The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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  • Liam P Barry

    BE, MEngSc(NUI 1991, 1993), PhD(Univ of Rennes 1996). FInstP, SMIEEE, MOSA. Professor of Photonics Systems, DCU Member, Science 2019
  • Mary Cannon

    MB BCh BAO, FRCPsych, MSc, PhD. Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health, RSCI Member, Science 2022
  • Daniel Carey

    BA(McGill 1984), MPhil(Dubl 1987), DPhil(Oxon 1993). RIA PL&A Secretary, Member of the ALLEA Working Group for the European Research Area Professor, Director, Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Galway Member, PL&A 2014
  • Janice Carruthers

    BA, MPhil, PhD(Cantab) Professor of French Linguistics and Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, QUB Member, PL&A 2021
  • Claire Connolly

    FLSW. BA, MA(NUI), PhD(Wales 1995). Professor of Modern English and Head of the School of English and Digital Humanities, UCC Member, PL&A 2018
  • David Farrell

    BA, MA(NUI), PhD(European University Institute). RIA Vice President for Sustainability and Engagement Chair of Politics, UCD. Member, PL&A 2013
  • Anne Fuchs

    FBA. State Examination(Konstanz 1987) MA(Konstanz 1988) D.Phil.(Konstanz 1992). Professor and Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD Member, PL&A 2009
  • Paul Stanley Giller

    BSc(QMC 1976), PhD(Imperial College 1979), DIC(Imperial College). Professor Emeritus of Ecology, UCC Member, Science 2018
  • Catherine Godson

    BSc, PhD(NUI). RIA Secretary for Science Professor, Conway Institute & School of Medicine, UCD; Director Diabetes Complications Research Centre, UCD Member, Science 2011
  • Patrick Jerome Guiry

    BSc, PhD. FRSC, FICI. RIA President Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Head of School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, UCD Member, Science 2013
  • Mary Kelly

    BA, PhD(Dubl 1977, 1984), MBA(DCU 1992), DSc(hc Dubl 2022). RIA Treasurer Former Director General, Environmental Protection Agency Member, Science 2007
  • Noel Lowndes

    BA(Dubl 1983), PhD(Glasgow 1987). Elected member, EMBO (2003). RIA Vice President for Research Professor, Biochemistry, University of Galway Member, Science 2017
  • James Gerard Lunney

    BSc, PhD(QUB 1974, 1980). Emeritus Professor in Physics, TCD Member, Science 2008
  • Imelda Maher

    BCL(NUI), LLM(Temple) BL(King's Inns), Hon. Bencher, Middle Temple, London. RIA Senior Vice-President Sutherland Full Professor of European Law, UCD Member, PL&A 2011
  • Helene M McNulty

    BSc(Dubl 1987), Dip(DIT 1987), PhD(Dubl 1992). Director, Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE; 2016-) and Professor, Nutritional Sciences, UU Member, Science 2008
  • Gerardine Meaney

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1990). Professor of Cultural Theory and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analytics, UCD Member, PL&A 2018
  • Eucharia Meehan

    PhD(NUI 1993), PgDip(Dubl 1996), CDipAF(ACCA 1998). Registrar and CEO, DIAS Member, Science 2017
  • Máire B Ní Annracháin

    PhD(NUI 1988), MA(NUI 1978), BA(NUI 1975). Chair Coiste Léann na Gaeilge agus an Léinn Cheiltigh Ollamh Sinsearach Emeritus / Full Professor Emeritus of Modern Irish, UCD Member, PL&A 2020
  • Brian Norton

    BSc(Nottm 1977), MSc(Cranfield 1979), PhD(Cranfield 1983), DSc(Nottm 1993), DUniv(hc), (UTTroyes 2021). FIAE, HonFCIBSE, CEng. RIA Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Chair of Policy Oversight Group, Member, EASAC Environment Steering Pane Head of Energy Research, Tyndall National Institute Member, Science 2016
  • Pól Ó Dochartaigh

    BA(Cardiff 1987), BA(Ulster 2004), PhD(Nottm 1995), DLitt(Nottm 2019), FRHistS, FHEA, FRSA. Deputy President and Registrar, University of Galway Member, PL&A 2010
  • Mary O'Dowd

    BA, PhD RIA Secretary Professor Emeritus of Gender History, QUB Member, PL&A 2010
  • Lorraine O'Driscoll

    PhD(DCU 1995), MSc(NUI 1991), BSc(NUI 1989), MA jo(Dubl, 2012), FTCD(2012), FRSB(2020), RIA Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professor of Pharmacology and Biomedicine , TCD Member, Science 2021
  • Colm Antoine O'Morain

    MD(NUI 1982) MSc(London 1983), DIPImm(London1984), MA(Dubl 2004), FRCPI(1985), FRCP(London 2002), FACG(US2003), aGAF(US2004), FEBG(2005), DSc(London 1998), DSc(hc Athens 2007). National lead Gastroenterology, Emeritus Professor of Medicine , TCD Member, Science 2011
  • Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses

    BA , PhD(Dubl 1992, 1996). Professor of History, MU Member, PL&A 2017

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