The Irish Forestry Awards recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and bio diversity.
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.
The RDS Gold Medal Award for Industry is one of the Society's flagship awards, recognising excellence in industry. It is awarded annually to an individual who has made an exceptional impact on industry and commerce.
In response to the Global Alliance announcement on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the 2014 Climate Summit, the RDS and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) have come together to establish a Leadership Forum on CSA.
The RDS Rising Stars Concerts showcase new talent in Irish classical music. We provide an audience and a venue for talented third-level music students to help them gain valuable performance experience and profile. The next Rising Stars Concert takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. The Concert will be presented by Laura Gilsenan, CEO of Feis Ceoil Association.
The RDS Primary Science Fair is expanding. Each year the Fair gets bigger and better, with more and more schools looking for places. To cater for this, from January 2016, schools can choose to exhibit their project at the RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin or RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick.
With a prize fund of €15,000 the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Europe. Open to vocalists, conductors and instrumentalists, the Bursary aims to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a musical instrument.
The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.
With a prize fund of €40,000, the RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.
In 2016 the RDS Student Art Awards will become the RDS Visual Art Awards. There is a total prize fund of €20,000, encompassing the RDS Taylor Art Award of €10,000 which has been awarded since 1860. The Awards are open to students graduating from degree or postgraduate level courses in the year of entry enrolled in Irish art colleges. The Awards are also open to graduating Irish art students studying overseas.
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 RDS is proud to be a founding partner of Dublin’s annual science festival, ‘The Festival of Curiosity’, a three-day festival of science and culture which provides an opportunity for parents, families and the public to interact with science as a cultural activity outside of the academic year.