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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Humanities and Social Sciences Committees

The Academy committees build public engagement and understanding of the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

In 2014 the Academy established ten multidisciplinary committees. The committees aim to promote co-operation across and within relevant scholarly disciplines and to advise Academy engagement in these areas. The committees exist to provide scientific and scholarly expertise and to promote the value of the sciences, humanities and social sciences. They do this through their programme of work, combining public engagement events, expert statements, responding to Government consultations and working with relevant international unions. We aim to undertake our work from a multidisciplinary perspective and collaborate on projects across committees.

The terms of reference for the committees can be found here. The work of the committees is coordinated by the Academic Board. The board provides guidance to the committees and establishes themes for multidisciplinary projects. The terms of reference for the Academic Board can be found here.

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Ethics and Commemoration
24 November 2016 Royal Irish Academy

This report reflects on how the ethical components of collective commemoration can provide a framework for handling contested and divisive narratives of the past in a manner that is inclusive and tolerant.

The Need for Social Sciences in Ireland
01 December 2016 Royal Irish Academy

A statement on why social sciences matter; an explanation of what the social sciences are; an overview of the social sciences in Ireland; the needs of an evolving social sciences sector.


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