Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. It identifies and recognises Ireland’s world class researchers. It supports scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich lives and benefit society. It believes 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.

It is an all-island independent forum of peer-elected experts. Drawing on its Members’ expertise it makes a significant contribution to public debate and policy formation on issues in science, technology and culture. It brings together academia, government and industry to address issues of mutual interest by providing an independent forum. It leads important national research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. It represents the world of Irish learning internationally, has a unique globally recognised library, and is a leading academic publisher.