When 17 October 2023
Delivered by Anders Olsson, Chair of the Nobel Committee. This Discourse will discuss the universal aims of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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.Read more about the RIA
The RIA’s discourses are the oldest and most renowned series of public talks in Ireland. The first discourses were presented in 1786. Historically, they served as occasions for the most distinguished academics to first reveal and discuss their work in public. Robert Mallet revealed his pioneering work on earthquakes and William Rowan Hamilton talked about quaternion algebra first at RIA discourses. The purpose of our modern discourse series is to bring thought leaders to the RIA to discuss important contemporary issues.
Recent speakers have included Nobel Laureates, Venki Ramakrishnan, Amaryta Sen, William Campbell and Sir Paul Nurse. Other distinguished speakers were Mary McAleese, Catherine Day and Sir Stephen O’Rahilly.
The Royal Irish Academy Public Discourse Series from September 2017 to May 2022 was sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.
A collection of videos of the Academy's Discourse Series spanning since 2017 is also available here