Sheep farming is an important indigenous industry in Ireland that is worth more than €250 million each year to the economy. Through this Award the RDS, in collaboration with Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers Journal, acknowledges the importance of this industry.
The aim of the Society's founders in 1731 was to improve Ireland's economic condition by promoting the development of Agriculture, Arts, Industry and Science. Inspired by the founding aims and purpose of the Society, the Foundation Programme supports Irish society by acting as a catalyst to ensure that the coming generations can fulfil their potential. Below is an overview of the projects within the RDS Foundation Programme.
Inaugurated in 1899, the Boyle Medal continues to recognise scientific research of exceptional merit and remains to this day Ireland's premier science award.
The STEM Programme (Teacher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science.
The RDS is proud to be a founding partner of Dublin’s annual science festival, ‘The Festival of Curiosity’, a new three-day science event which will provide an opportunity for parents, families and the public to interact with science as a cultural activity outside of the academic year.
The RDS is delighted to partner with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on a series of seminars that will bring together the very best business people in Ireland to deliver a programme aimed at enhancing the leadership and management skills of small to medium sized Irish enterprises.
The RDS Preparing to Takeoff – Reach for Recovery Business Breakfast series began in May 2011 with the goal of sharing ideas and communicating both the challenges and opportunities that exist for Ireland.
Beginning in 2012, the RDS embarked on a series of lectures designed to address the next chapter in our economic story by welcoming those who are directly responsible for helping rebuild the Irish economy.
The RDS Primary Science Fair encourages primary school teachers to focus on developing students’ scientific skills by investigating a question or problem. Through working together to question, observe, record and then make sense of what they find, students develop core life skills which provide them with a strong foundation for their future path in life.
Each year the winning and a number of highly commended entries from each category in the RDS National Craft Awards and the RDS Student Art Awards are exhibited at the RDS Concert Hall during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. The exhibition then travels to a number of selected venues across Ireland. The exhibitions help promote Ireland’s most promising and talented artists and designers to a wider audience.
The RDS and Teagasc collaborate on the Walsh Research Fellowship to encourage high calibre graduates to stay in Ireland and pursue their research interests. The Walsh Research Fellows undertake a broad spectrum of research including food processing, animal and crop production, soils and environment, agri-food economics and rural development.