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 Reports

Research for Public Policy: an Outline Roadmap

15 September 2021

The Royal Irish Academy and Irish Research Council collaborated in 2021 to write this outline roadmap of  how research could be better connected to public policy. 

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Key Messages from European Science Academies for UNFCCC COP26 and CBD COP15

24 August 2021

The urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises requires closer coordination between UNFCCC and CBD.

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IAP Statement on Regenerative Medicine

30 July 2021

This IAP Statement highlights medical opportunities in addressing the causes of disease and warns against the misuse of regenerative medicine technologies.

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Response to the consultation on the national research and innovation strategy 2021-2027

22 July 2021

The Academy's response to the consultation on the national research and innovation strategy, 2021-2027.

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Celtic Academies Alliance Explainer

12 July 2021

Information on the National Academies of Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland from the launch the Celtic Academies Alliance. 

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Submission to the consultation on the National Equity of Access Plan 2022-2026

05 July 2021

Response to the Higher Education Authority consultation on the draft National Equity of Access Plan, 2022-2026.

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A Systemic Approach to the Energy Transition in Europe

29 June 2021

Energy transition needs to accelerate urgently, says EU’s Scientific Advice Mechanism

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A Sea of Change: Europe’s future in the Atlantic realm

08 June 2021

A Sea of Change: Europe’s future in the Atlantic realm

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IAP Statement on Protection of Marine Environments

08 June 2021

World academies call for protection of marine environments

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Download

Decarbonisation of buildings: for climate, health and jobs

02 June 2021

With 25% of Europe’s greenhouse emissions coming from buildings, scientists suggest fundamental policy changes.

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Fact or Fake? Tackling Science Disinformation

03 May 2021

 ALLEA examines the potential of technical and policy measures to tackle science disinformation and calls for improved European exchange and coordination in this field.

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International Sharing of Personal Health Data for Research

20 April 2021

According to this report, legal challenges hamper the sharing of health data with researchers outside the EU/European Economic Area.


Decarbonisation of the Health Sector: A Commentary by EASAC and FEAM

20 April 2021

This Commentary by EASAC and FEAM emphasises the responsibility of the health sector to reduce its own GHG emissions, and work with other sectors to accelerate decarbonization of the wider economy.

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Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities in higher education: A call for action to the international community

19 March 2021

The InterAcademy Partnership and the Global Young Academy lay out recommendations to mitigate the harms of COVID-19 and seize on the opportunities to improve higher education systems around the world

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RIA response to the updating of the HEA legislation, 2021

08 March 2021

RIA submission on the legislative proposals from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (D/FHERIS) to the reform of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971. 

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Libraries and Archives: ‘Guardians of the word hoard’

17 February 2021

This paper emphasises the importance of the written record as a resource for research and community memory but also as an essential tool in a functioning democracy.

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Museums in Ireland 2020: reflections from the coalface

08 February 2021

This paper brings together a set of reflections provided by the leaders of three of Ireland's museums

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Research for Public Policy and Society: Building a Stronger Architecture for Ireland

21 January 2021

The core theme of the paper is the importance of developing a framework of actions to support more aligned activity in the national research ecosystem.

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A Royal Irish Academy Discussion Paper on Science Advice in Ireland and Europe

14 May 2020

This discussion document arises from a workshop held at the Royal Irish Academy on 11 February 2020 with the support of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies)

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Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research

06 January 2021

The Royal Irish Academy welcomes Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research which strengthens the protection of academic freedom in Europe

Adopted at the Ministerial Conference on the European Research Area Download

RIA submission to DFHERIS Statement of Strategy

24 December 2020

The establishment of the Department of FHERIS offers an exciting opportunity to refresh the national strategic priorities for higher education and research, the national system of research funding, and to highlight and...


Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society of Edinburgh-Learned Society of Wales-Foundation for Science and Technology Roundtable Report on the UK R&D roadmap and R&D in the devolved nations

10 November 2020

Unattributed summary of a roundtable organised by the Foundation for Science and Technology with the Celtic Academies Alliance (RIA-RSE-LSW).

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Genome Editing for Crop Improvement

02 November 2020

ALLEA presents the scientific evidence in the field and explores paths to harmonise EU legislation with recent scientific developments

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Towards a sustainable future: transformative change and post-COVID-19 priorities

29 November 2020

EASAC's perspective is that resistance and challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated

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EASAC Commentary: Hydrogen and synthetic fuels

29 September 2020

No climate benefit from hydrogen unless EU stops subsidies for fossil fuels

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