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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Policy and International Relations 

Our experts provide independent evidence to inform debate on the big issues we face as a society. We support world-class, excellent research that explores changes in, inter alia, the research environment, culture and heritage, and science advice mechanisms.

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Our Policy and international work

We work with sister academies across the world to provide evidence to inform policy development in health and agriculture

Biosciences »

We support the discussion and exchange of opinions and ideas on contemporary Irish cultural and heritage policy and practice

Culture and heritage »

Our work supports the higher education sector in several ways, from helping to identify the funding needs of higher education institutions to understanding how best to support greater equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education

Higher education and research policy »

We work with sister academies in the UK to foster collaboration and offer independent expert advice on higher education and research matters and on other shared key issues

International relations »

We work with academies in the UK to support a positive future for research and innovation collaborations

Ireland-UK relations »

Our work in this area seeks to support a smooth transition towards an open research environment and to allow the voices of researchers to be heard in the process

Open research »

Drawing together insights and analysis from experts, our goal is to increase understanding by providing independent evidence to inform public debate on the big issues we face as a society

Science advice »

We work with sister academies internationally to support the development of students’ scientific literacy

Science education »

We contribute to public policy debate on environmental and sustainability issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainability

Sustainable development »