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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Ian Adamson

Ian Adamson, OBE, is a retired community paediatrician and well known in Northern Ireland for his political, civic and cultural work. He is founder Chair of The Ulster-Scots Language Society, a leading figure in the modern revival of Ulster-Scots and has published widely on Ulster history, language and culture. A member of Belfast City Council from 1989 until 2011, he was Lord Mayor 1996/1997 and is presently High Sheriff of Belfast. He is active in a wide variety of community groups and associations, and was a founding figure of the Somme Association. He is presently the senior adviser on history and culture to Lord Bannside, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Dr Ian Paisley.

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