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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International Policy Reports

Towards an International Plastics Treaty

02 February 2024

Systemic failures are driving rapid growth in production, consumption and leakage of plastics in the marine, terrestrial and freshwater environments, shows a new EASAC Commentary. The summary of the latest scientific...

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Towards Sustainable Food Consumption

28 June 2023

The SAPEA Evidence Review for the European Commission considers how to make sustainable, healthy food an easy and affordable choice for the consumer and the policy issues affecting these choices.

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European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity - Revised Edition 2023

26 June 2023

The 2023 Revised Edition of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been updated to ensure that the European Code of Conduct remains fit for purpose and relevant to all disciplines, emerging areas of...

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International Reflections on STEM Education

19 January 2023

Event Report on the ALLEA-RIA Symposium on “International Reflections on STEM Education”

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ALLEA Statement for a European Research Area of Freedom and Excellence

29 September 2022

This statement by the Federation of European Academies for the Sciences and Humanities reflects on the 20 ERA Policy Agenda Action Points developed in the consultations of the ERA Transition Forum. 

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Towards Climate Sustainability of the Academic System in Europe and Beyond

05 May 2022

This report delves into academia’s impact on the climate through its own operations from the perspective of various stakeholders that play a key role in shaping the academic system.

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Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with Open Science

13 April 2022

Patent System Needs Adjustment to Harmonize with Open Science Objectives, European Academies say

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Regenerative agriculture in Europe: A critical analysis of contributions to European Union Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies

05 April 2022

This report provides evidence that regenerative agriculture holds promising keys to reducing climate risks while providing the growing world population with food and enhancing biodiversity.

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The Normalization of Preprints

14 March 2022

This paper addresses the history, advantages and potential disadvantages of preprints, and concludes with some recommendations for how the growing acceptance of preprint posting should be handled.

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Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union

04 March 2022

Science supports new and improved cancer screening programmes, say EU advisors.

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Health Inequalities Research: New Methods, Better Insights?

15 November 2021

New scientific methods are helping to better understand health inequalities but investments in data infrastructures are required to make use of its full potential for informing policymaking.

ALLEA and FEAM Download

IAP Statement (2021) ‘Climate change and biodiversity- interlinkages and policy options’ – Relevance to Ireland

21 October 2021

This Briefing Paper by Yvonne Buckley MRIA discusses the latest IAP Statement on climate change and biodiversity and its relevance to Ireland

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IAP Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity: Interlinkages and policy options

14 October 2021

This Statement highlights that climate and biodiversity policies are currently insufficiently connected and addressing climate change and biodiversity decline together is central to achieving the SDGs

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Celtic Academies Alliance response to the UK Review of Research Bureaucracy

13 October 2021

Working in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales (LSW) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the RIA has responded to the UK independent review of research bureaucracy. 

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Tackling the effect of climate change on health in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions

12 October 2021

This new report includes assessments from the region and recommendations for policy-makers and the scientific community 

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Key Messages from European Science Academies for UNFCCC COP26 and CBD COP15

24 August 2021

The urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises requires closer coordination between UNFCCC and CBD.

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IAP Statement on Regenerative Medicine

30 July 2021

This IAP Statement highlights medical opportunities in addressing the causes of disease and warns against the misuse of regenerative medicine technologies.

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Celtic Academies Alliance Explainer

12 July 2021

Information on the National Academies of Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland from the launch the Celtic Academies Alliance. 

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A Systemic Approach to the Energy Transition in Europe

29 June 2021

Energy transition needs to accelerate urgently, says EU’s Scientific Advice Mechanism

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A Sea of Change: Europe’s future in the Atlantic realm

08 June 2021

A Sea of Change: Europe’s future in the Atlantic realm

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IAP Statement on Protection of Marine Environments

08 June 2021

World academies call for protection of marine environments

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Decarbonisation of buildings: for climate, health and jobs

02 June 2021

With 25% of Europe’s greenhouse emissions coming from buildings, scientists suggest fundamental policy changes.

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Fact or Fake? Tackling Science Disinformation

03 May 2021

 ALLEA examines the potential of technical and policy measures to tackle science disinformation and calls for improved European exchange and coordination in this field.

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International Sharing of Personal Health Data for Research

20 April 2021

According to this report, legal challenges hamper the sharing of health data with researchers outside the EU/European Economic Area.