Royal Irish Academy
The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland's academy for the sciences and humanities. Working throughout Ireland, the Academy promotes scholarly excellence, recognises achievements in learning, directs research programmes and reflects upon and advises on issues of major concern in the fields of science, technology and culture. Through its National Committees and Commissions it provides a network of support for specialist scholarly disciplines and represents the world of Irish learning internationally.
• To promote and support scholarship and research in the sciences and humanities.
• To recognise excellence in scholarship and research through election to its membership and through a system of awards and prizes.
• To make an independent and disinterested contribution to the formation of public policy on scientific and humanities research in Ireland and internationally.
• To promote advanced interdisciplinary research and to enhance relations between Irish scholars.
• To develop relationships between the world of Irish scholarship and international bodies of learning.
• To provide an independent forum of debate for Irish scholars.
• To contribute to public debate on issues of concern in science and culture.
• To enhance public awareness of the value of advanced scholarship and research and of its relevance to all aspects of modern life.
• To conduct its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.
• To maintain and enhance its unique library as a service to scholars and as an important part of the heritage of Ireland.