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Prof. Fiona Doohan elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Published: Monday, 23 May, 2022

Royal Irish Academy (RIA) admittance day 2022 showing newly elected members in full academic dress on the steps of the RIA, Dawson Street

Royal Irish Academy (RIA) admittance day, 19 May 2022, when 24 of their 29 newly elected Members were officially admitted to the Academy for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, humanities and social sciences, as well as to public service.

The Earth Institute congratulates Professor Fiona Doohan, from UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, for her election to membership of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and her admittance to the Academy in May 2022.

RIA membership is one of the highest academic honours in Ireland, and reflects Fiona's study of and expertise in the development of sustainable methods for crop production and her contributions to the study and understanding of plants and microorganisms, which are critical to the environment, food security and human health.  Fiona's expertise and research focuses on biocontrols, crop science, fungal-pathogens, microbial disease, and plant science, in particular plant-pathogen and plant-mycotoxin interactions.  

Fiona is Professor of Plant Health at UCD and a co-founder of the SME CropBiome. She is an expert is the development of sustainable methods for crop production; co-chairs the All-Island Food Integrity Initiative; and sits on the Scientific Committee for the Global Wheat Initiative. Fiona is also a recipient of the 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award and the Enterprise Ireland Champion of Research awards.

Welcoming the new members elected in 2022, Dr Mary Canning, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said: ‘We are immensely proud of these 29 new Members who we are recognising today for their scholarly achievements, their research and international distinction or for significant contributions to Irish society. As new Members of the Academy, they will contribute to and strengthen our capacity to provide expert advice on Higher Education and Research policy.’

Four additional professors from UCD were also elected to the RIA: 


Professor Orla Feely also offered her congratulations to all those admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in 2022, including the five UCD professors admitted:

All of us at the Earth Institute would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Frank on this fantastic acheivement!