IWFMN represents, supports and facilitates members by acting as a focal point and driver for the transfer of information and best practice. Through the pursuit of common opportunities, the network looks to add value in an environmentally sustainable manner and to raise the profile of our industry both nationally and internationally. To find out more about IWFMN, please visit their website: www.iwfm.ie

MIMWood is an Erasums+ funded project with partners in Italy, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Led by ATU Connemara lecturer Sean Garvey, MIMWood creates a database of innovative materials for the furniture sector. More than 150 materials with innovative characteristics were reviewed by the project partners for potential selection for the website. To find out more about the MIMwood project, please visit the website: www.mimwoodproject.eu

ATU Connemara is a member of InnovaWood which is an umbrella organisation that integrates four European networks in the Forest, Wood-based and Furniture industries into a more effective mechanism to support innovation in these sectors. With more than 55 members from 26 countries Innovawood is one of the leading networks of excellence in the Forest-Wood based sector. Members are active in the areas of Research, Education & Training and Technology Transfer. To find out more about Innovawood, please visit their website: www.innovawood.com


ATU are a partner on an exciting new Erasmus+ research projects called WOODIGITAL – Dual learning for Improving Digital Skills of Young Woodworkers

The purpose of the WOODIGITAL project is to improve the digital skills - Industry 4.0 - of young Europeans (ages 18 to 35) working in the wood and furniture sector, through dual vocational training” Click here to read more.


Atlantic Technological University (ATU) have recently been awarded lead partner of an exciting new two-year Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnership Project called WOODCircle. The project aims to develop skills for the Circular Economy and Sustainability, targeted at students and younger workers (aged between 18 and 34 years) in the European furniture and woodworking sectors.