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

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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The Text and Data Mining Exception and the Enhancement of Access to Scientific Information in Europe

15 November 2017

Statement prepared by the ALLEA Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights

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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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Patentability of Inventions Involving Human “Embryonic” Pluripotent Stem Cells in Europe

17 October 2017

In this statement, taking account of recent rapid developments within the life sciences, ALLEA re-addresses the issue and renews its plea that the same moral standards which control research and development in the area...

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Homeopathic products and practices: assessing the evidence and ensuring consistency in regulating medical claims in the EU

20 September 2017

EASAC, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council, published this Statement to build on recent work by its member academies to reinforce criticism of the health and scientific claims made for homeopathic products...

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Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe

05 December 2017

EASAC report examining how global and national food systems present increasing challenges for science communities in tackling issuesfor health, nutrition, agriculture, ecology and human behaviour, and for encompassing...

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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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Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids

09 August 2017

This EASAC report provides independent advice for policy makers on the use of dedicated electricity storage in electricity grids.

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ALLEA- Developing a Vision for Framework Programme 9

13 July 2017

Exploring possibilities and potential outcomes for Framework Programme 9

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Brexit Taskforce Survey Results

06 June 2017

Analysis of the responses to the RIA Impacts and Opportunities for Higher Education and Research on the Island of Ireland post-Brexit.

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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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Genome Editing: Scientific Opportunities, Public Interests and Policy Options in the European Union

23 March 2017

EASAC report on genome editing advises European policy-makers on how to approach groundbreaking research on plants, animals, microbes and humans.

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Royal Irish Academy Leaders in Higher Education Address 2016

15 March 2017

Mr Tom Boland: The Relationship Between the Higher Education and Research Sector and Government - Fractured but Reparable

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Doing Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons from the Frontline

16 March 2017

A Future Earth Ireland report

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Circular Economy Indicators

30 November 2016

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Advice Paper on the Sustainability of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Sector (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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