(IRL) The Royal Irish Academy is an independent, all-Ireland learned society established under Charter in 1785. It currently has more than 450 members, chosen for their distinguished contributions to research in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is governed by its President and Council, who are elected by the members at a general meeting held in the spring of each year, as stated in the founding Charter.
Since its foundation, the Royal Irish Academy has encouraged and rewarded excellence in scholarship and research throughout the island of Ireland, and has played a signiﬁcant role in promoting the value of the sciences, humanities and social sciences to society. The Academy continues to build on its scholarly tradition, working to enhance the contribution made by research and scholarship to wider society. It fosters the community of scholars on the island of Ireland and strengthens the engagement of this community in international scholarly matters.