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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Policy Working Groups

  • Maria Baghramian

    BA(QUB 1983), PhD(Dubl 1990) ALLEA Working Group on Trust and Expertise Professor of American Philosophy, UCD Member, PL&A 2010
  • Mary Canning

    BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) Senior Vice President Board Member, Higher Education Authority Member, PL&A 2010
  • Marcus Collier

    Secretary of Future Earth Ireland University College Dublin
  • Eimear Cotter

    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
  • Marie Cowan

    Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
  • Geraldine Ann Cusack

    Siemens Industry
  • Anna Davies

    BA(Cantab 1992), MSc(Oxford Brookes 1994), PhD(Cantab 1999) Chair of Future Earth Ireland Chair of Geography, Environment and Society, TCD Member, PL&A 2017
  • John Donovan

    Head of Research, DIT
  • Roger George Hamill Downer

    PhD(Western Ontario 1970), DSc, LLD(QUB 1984, hc 2003), DSc(hc Waterloo 2004). President Emeritus, UL. Member, Science 2004
  • Luke O' Connor Drury

    PhD(Cantab) Management Board of the European Group of ICSU Members and ALLEA Working Group on Trust and Expertise, Member of ALLEA Board Senior Professor and Head of Astrophysics Section, DIAS Member, Science 1995
  • Professor Anne Fuchs

    MA, DrPhil(Konstanz). FBA Professor and Director, Humanities Institute, UCD Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD Member, PL&A 2009
  • Pat Goodman

    EASAC Working Group on Climate Change and Health DIT
  • Patrick Jerome Guiry

    BSc, PhD. CChem Secretary for Science. 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
  • Eileen Harkin-Jones

    Ulster University
  • Natalie Harrower

    Director DRI, ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Maura Hiney

    Permanent Working Group Science and Ethics
  • Michael Bevan Jones

    BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Chair, Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee and EASAC Environmental Steering Panel Emeritus Fellow, TCD Member, Science 2003
  • Alun Jones

    BA(Nottm 1980), MA(Durham 1982), PhD(Leicester 1986) Professor of Geography, UCD Member, Science 2011
  • Rose Anne Kenny

    MB ChB(NUI 1977), MC(NUI 1986). FTCD, FRCPI SAPEA Working Group on Transforming the Future of Ageing Head of Department of Gerontology, TCD Member, Science 2014
  • Su-Ming Khoo

    National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Suzanne Kingston

    University College Dublin


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