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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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

Reflections on the role of a Learned Academy

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Listen to Professor Michael Peter Kennedy reflect on the role of a Learned Academy in the Royal Irish Academy Presidential Discourse.

Membership, Public Engagement, Discourse Series

Academy’s most prestigious medal awarded

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Professor Nicholas Canny MRIA, distinguished historian, received the RIA's premier award the Cunningham Medal

Membership, Grants and Awards, Cunningham Medal

Brendan O'Leary Hon. MRIA in conversation with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Listen to Brendan O’Leary Hon. MRIA discuss his latest three volume book A Treatise on Northern Ireland with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter.

Membership, Public Engagement

Presidential Distinguished Service Award Winners

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Ian Gibson two of our Honorary Members are to receive the 2019 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad today from President Higgins.


Member Profile: Isabel Torres

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Professor Isabel Torres, an expert in Spanish Golden Age Literature was admitted as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 24 May 2019.