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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Science advice

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. Our activities include workshops to identify current scientific thinking about major national and European policy issues, short timely statements on topical subjects and participation in the European Science Advice Mechanism through our membership of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).

News and events

Policy papers and submissions

Research for public policy

The Research for Public Policy seminar series is a joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC). We aim to ignite important conversations about why evidence-based policy matters and how to harness the diverse expertise of Ireland’s researchers for the common good. We are committed to strengthening and sustaining relationships between researchers, policymakers, and research funders beyond the series, so that together we can build and implement a highly effective national framework for integrating relevant and cutting-edge research into policy development across Government.

The series will consist of a series of exploratory webinars and will include the publication of associated papers and a brief consultative survey to allow members of the research and policy communities to share their views.

Research for Public Policy webinar series


Research for public policy working group