THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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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Council

  • Liam P Barry

    BE(NUI, 1991), MEngSc(NUI, 1993), PhD(Rennes,1996). Professor of Photonics Systems, DCU Member, Science 2019
  • Mary Canning

    BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) President Royal Irish Academy Chair of the Governing Authority, MU Member, PL&A 2010
  • Daniel Carey

    BA(McGill 1984), MPhil(Dubl 1987), DPhil(Oxon 1993) PL&A Secretary Professor, Director, Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, NUIG Member, PL&A 2014
  • Claire Connolly

    BA(NUI 1988), MA(NUI 1990), PhD(Cardiff 1995) Vice President Professor of Modern English, UCC Member, PL&A 2018
  • Jane Conroy

    BA, MA(NUI), D-ès-L(Sorbonne) Vice President Professor in French, NUIG Member, PL&A 2003
  • Anne Fuchs

    MA, DrPhil(Konstanz). FBA 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 1984, 1988) Secretary for Science Professor, UCD Member, Science 2011
  • Patrick Honohan

    BA, MA(NUI), MSc, PhD(Lond) Treasurer Former governor, Central Bank of Ireland Member, PL&A 2002
  • Michael Bevan Jones

    BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Emeritus Fellow, TCD Member, Science 2003
  • Mary Kelly

    BA, PhD(Dubl 1977, 1984), MBA(DCU 1992). Vice President Former Chief Executive, An Bord Pleanála Member, Science 2007
  • Noel Lowndes

    BA(Dubl 1983), PhD(Glasgow 1987). Chair of Biochemistry. Chair of Biochemistry, NUIG Member, Science 2017
  • Martin George Southcote Mansergh

    BA(Oxon 1969, MA(Oxon 1974), DPhil(Oxon 1974), Doctorate(hc NUI 2017) Vice-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations Member, PL&A 2018
  • Patrick Gerald McKenna

    BSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA Senior Vice President, Member of Seven Academies Group Hon Executive Secretary and President Emeritus, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, UU Member, Science 2001
  • Helene M McNulty

    BSc, PhD(Dubl 1987, 1992), Diploma in Dietetics(DIT 1986), RD, HCPC(UK) Professor of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, UU Member, Science 2008
  • Gerardine Meaney

    BA, MA, PhD(NUI 1982, 1984, 1990) Professor of Cultural Theory, UCD Member, PL&A 2018
  • Brian Norton

    BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Chair of Policy Oversight Group Principal, TU Dublin Member, Science 2016
  • Bashar Nuseibeh

    BSc(Sussex 1988), MSc(Imperial College London 1989), PhD(Imperial College London 1994) Professor of Software Engineering & Chief Scientist (Lero), UL Member, Science 2021
  • Mary O'Dowd

    BA, PhD ALLEA Framework Programme 9 Working Group, 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) Professor of Pharmacology and Biomedicine (personal chair), TCD Member, Science 2021
  • Eunan O'Halpin

    BA, MA, PhD. FTCD Professor of Contemporary History, TCD Member, PL&A 2003
  • Finola O'Kane Crimmins

    B.Arch. (UCD 1993), Grad. Dip. in the Conservation of Historic Landscapes (The Architectural Association, London, 1997), Ph.D. (NUI 1999) Certificate in Architectural Practice & Practical Experience (UCD 2000) Chair of Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee Professor, UCD Member, PL&A 2017
  • Shane O'Mara

    BA(NUI), MA(NUI), DPhil(Oxon), MA(jo Dubl) Professor of Experimental Brain Research, TCD. Member, Science 2011
  • Karen Elizabeth Till

    BA(UCLA 1986), MA(UCLA 1990), PhD(University of Wisconsin-Madison 1996) Professor of Cultural Geography, MU Member, PL&A 2020

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