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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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) Chair of the Governing Authority, MU Member, PL&A 2010
  • Marie Cowan

    Diploma(Institute of Directors 2020), Certificate(Institute of Directors 2019), PhD(QUB 2002), BSc(QUB 1995) Director, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Member, Science 2020
  • John Donovan

    Head of Research, DIT
  • Mary Doyle

    Visiting Fellow in Public Policy, Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities, TCD
  • Luke O'Connor Drury

    PhD(Cantab) Management Board of the European Group of ICSU Members and Chair, ALLEA Open Science Taskforce Emeritus Professor, DIAS Member, Science 1995
  • 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
  • Pat Goodman

    EASAC Working Group on Climate Change and Health TU Dublin
  • 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
  • Eileen Harkin-Jones

    Ulster University
  • Maura Hiney

    Permanent Working Group Science and Ethics
  • Michael Bevan Jones

    BA, PhD(Lanc 1968,1971). FTCD Member, EASAC Environment 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
  • David N. Livingstone

    BA(1975), PhD(QUB 1982), DLitt(hc UA 2013). OBE, FBA, AcSS, MAE, FRSA Professor of Geography, QUB Member, PL&A 1998
  • Felicity Maxwell

    Irish Research Council
  • Patrick Gerald McKenna

    BSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA 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
  • Cliona Murphy

    ALLEA Working Group on Science Education
  • Fionn D Murtagh

    BA, BAI, MSc(Dubl), PhD(Paris), Habil.(Strasbourg) Professor of Data Science, University of Huddersfield Member, Science 2003
  • Brian Nolan

    BA(NUI 1974), MA(McMaster 1975), PhD(LSE 1984) FEAM/ALLEA Committee on Health Inequalities Professor of Social Policy, Oxford Member, PL&A 2008
  • Nicki O'Connor

    Senior policy advisor, HEA
  • Mary O'Dowd

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

    BSc(NUI 1975), Dip(Dubl 1978, 1979), Dip(DIT 1979), PhD(NUI 1979) EASAC Biosciences Steering Panel Scientific Director, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, DCU Member, Science 2014
  • Aifric O'Sullivan

    EASAC Working Group on Food, Nutrition, Security and Agriculture

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