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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 achieve 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 Calmast added the Robert Boyle Summer School to the annual Irish summer school scence.

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.




Waterford Engineering Week as part of national Engineers Week 28th February and 5th March 2016

See programme here


ISTA Annual Conference LIT 8 & 9th April

Irish Science Teachers Association website here


SciFest@WIT 27 April 2016

Regional Secondary School science competition at WIT

SciFest Website here


Bealtaine Festival Celebrating our Living Earth May 14th - 22nd 2016

Ireland's leading biodiversity, environment and natural heritage festival taking place around the Southeast and at WIT every May since 2005.

Bealtaine Festival website here


Discover STEM Camp for Teenagers 6 - 10th June 2016

For secondary school pupils this camp explores areas of science, technology, engineering and maths under the guidance of WIT lecturers and researchers. This camp has high level content and is suited for teenagers with strong sense of curiosity and interest in STEM. Details will be announced in April


Robert Boyle Summer School Lismore 23 - 26th June 2016

The 5th annual Robert Boyle Summer School exploring the place of science in our culture will take place at Robert Boyle's Birthplace, Lismore heritage town Co. Waterford, with leading national and international speakers and guided walks, costumed re-enactments, music, poetry and social events.

see Boyle website here


Get SET for Summer (Science Engineering Technology and Maths) Summer Camp for primary schools. 4-8th July 2016

Details will be announced in May


Primary Teachers Science. This 5 day course will commence either 1st or 4th July (subject to approval from DES)

SprOg and Spraoi Festivals Waterford


SprOg  25th - 29th July 2016

Spraoi 29 - 31st July 2016

Spraoi website here




Waterford Engineering Week - 9th - 13th February 2015

The centre runs this in conjunction with Engineers Ireland's Engineers Week

for 2015 Schedule


BT Young Scientist 2015



Calmast was once again at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition coordinating the Waterford Science Region Stand with participation from WIT STEM departments, Bausch & Lomb, Teva, Waterford City and County Council. A large area was devoted to promotion of Maths Week Ireland.

This marked Calmast & WIT's 13th year supporting the BTYSTE and we are still one of the biggest and busiest stands. See here for 2015 Gallery








The Robert Boyle Science Week 2015Science Week Logo



The Robert Boyle Science Festival is the Southeast's part of National Science Week. Events are expected to run in Waterford, Lismore, Dungarvan and New Ross between 9 - 14th November 2015.

In 2014 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 shared the programme with 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 2015 will take place from 17th - 24th May


Maths Week
Maths Week Ireland
- this annual celebration of mathematics runs in the north and south of Ireland in October . Founded and coordinated by Calmast, Maths Week Ireland is a cooperative movement of all interested in the promotion of mathematics in Ireland. It is now the biggest such festival in the world.

Maths Week 2015 will run from 10th - 19th October.

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 was 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 past board member and  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