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Dr Niamh Shaw

Performer, Scientist and Engineer

Dr Niamh Shaw is a performer, scientist and engineer, who is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. A role model for STEM careers and the empowerment of women in business, Niamh’s future endeavors include a trip to space. Drawing on her experience as an improv artist, Niamh is a skilled and engaging speaker.

Dr Niamh Shaw, performer, scientist and engineer, with 2 degrees in engineering and a PhD in Science, is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. Formerly a full-time academic and published author in peer-reviewed journals she embarked on a successful career in 2008 which merges science, art, technology and humanity. Niamh regularly contributes popular science/tech related topics on national TV and radio, including TV3’s Late Lunch Live for Science Foundation Ireland, as well as speaking publicly at events including TEDxUCD, Trailblazery (2013), Space Expo (Trinity College), Festival of Curiosity (Space Tourist 2014; Curious Tales with Dara O’Briain, 2013).

Niamh regularly visits schools and career events as role model for STEM careers and the empowerment of women in business. She hosted the 2014 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards and made a series of ‘STEM careers in Space’ videos for Science Foundation Ireland as part of their SmartFutures series. She was recently listed in Ireland’s Top 38 Talented women in Technology 2014.

Her most recent science art performance,’To Space’, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (in partnership with CIT BCO) & The Arts Council of Ireland about Ireland’s involvement in Space, premiered at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and will be presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August this year, supported by Culture Ireland. Other science art work includes ‘Speaking with Plants’ (Botanic Gardens 2014), ‘My Place in Space’ (Festival of Curiosity 2014). She co-founded TATSOI, who made ‘That’s About The Size Of It’ & IN SIGHT OF EUREKA as part of an artist in residency at Festival of Curiosity.

In June, she attends the ISU’s annual Space Studies Programme 2015 in Ohio, in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Centre. She recently presented a paper at European Geosciences Assembly in Vienna on the collaborative form of making ‘To Space’ and has been invited to the 66th International Astronautical Conference in Jerusalem to give another paper about her science art work.

She performs weekly with The Craic Pack Comedy Improv & long form improv troupe The Cardinals. She now brings these improv skills to scientists and academics as part of Straight Talking Science, a specialised communications workshop to enhance public engagement skills in association with UCD Science Expression and The Gaiety School of Acting.

Niamh’s work in Science Art has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, CultureIreland, Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO Ireland, European Space Agency, The Festival of Curiosity, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, Dublin City of Science 2012, [email protected], MAKE 2011, Show in A Bag 2011, The SPACE Programme 2011 and Dublin City Council Drama Bursary 2011.

She is a member of Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Physics. She has written for national press including The Irish Times and has guest blogged on Dart of Physics and Science Calling.

She is curious. Always.


    •   Space & Human Exploration
    •   Motivational and Leadership programmes- The Power of Dreaming Big
    •   Corporate workshop- Innovate & Communicate through Improvisation & Play
    •   Presenter, Host/MC – Science Festivals, Spoken Word  & STEM events
    •   Awards Host
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