Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist, communicator and performer is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity, merging creativity with communication, engineering, science, art, and technology. She is interested in pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science, particularly through Space themes, creating science events for both family and arts audiences.
Niamh is an alumnus of SSP 2015. She was core lectures associate chair at SSP17 and at SSP16, she contributed to the Humanities department activities. She is artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. As creator and artist, her latest theatre show ‘Diary of a Martian Beekeeper’ premiered at Space week Ireland 2017, created in partnership with Blackrock Castle Observatory, ESERO Ireland and ESA and funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2017 Discover programme. She worked with ESA’s Astronaut Centre in creating a new multimedia performance about the massive group effort behind human space exploration. A UK tour of the show in 2018 is supported by Culture Ireland. Her previous show, 'To Space', toured internationally including Edinburgh Fringe (2015), Adelaide Fringe (2016), Edinburgh International Science Festival (2016), and Cheltenham Science Festival (2016). She was the artist and journalist for Crew 173, an all-SSP alum team of six simulated astronauts who completed a Mars analog mission at Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert in January 2017. She has presented her work in STEAM at scientific conferences including the International Astronautical Congress (2016, 2017), European Geosciences Assembly (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015), and European Planetary Sciences Congress (2015).
As communicator, Niamh regularly speaks at STEM careers events to promote ‘Women in STEM’ and contributes extensively on Irish national TV, radio, and press. She has spoken at TEDxUCD, InspireFest, & World Science Festival, Brisbane. She hosts and creates a variety STEM-themed public events in Ireland and the UK. She recently co-founded a communications training centre for academics and researchers, in collaboration with University College Dublin, Tyndall Institute Cork, and affiliated with the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science at Stonybrook University, NY. She is the Dublin point of contact, on behalf of Blackrock Castle Observatory for Ireland’s national Space week. She was recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and female engineers. Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time, and embraces failure daily.