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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Maureen Edmondson

Maureen Edmondson, OBE, BSc, PhD, FIFST, FIAFST, FECSS lives in Portaferry. For twenty years Maureen worked for Mars Incorporated, serving on the corporate staff responsible for International Scientific Affairs. She initiated nutrition and health programs in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She led a multinational team and maintained an international network of influential scientific professionals. She has also managed the company’s input to European and international technical food legislation and nutrition policy. She was vice Chairman of the Industry Council for Development, and was active in the International Life Sciences Institute, and several other European trade, scientific, and professional associations.

Since 2000 Maureen has served on governing and advisory bodies of Higher Education, 3rd Sector and Public Sector bodies. These included UU, Northern Ireland Office, Postwatch*, the Food Standards Agency*, Ofcom*, UCD, Patient and Client Council*, The Renaissance Forum*, FareShare and Edgehill Theological College*. (* served as Chair). She is a Past President of the Institute of Food Science and currently the Independent Assessor. 
 

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