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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.

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.




SciFest@WIT as part of SciFest

3rd May 2017, 9 am - 3 pm

Science fair for second-level students taking place at Waterford Institute of Technology


Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

20th - 28th May 2017, all day

Celebration of the Irish natural heritage at venues all over Ireland's Southeast

The festival includes the International Day for Biodiversity on 22nd May. The 2017 theme is "Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism" to match the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.


Robert Boyle Summer School

22nd - 24th June 2017, all day

6th annual Robert Boyle Summer School at Robert Boyle's Birthplace: Lismore heritage town, Co. Waterford


Science Summer Camps for primary and secondary school students

18th - 21st April 2017: Get SET Camp for primary-level students

6th - 9th June 2017: Discover STEM Camp for second-level students

Waterford Institute of Technology


Science Summer Course for Primary School Teachers

3rd - 7th July 2017

Waterford Institute of Technology

Subject to approval from DES, details will be announced in April 2017


Science events at Spraoi Waterford and the SprÓg Childrens Festival

31st July - 5th August 2017: Science shows and workshops at the Garter Lane Arts Centre as part of SprÓg

5th - 6th August 2017: Street science and performances as part of the Spraoi Street Arts Festival Waterford

Details will be announced in May 2017




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.
Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2017 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 2016 will run from 15th - 23rd October.





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

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