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 Reports

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.


Decarbonisation of the Health Sector: A Commentary by EASAC and FEAM

20 April 2021

This Commentary by EASAC and FEAM emphasises the responsibility of the health sector to reduce its own GHG emissions, and work with other sectors to accelerate decarbonization of the wider economy.

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Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities in higher education: A call for action to the international community

19 March 2021

The InterAcademy Partnership and the Global Young Academy lay out recommendations to mitigate the harms of COVID-19 and seize on the opportunities to improve higher education systems around the world

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RIA response to the updating of the HEA legislation, 2021

08 March 2021

RIA submission on the legislative proposals from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (D/FHERIS) to the reform of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971. 

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Libraries and Archives: ‘Guardians of the word hoard’

17 February 2021

This paper emphasises the importance of the written record as a resource for research and community memory but also as an essential tool in a functioning democracy.

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Museums in Ireland 2020: reflections from the coalface

08 February 2021

This paper brings together a set of reflections provided by the leaders of three of Ireland's museums

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Research for Public Policy and Society: Building a Stronger Architecture for Ireland

21 January 2021

The core theme of the paper is the importance of developing a framework of actions to support more aligned activity in the national research ecosystem.

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A Royal Irish Academy Discussion Paper on Science Advice in Ireland and Europe

14 May 2020

This discussion document arises from a workshop held at the Royal Irish Academy on 11 February 2020 with the support of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies)

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Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research

06 January 2021

The Royal Irish Academy welcomes Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research which strengthens the protection of academic freedom in Europe

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RIA submission to DFHERIS Statement of Strategy

24 December 2020

The establishment of the Department of FHERIS offers an exciting opportunity to refresh the national strategic priorities for higher education and research, the national system of research funding, and to highlight and...


Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society of Edinburgh-Learned Society of Wales-Foundation for Science and Technology Roundtable Report on the UK R&D roadmap and R&D in the devolved nations

10 November 2020

Unattributed summary of a roundtable organised by the Foundation for Science and Technology with the Celtic Academies Alliance (RIA-RSE-LSW).

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Genome Editing for Crop Improvement

02 November 2020

ALLEA presents the scientific evidence in the field and explores paths to harmonise EU legislation with recent scientific developments

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Towards a sustainable future: transformative change and post-COVID-19 priorities

29 November 2020

EASAC's perspective is that resistance and challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated

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EASAC Commentary: Hydrogen and synthetic fuels

29 September 2020

No climate benefit from hydrogen unless EU stops subsidies for fossil fuels

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Race, Ethnicity and Change in Higher Education in Ireland and the UK

17 September 2020

This report looks at the areas and types of change needed to grow participation and equality of outcomes for higher education staff from Irish Traveller, black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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The European Structural and Investment Funds – Contribution to UK research and innovation

14 April 2020

This explainer outlines the role that European Structural and Investment Funds play in supporting investment and capacity building in research and innovation in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

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National Academies in the Devolved Nations Engagement on the UK R&D Roadmap

20 August 2020

The Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Learned Society of Wales joint letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK Government’s R&D roadmap.

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IAP Communiqué on the Development and Distribution of Vaccines against COVID-19

08 September 2020

Cutting corners int the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, anti-vaxxers, and vaccine nationalism are all a public health threat

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Hazard Definition and Classification Review: Technical Report

03 August 2020

Supported by the Integrated Research for Disaster Risk programme of the International Science Council, a dedicated working group has developed a detailed report that includes targeted recommendations.

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ALLEA urges European Parliament to protect Horizon Europe from budget cuts

24 July 2020

A new statement by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities on research and innovation funding

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International Science Council Annual Report 2019

22 July 2020

In 2019 the Council launched an Action Plan for the next few years, developed new initiatives and consolidated existing activities and partnerships. The 2019 Annual Report has now been published.

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Global Green Recovery After COVID-19: Using scientific advice to ensure social equity, planetary and human health, and economic benefits

07 July 2020

The InterAcademy Partnership is urging world leaders to focus on a green recovery when planning for economic activity after the pandemic.

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ALLEA (2020) ‘A Snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe Initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education’ – its Relevance for Ireland

17 June 2020

Briefing Paper by Dr Cliona Murphy discusses the latest ALLEA report and its implications for Ireland.

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A snapshot of Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe: Initial findings and implications for future Climate Change Education

27 May 2020

According to the ALLEA report, more of a focus is needed on mitigation, adaptation, and climate justice

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