Niamh Shaw
Associate Core Chair

Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist and performer is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity, merging performance and theatre 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, and lectured at SSP 2016 in Haifa Israel last year, as part of the Humanities department activities. As the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, her STEAM lecture/performance piece, 'To Space', toured internationally including Edinburgh Fringe (2015), Adelaide Fringe (2016), Edinburgh International Science Festival (2016), and Cheltenham Science Festival (2016) supported by Culture Ireland, ESA and the Arts Council of Ireland. Her next project ‘A Hand in Space’ has been funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2017 Discover programme, working with ESA’s Astronaut Centre in creating a new multimedia performance about the massive group effort behind human space exploration. 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), European Geosciences Assembly (2017, 2016, 2015), and European Planetary Sciences Congress (2015).

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, & World Science Festival, Brisbane. She hosts and creates a variety STEM-themed public events and is a member of function(core), a transdisciplinary and international collective to find solutions to unsolvable problems for our future. Niamh provides specialised communication, ideation and futures workshops in academic research and corporate business environments. 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 and is the Space Ambassador to Northern Ireland for the ESA's education and resource office (ESERO UK). She was recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators. Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time, and embraces failure daily.

Twitter: @niamhiepoos