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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 in excess of €24,000, 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 Music Recitals Programme provides an audience and a venue for talented third-level music students to help them gain performance experience. The next Rising Stars Concert takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014 in the RDS Concert Hall and will be presented in association with RTÉ lyric FM.
With a prize fund of €10,000, 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 suitable 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.