Ruth McAvinia
Chair
Space Humanities Department

A native of County Meath, Ruth studied Drama and Modern Irish at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She worked in radio and national television news, as well as live sports commentary, for a number of years before deciding to retrain in science communication.

Ruth went on to study science and science communication at the Open University completing a BSc in 2011 and MSc in 2013. She has worked on contract for ESA and EUMETSAT in communications and social media.

Ruth was a participant at the SSP in 2010 in Strasbourg and served as TA and Emerging Chair for the Humanities (Space and Society) department in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She has also worked as a team project staff editor and visiting lecturer at SSP and is a member of the ISU Faculty.

Ruth is Vice-Chair (for Communications) of the Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, and occasionally still works as a reporter, writing for the Planetary Society blog and the ISU website among others. In her spare time, she likes reading, acting, swimming, stormchasing, and watching television. She speaks Irish (Gaeilge) fluently, and is happy to help you to learn and to pronounce the road signs for you.