The Irish Science Teachers’ Association (ISTA), is the Professional Association for the Teachers of Science in the Republic of Ireland. ISTA was founded in 1961 and has over 1400 members from all sectors of education in fourteen Branches nationwide. The ISTA functions as a body dedicated to the professional development of its members and the advancement of science teaching. Membership is open to teachers of science and others involved in science education. The Association works to develop co-operation between teachers of science at all levels. It aims to keep members up to date with changes in their subjects and with new ideas in teaching, learning and assessment. The ISTA helps members to promote a positive attitude amongst their students towards science and technology in society.