Science. Technology. Arts. Engineering. Maths (STEAM)
Performer | Theatre maker
Astronaut in Training
Niamh promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) careers and women in STEM in her public speaking activities and contributing on national TV, radio, and press. She has spoken at a number of events including TEDxUCD and & World Science Festival, Brisbane and Scintillating Science with Dara O’Briain during Science week 2016. She recently co-founded a communications training centre for academics and researchers, in collaboration with University College Dublin and Tyndall Institute Cork. She hosts STEM-related events for corporate clients and the general public including Bright Club, Dream Big, Shakespeare Lives in Science. She also writes a multimedia column aimed at adults to encourage new ways to engage with STEM, Socialising Science for the online journal Headstuff .
Niamh is passionate about all things Space and plans to get to Space within the next 8 years. She is Core Lectures Associate Chair for the International Space University’s annual Space Studies Programme coming to Cork this summer 2017. She is an alumnus of the 2015 programme and lectured in 2016 as part of the Humanities department activities. She is the artist and journalist for Crew 173, a team of six simulated astronauts who will complete a Mars analog mission at Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert in January 2017.
Her other work in science art & technology and public engagement includes My Place in Space (Cheltenham Science Festival 2016, Science week 2014,Festival of Curiosity 2014), Memory of Place (Festival of Curiosity, 2016, 2015), ’To Space’ (Edinburgh Science Festival 2016, Adelaide Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015), Dream Big (Int. Space University, 2015) ‘Speaking with Plants’ (UCD Science Expression, 2014), That’s About The Size Of It (Dublin City of Science 2012, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011), Boys of Foley Street (ANU productions, Dublin Theatre Festival 2012). Her work has been supported by the European Space Agency (2015), Science Foundation Ireland (2014), The Arts Council of Ireland (2014, 2011), Arts@CERN (2011), Show in A Bag (2011), Dublin City Council Drama Bursary (2011), and is an alumnus of MAKE (2011), The SPACE Programme (2011), The Festival of Curiosity Residency (2013), and The Robert Wilson Watermill International Spring Residency, New York (2010).
She is a member of function(core), a transdisciplinary and international collective composed of scientists, musicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, actors, architects, physicists, chemists, futurists, writers, and creative technologists, who form teams called cores around unsolvable problems. She co-founded STEAMakers a global initiative to provide quality public engagement events incorporating creative technologies. Recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators, 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).
Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time. She is curious, always and embraces failure every day.
STEAM Art |Theatre | Events
Speaking | Presenting
Moderated (and created ) by the brilliant Dr Niamh Shaw, the evening began when the two special guests were both asked what made them decide they wanted to dedicate their lives to space exploration. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end as the night had to come to a close.. with everyone already smiling from ear-to-ear after hearing such wonderful stories and adventures.Cian O'Regan