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 Affiliations

The Royal Irish Academy is a member of several global academic networks and international scholarly associations.    We work to raise the international profile of Ireland’s researchers and research networks, strengthen the voice of the sciences, humanities and social sciences in high-level debates, and support international collaboration and mobility through Academy grants programmes.


The Academy belongs to ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, which has sixty member academies in more than forty countries in the Council of Europe region. ALLEA’s policy work seeks to contribute to improving the framework conditions under which science and scholarship can excel. Current working groups include science ethics and research integrity; Science education; E-Humanities.


The Academy was a founding member of EASAC, the European Academies Science Advisory Council, which brings together the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland.  EASAC is the voice of independent science advice, mobilising Europe’s leading scientists to guide EU policy for the benefit of society on issues related to the biosciences, environment and energy.


Through the Academy’s membership of EASAC and ALLEA, Irish experts contribute to the FP9 funded Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) network, which provides scientific advice to the European Commission’s network of High-Level Scientific Advisors.   Current projects include:

International Science Council

The International Science Council brings together 40 international scientific unions and associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organisations to lead on catalysing, incubating and coordinating impactful international action on issues of major scientific and public importance. Current ISC projects include

Inter-Academy Partnership

Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP) was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016, bringing together three established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering, namely IAP, the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC).   Current IAP projects include:

Union Académique Internationale

The Union Académique Internationale, was established in 1919 and now comprises over a hundred member organisations in 63 countries and supports 76 projects. Its aims are to initiate, recognise, foster and fund basic long-term international research projects.

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