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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Fergal O'Brien MRIA: Biomaterial Researcher

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Professor O'Brien's research focuses on the development and application of natural polymer, biomaterial-based therapeutics for tissue engineering.

Membership, Members Research Series, Public Engagement

The national conversation around Covid-19: The contributions of Academy stakeholders

Monday, 8 June 2020

The Royal Irish Academy welcomes this opportunity to profile our stakeholders’ important and timely initiatives.


Royal Irish Academy calls for an enhanced Irish science advice system

Monday, 25 May 2020

Royal Irish Academy calls for an enhanced Irish science advice system.

Membership, Policy and International Relations

29 New Members Admitted

Friday, 22 May 2020

Today Dr Mary Canning, PRIA welcomed our recently elected Members as we held our annual Admittance Day ceremony online


‘Ní ceadmhach neamhshuim’

Thursday, 21 May 2020

A blog post by Professor Máirín Nic Eoin, MRIA on the use of the Irish language in this time of acute crisis. Professor Nic Eoin hopes that the Irish language and the language community can continue to inspire communal...

Membership, Policy and International Relations

Paula J. Reimer MRIA: Radiocarbon Expert

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Professor Reimer's expertise is in Radiocarbon dating, determining the age of an object that contains organic material.

Membership, Members Research Series, Public Engagement

New Secretary for Science

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

We are delighted to announce the election of Catherine Godson, MRIA, as the new Secretary for Science.


Election of Policy and International Relations Officer

Friday, 3 April 2020

The Royal Irish Academy is delighted to announce the Election of Brian Norton, MRIA, as the new Policy and International Relations Officer.

Membership, Policy and International Relations

New President Elected

Monday, 16 March 2020

Mary Canning has been elected as President of the Royal Irish Academy. She became only the second female President in 235 years when she was elected today during Academy’s first virtual Stated General Meeting.


Annual Review 2019 published

Monday, 16 March 2020

Our latest Annual Review has just been published. You can download the PDF or pick up a copy in Academy House.

Membership, Public Engagement