The ISTA is the Subject Association for teachers of Science in the Republic of Ireland. It currently has over 1,200 members and has Branches in the following areas: Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny,Limerick, North Midlands, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
Branches hold frequent meetings of interest to Science teachers, and the Association has had representation on the various syllabus committees which drew up the revised programmes in the various Science subjects. The Association has several Sub-Committees which do valuable work in the various subject areas.
The ISTA holds an AGM in the spring of each year with a very broad programme of interest to people in different areas of Science education. In recent years the weekend programme has included a Primary Science Day. Recent AGMs have been in Sligo (2010), Limerick (2009), Donegal (2008), Cork (2007), Athlone (2006), Carlow (2005), and Dundalk (2004 - a highly successful joint AGM and conference with ASE Northern Ireland). In 2011 Thurles was the venue and the 50th AGM was held in Trinity College Dublin during European City of Science in 2012.
We are delighted to announce the next AGM (2013) will be held in Gorey, Co Wexford.
ISTA has close affiliations with ASE UK and Scotland and is also a member of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE)