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Calmast - Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology

Calmast was established in 2003 at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to promote STEM. This followed considerable activity by WIT staff since the mid 1990s in promoting science and engineering. The centre is able to draw on staff, students and resources from WIT to achive the vital national goal of promoting STEM. Since its establishment Calmast work has reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements and publications and over a hundred thousand at events and activities. Calmast works many national and international groups in STEM and is working with Waterford City and County Council, industry groups and schools to develop the Southeast with Waterford as its Gateway City as a Science Region. Events include the Robert Boyle Science Festival (part of National Science week), Waterford Engineering Week (as part of national Engineers Week) and the Bealtaine Festival Celebrating Our Living Earth which incorporates International Day for Biological Diversity each May. Calmast also acts as the regional organiser for events such as SciFest and has had a large interactive stand at the BT Young Science and Technology Exhibition since 2003. Calmast has performed at many international STEM festivals Korea, China, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic and the UK. Calmast also founded (2006) and coordinates Maths Week Ireland which is the largest festival of its kind in the world. In 2012 they added the Robert Boyle Summer School to the annual Irish summer school menu.

The centre is led by Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill.

Calmast directors are the only Irish recipients of the Descartes Award for Science Communication and were awarded the Engineers Ireland inaugural Award for Science, Engineering and Technology Awareness in 2007.





Eng week logo 2014

Waterford Engineering Week - 10th - 14th February 2014

The centre runs this in conjunction with Engineers Ireland's Engineering week



BT Young Scientist 2014



Calmast is once again exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist this year. The Waterford Science region stand is more populated than ever, with more activities covering more areas of science than we have had before. Old favorites such as Bengie the dancing robot and our Coillte sponsored tree club stand alongside new additions such as demonstrations of functioning square wheels. Pictures are beginning to trickle in, so keep an eye on our new gallery and our Twitter account.








The Robert Boyle Science Week 2013Science Week Logo



The Robert Boyle Science Festival is the Southeast's part of National Science Week. Events are Running in Waterford, Lismore, Dungarvan and New Ross.

There are events for Primary, Secondary, Family and Adult audiences. This festival is extremely popular and over 3,000 places went in the first hour of booking.

Several distinguished visitors will be joining WIT lecturers in presenting interesting and stimulating talks, demonstrations and workshops.






The Irish Science Teachers Association's annual conference took place over the weekend. The ISTA kindly invited Calmast to this event and we were treated with a weekend of fascinating talks and practical resources for communicating science to the public.

More here.

Scifest the Regional Science Fair will run at WIT on May 1st 2013 see here for more

Logo for Scifest


Calmast runs four annual festivals:

Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor ScienceBealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science - This festival "Celebrates our Living Earth" and happens in May (Bealtaine is "May" in the Irish language) each year. Again this is a partnership between all interested in biodiversity, environment and any science  outdoors in the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the Southeast of Ireland.
Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2013 will take place from 18th - 26th May


Southeast Science Week- Calmast organises science week throughout the Southeast every November as part of National Science Week.

Maths WeekMaths Week Ireland - this annual celebration of mathematics runs in the north and south of Ireland in October . Maths Week Ireland is a cooperative movement of all interested in the promotion of mathematics in Ireland. Maths Week 2013 will run from 12th - 20th October.

CALMAST also supports major national science events such as

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition


The CALMAST team

The activities of Calmast are directed by Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill and developed and delivered in partnership with dedicated staff of WIT and in a wider partnership involving teachers, schools, local authorities, industry and other groups.

Other Groups

The centre actively supports and cooperates with other groups including -

iSCAN - Calmast is actively involved in the work of iSCAN (pronounced "eye scan") Irish Science Centres Awareness Network, with Eoin Gill being the current Chair.

Darwin200 Ireland - as 2009 is the 200th Anniversary of the birth of one of the most important scientists of all times - Charles Darwin the centre was heavily involved with promoting this celebration throughout the Island of Ireland through iSCAN.

Euscea - Calmast are active members and supporters of Euscea (pronounced "you see") the European Science Events Association. The European cooperation is extremely important in promoting STEM. Sheila Donegan is a board member and current treasurer of Euscea.

TreeClub - Calmast is working with students to nurture their interest in natural science and environmental issues via a tree distribution program.

Calmast can be contacted at