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.
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 2015 RDS Student Art Awards has 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 Taylor Art and R.C Lewis Crosby Awards are also open to graduating art students studying overseas.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Thursday, 7 May 2015 in the RDS Concert Hall.
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 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.