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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New Executive Director

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan has been confirmed as the new Executive Director of the Royal Irish Academy with effect from 19th September 2022.

Membership, Public Engagement

Admittance Day 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Today the Royal Irish Academy celebrates Admittance Day when 24 of our 29 newly elected Members were officially admitted to the Academy for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, humanities and social sciences...

Membership, Public Engagement

Academy Discourse: The future of higher education

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

If you missed last week's Discourse with Professor Sir Adrian Smith, President of The Royal Society talking with Orla Feely MRIA on the future of higher education you can watch it back now. 

Membership, Public Engagement, Discourse Series

RIA Diversity Report

Friday, 22 April 2022

In early 2021 concerns were raised about the diversity of the Academy’s membership, particularly the slow pace of change in the gender balance of the membership and in the diversity of new members appointed annually.

Diversity, Membership

Academy Discourse: The Changing World of Money and Finance

Thursday, 7 April 2022

If you missed our Academy Discourse conversation with Frances Ruane MRIA and Patrick Honohan MRIA you can watch it back now.

Membership, Public Engagement, Discourse Series

Royal Irish Academy ongoing support of Ukraine

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

The Royal Irish Academy stands in solidarity with the citizens and scholarly community in Ukraine and has, along with colleagues from Europe and around the world, denounced in the strongest terms the criminal invasion...

Membership, Policy and International Relations, International Activities

Statement in support of Ukraine, its citizens and academics

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Today, the President of the Royal Irish Academy has released a statement in support of Ukraine, its citizens and academics. The statement is a response to the ongoing military incursion by Russia into the country and...

Membership, Policy and International Relations, International Activities

RIA Multidisciplinary Committees

Friday, 18 February 2022

Deadline extended to midnight, 27 February for applications for new members of multidisciplinary committees for the 2022 to 2026 term.

Membership, Humanities and Social Sciences Committees, Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee

RIA Diversity Report published

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) has published the full report of the independent diversity review it commissioned in May 2021.


Helene McNulty MRIA: Human Nutritionist

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Professor McNulty’s research programme aims to provide greater understanding of nutrition-related health issues throughout the lifecycle, and to contribute to food and health policy in Ireland, the UK and...

Membership, Members Research Series, Public Engagement