THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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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McCrea Lecture

Organised and hosted by the Royal Irish Academy, the McCrea lecture series is held in honour of Sir William McCrea MRIA (1904-1999), an eminent and influential astronomer. Run every two years, the McCrea Lecture is a highlight on the astronomy enthusiasts’ calendars as it is an opportunity for people from various backgrounds, disciplines and professions to come together to discuss news and progress within space science.

Past Speakers

  • McCrea Lecture 2015Rosetta Mission: Are Comets the Giver and Taker of Life? delivered by Professor Monica Grady, Professor at Open University, 25 June 2015

  • McCrea Lecture 2013Are the Laws of Physics Changing? delivered by Professor John D. Barrow, University of Cambridge, 12 November 2013

  • McCrea Lecture 2011The Hundred Year Mystery of Cosmic Rays, delivered by Professor Luke Drury, former President of the Royal Irish Academy, Director of the School of Cosmic Physics, DIAS and Andrews Professor of Astronomy at Trinity College, 9 December 2011.