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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Public Engagement

We believe that the best research should also be available to the public. We hold regular, free talks and other events to promote this research and to introduce Irish and international experts to the public. Noam Chomsky, Michael D. Higgins, James Watson and Peter Higgs have all come to talk to us.

Portraits created by David Rooney of the men and women involved for the book 1916 Portraits and Lives.

1916 Portraits and Lives »

Academy Members and Committees are contributing to the national and global response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Research Response »

Centenary projects celebrating Ireland’s diverse culture and heritage focused around art, history, cartography, lexicography and the Irish language

Decade of Centenaries »

The Royal Irish Academy Public Discourse Series was sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors

Discourse Series »

This series of inspiring talks showcases the best of Irish Research in an accessible way.

Dublin Talks »

A commemorative artwork, funded by the Academy in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and TU Dublin that pays tribute to William Rowan Hamilton

Hamilton Did It »

An annual lecture to commemorate Bell's immense achievements.

John Bell Day »

A festival of all things Shavian, coordinated by the Royal Irish Academy, to mark the anniversary of Shaw’s death on November 2, 1950.

Judging Shaw - the Shaw Day »

Masterclasses consist of one expert speaker and 15 participants.

Masterclass Series »

A lecture series held in honour of Sir William McCrea MRIA, an eminent and influential astronomer.

McCrea Lecture »

Members talk about their research fields to raise awareness of their work, to facilitate collaboration within the wider academic community and to inform the public.

Members Research Series »

A collaborative project matching public representatives and active scientists working on the island of Ireland.

Scientist and Oireachtas Member Pairing Scheme »

Outstanding women leaders share their experiences with the next generation of female leaders.

Women in Leadership Masterclass Series »
Women's suffrage »

A campaign to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits.

Women on Walls »