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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Helen Shaw

Athena Media

Helen Shaw is the founder and CEO of the award winning digital media company Athena Media. She is a former MD of RTÉ Radio and prior to that an a news & current affairs editor with BBC NI and she started her journalism career with the Irish Times. She holds a BA (English/History) and MA (History) UCD, a PGDip in Journalism (DCU) and was a Fellow, Harvard University, Weatherhead Centre International Affairs, She is a founding member and former President of the International Women's Forum, Ireland and is a member of the board of the Arts Council of Ireland.

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