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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.


RDS Allotment Awards

RDS Allotment Awards

The RDS Allotment Awards aim to recognise the hard work, dedication and attention to detail that is being undertaken by those involved in allotment gardening and also to promote an area that encourages people to become more aware of rural issues. 

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RDS-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award

RDS-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award

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.

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RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence

RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence

Inaugurated in 1899, the Boyle Medal continues to recognise scientific research of exceptional merit and remains to this day Ireland's premier science award.

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STEM Programme

STEM Programme

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.

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RDS-UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Leadership Programme

RDS-UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Leadership Programme

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.

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RDS Primary Science Fair

RDS Primary Science Fair

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.

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RDS Student Art Awards

RDS Student Art Awards

The RDS Student Art Awards has an annual prize fund in excess of €17,000. Encompassing the RDS Taylor Art Award which has been awarded since 1860, the Awards are the most prestigious art awards open to students studying at degree or postgraduate level, enrolled in Irish Art Colleges.

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RDS National Craft Awards

RDS National Craft Awards

There has been a history of promoting crafts in the RDS since 1888, when the first of the Society's Art and Industries Exhibitions featuring lace and embroidery was held at the Horse and Sheep Show. The RDS Craft Awards in its current form was founded in 1968. With a prize fund in excess of €24,000 shared over 20 categories, the RDS National Craft Awards is one of Europe’s leading independently adjudicated craft competitions.

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Dublin Science Festival - 'The Festival of Curiosity'

Dublin Science Festival - 'The Festival of Curiosity'

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.

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RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

The RDS and the Forest Service are now accepting entries for the 2014 Irish Forestry Awards.

The RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards promote standards of excellence in the production of native forests and trees. The Awards continue the historic involvement of the RDS in the development of Irish forestry which saw over 55 million trees planted in Ireland from 1766 - 1806 through the Society's land improvement and afforestation projects.

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