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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 Music Bursary

RDS Music Bursary

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.

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RDS Rising Stars

RDS Rising Stars

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. The next Rising Stars Concert will take place on Wednesday May 4 2016 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS.

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RDS Economic Vision 2020

RDS Economic Vision 2020

The RDS Economic Vision 2020 series will give attendees the opportunity to hear directly from some of the most influential figures in Irish business. 

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RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards

The annual RDS 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. The RDS 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 2016 Awards has a prize fund in excess of €30,000 and is now open for entries. Please click here to access the online application form. The deadline for entries is Wednesday June 8. For more key dates please click here.

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RDS-Forest Service Irish Forest and Woodland Awards

RDS-Forest Service Irish Forest and Woodland Awards

The Irish Forest and Woodland 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.

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RDS Library Speaker Series

RDS Library Speaker Series

Through the Library Speaker Series, the RDS hosts a diverse range of interesting and informative talks by noted speakers for Members of the Society and the general public. This continues a long established tradition of lectures at the Society reaching back over 200 years.

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RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

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.

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RDS STEM Learning Programme

RDS STEM Learning Programme

The RDS STEM Learning Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics.

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RDS Visual Art Awards

RDS Visual Art Awards

The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. In order to ensure that the awards remain relevant in a changing cultural environment the RDS has initiated some changes to the way the Awards are run. This year the RDS will replace the open competition by the appointment of a team of independent curators to view the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They will shortlist artists, who will then be invited to apply online for the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards. Please read the rules of entry for the competition.

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RDS Primary Science Fair

RDS Primary Science Fair

Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair will take place in January 2017 in both Dublin and Limerick. As a non-competitive forum, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. The investigations encourage the children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday.

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