WexSci, Wexford Science Festival is one of a series of regional science festivals run in conjunction with the national Science Week campaign managed by Science Foundation Ireland, which aims to reach communities at a local and regional level. WexSci, led by Wexford County Council Library Service and the Community Development Department, is supported by Project Team Partners including Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Institute of Technology, Carlow and Local Link Wexford. The Festival is part funded by Science Foundation Ireland, under the annual Science Week Funding Call.
A core aspect of WexSci is access and inclusion, providing people in all age categories and from all communities with the opportunity to attend free talks and interactive, creative events in open, accessible and inviting venues, including libraries and community centres, family resource centres, early years facilities, school and after school settings, education and training centres, youth and community service settings. The festival is delivered through partnerships and collaborations with local community organisations and service providers, schools, colleges, training centres, businesses and government agencies to achieve a greater reach, provide a local focus and build sustainability.
Wexford has been identified by research from Science Foundation of Ireland as a low intervention county in terms of STEM participation. With this in mind, the annual festival programme aims to stimulate interest and debate about STEM careers and opportunities. Our aim at WexSci is to encourage people to engage with science in a fun and interactive way. We want to talk to the amateur and the professional, the curious and all wishing to follow a career in science. We hope to engage and inspire people of all ages, and to promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life.