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It is my privilege to serve as President of the Royal Irish Academy. I wish to thank you for taking the time to explore the Academy website.

As President it will be my privilege to work with members, officers and staff to promote the Academy as an independent, all-island learned society that provides expert scholarly advice to inform policy and civic society, responding in a flexible/timely manner to the ever-changing (inter)national research/education environment, with a particular focus on the research funding of STEM and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. I also endeavour to strengthen the presence of the Academy throughout the island of Ireland with North-South and East-West initiatives, deepening our links with sister Academies in the UK and continuing to benefit from the participation of the Academy’s experts in European and global networks and alliances. I will lead the development of the Academy’s 2024-2029 Strategic Plan, continuing to embed EDI into all aspects of activities, and will strengthen the Academy’s financial sustainability to achieve its strategic goals.  I look forward to engaging with recently appointed Members and supporting the work of the newly established Young Academy Ireland.

We are open to all members of the public and invite you to attend the wide range of discourses, workshops and events.

Pat Guiry, President

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is an independent, all-island learned society established under Charter in 1785. ​It is the principal learned society in Ireland and has approximately 680 members, chosen for their distinguished contributions to scholarship and research in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and public service.

Members of the Academy represent the RIA internationally particularly in the areas of research and higher education and promote the participation of Irish experts in international groups responding to global challenges. We are members of European and global scientific networks including the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the All European Federation of Academies (ALLEA), the International Science Council (ISC), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAPEA).