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.Read more about the RIA
In 2019 the Academy will award two Gold Medals: one in the Social Sciences and one in the Engineering Sciences.
Watch the 2018 Academy Gold Medals winners, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, MRIA and Stephen J. Smartt, MRIA sharing their views on what it means to receive their awards
Academy Gold Medals awarded in the Humanities and the Physical and Mathematical Sciences to architectural historian, Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Astrophysicist, Professor Stephen J. Smartt MRIA.
In 2018 the Academy will award two Gold Medals: one in the Humanities and one in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D. presented the 2017 Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals at a ceremony in Academy House on 23 March.
Read the DIB entry on William Mossop, and his son William, both engravers and designers of medals, by Daniel Beaumont and David Murphy, below.
Professor Louis Cullen and Professor Fergus Shanahan were awarded the 2016 Academy Gold Medals.
In 2016 the Royal Irish Academy will award two Gold Medals: one in the Humanities and one in the Life Sciences.
In 2015, medals were awarded in the Engineering Sciences and the Social Sciences.
Professor Philip Lane and Professor Alan Smeaton were awarded the Academy Gold Medals.