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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 has reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements and publications and over a hundred thousand at events and activities. Calmast works with 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 in 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 scene.

Calmast's programme manager is Ms Cordula Weiss. The directors  are Dr 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.

Calmast is supported by WIT, SFI and local industry and local authorities.

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COMING EVENTS

 

The Southeast Science Festival will run from 6-19 November as part of National Science Week: (12 - 19 November). Sheila and Eoin first began to organise Science Week events at WIT in 1998 and in 2017 Calmast is running events at 10 venues across the region including Dungarvan, Lismore, Clonmel, Tramore, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford, New Ross and Enniscorthy. It is expected that around 7000 people will participate in over 75 events.

 

 

Calmast runs several 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. See the website showing previous festivals here.
The Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2018 will run from 19th - 27th 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 in 2006, 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 2018 will run from 13th - 21st October.

Robert Boyle Summer School

Ireland's only summer school addressing science in our culture was founded in 2012 and runs every June at Lismore. Boyle was born in Lismore Co Waterford and was one of the most important scientists of the period called the "Scientific Revolution".  It is organised by Calmast with partners Lismore Heritage Centre, Robert Boyle Foundation and Lismore Castle. Calmast has also developed shows around the life and work of Boyle and presented in Prague, Lisbon, Genoa, England, US, Shanghai and all over Ireland.

Engineering Week was established by Calmast in 2006 and on the establishment of Engineers Ireland's national Engineer's Week has run as part of this initiative. Waterford Engineering Week will run from 24 Feb - 2 March 2018.

 

The CALMAST Team

The activities of Calmast are delivered in partnership with dedicated staff and students at WIT and in a wider partnership involving teachers, schools, local authorities, industry and other groups.

The centre actively supports and cooperates with other groups including -

Eusea - Calmast is an active member and supporter of Eusea (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 Eusea.

Lismore Heritage Centre is a partner with Calmast in the Robert Boyle Summer School and in many events throughout the year.

 

 

Calmast can be contacted at calmast@wit.ie

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