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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Policy Papers

Future Partnership Project: An ambitious and close future partnership between the UK and Europe

30 May 2018

As the UK and the EU prepare to define their future relationship, specific issues will need to be addressed to enable excellent research and innovation to flourish.

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EASAC Commentary: Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

15 June 2018

Commentary by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

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Findings and recommendations from the Smart Villages Initiative 2014–2017

28 June 2018

European National Science Academies and Smart Villages Initiative present Recommendations for the European Development Community,

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Loss of Trust? Loss of Trustworthiness? Truth and Expertise Today

29 May 2018

European Academies publish Discussion Paper on Loss of Trust in Science and Expertise.

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Response to the Public Consultation on the update of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

16 March 2018

Response to the consultation by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in respect of the proposed update of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971.

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International Delegates Report 2017

14 March 2018

Reports from our international delegates on their activities

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‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’ – relevance to Ireland

14 March 2018

A briefing paper on the EASAC Report - ‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’

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EASAC (2017) ‘Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?’ - Relevance to Ireland

27 February 2018

This report is significant to Ireland’s stated ambitions to become a competitive, low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050.

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Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20

26 January 2018

Submission prepared by the Royal Irish Academy North South Standing Committee in response to a briefing document concerning the budgetary outlook for Northern Ireland.

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Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

19 October 2017

This paper highlights some key aspects of the history of the Irish border over the past century to inform current discussions in relation to the United Kingdom’s (UK) planned departure from the European Union (EU) in...

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Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions

19 October 2017

Brexit presents a number of challenges in relation to the Irish Border. There are legal and political dimensions to these and, in particular, a series of constitutional questions concerning Northern Ireland.

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The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel

19 October 2017

The Common Travel Area (the CTA) is one of the key issues in the current Brexit talks. In principle, it now allows free movement for British and Irish citizens (only) between the two states.

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The Good Friday Agreement, Brexit and Rights

19 December 2017

The Good Friday Agreement (‘the GFA’) is both a peace agreement, and the basis for reformed government in Northern Ireland.  This paper examines the impact of Brexit on the document.

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Research and Higher Education on the Island of Ireland after Brexit

21 November 2017

Report by the Royal irish Academy Brexit Taskforce Republic of Ireland Working Group outling strategic actions which must be taken to ensure that research and higher education in Ireland are not negatively impacted by...

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Higher Education and Research in Northern Ireland Post-Brexit

30 November 2017

The Royal Irish Academy Brexit Taskforce Northern Ireland Report on the potential impact of Brexit on higher education and research.

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RIA Brexit Factsheet- Ireland-UK Higher-Education and Research Connections

05 October 2017

The RIA Brexit Taskforce has compiled key data and facts in relation to the likely impact of Brexit on the higher education and research sector in Ireland

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Submission to Ireland's National Position Paper on the EU 9th Framework Programme

26 May 2017

RIA submission to deliberations of the Cross Government High Level group on Horizon 2020 as it prepares Ireland’s national position paper on the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Archaeology 2025: Strategic Pathways for Archaeology in Ireland

02 May 2017

This strategy is the result of an eight-month consultation process that actively involved a wide range of stakeholders at local, national, cross-border and international levels.

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Consultation Response regarding the National Training Fund

24 April 2017

Response to the Consultation by the Department of Education and Skills on Proposed Employer-Exchequer Investment Mechanism for Higher Education and Further Education and Training  

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Academy Advice Paper 10

20 April 2016

Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on the Sustainability of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Sector.

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Academy Advice Paper 9

25 February 2016

Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper ‘Does Ireland need a Minister for Higher Education and Research?’

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Academy Advice Paper 8

29 January 2016

Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on the Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland.

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Royal Irish Academy Submission

01 December 2015

Submission to the 'Culture 2025' Consultation

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Royal Irish Academy Submission

01 March 2015

Submission by the Royal Irish Academy to the Consultation on the Successor to the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation

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