Galway Science and Technology Festival
The first Galway Science & Technology Festival (GSTF) took place in 1998 and over the years the Festival has thrilled, inspired, educated and instilled a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in all ages. The aim of the Festival is to inspire young people to develop an interest in science & technology and consider these fields for their future studies and career. The Festival engages with people of all ages and encourages them to be curious and interested in the world around us. The 2023 Galway Science & Technology Festival will run for two weeks, starting with an exciting Exhibition Day at University of Galway, where we partner with many multi-national, indigenous companies, third level educational institutes, research centres and the wonderful students from local primary and secondary schools that will encapsulate all that is great about STEAM in Galway. During the Festival, online workshops will take place in schools throughout Galway city and county reaching approximately 30,000 students. The aim of these workshops is to nurture an interest in STEM subjects from the point when students first start school right up to when they are completing secondary school and considering applications to third level study. The programme also aims to communicate widely to the general public on the relevance of STEM to everyday lives and society. The Festival activities are provided free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorship and participation by local companies, educational bodies, and state agencies. The Festival also supports other local bodies including Atlantaquarium, Brigit’s Garden, Marine Institute, Discover Science Projects delivered by CÚRAM, Cell Explorer’s, ReelLife Science to participate throughout the two weeks. The Festival is a collaboration between local industry and education providers led by a small team of volunteers, staff and key representatives on the Galway Science and Technology Forum.