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NIAMH SHAW

ARTIST & JOURNALIST

Dr Niamh Shaw, an engineer, scientist and performer is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. Formerly a full-time academic with two degrees in engineering and a PhD in Science, she embarked on a career merging performance and theatre with communication, engineering, science, art, and technology. She is interested in pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science, creating science events for family audiences as well as her work in bringing science to the stage. Niamh provides specialised communication, ideation and futures workshops for a variety of clients. Niamh regularly speaks at STEM careers events to promote ‘Women in STEM’ and regularly contributes on national TV, radio, and press and has spoken at TEDxUCD, & World Science Festival, Brisbane. She hosts STEM-related public events including Bright Club, the Engineers Ireland Annual Excellence Awards and the ESB Innovation awards. She writes ‘Socialising Science’ column for Headstuff online paper. She co-founded STEAMakers.co a global initiative to provide quality public engagement events incorporating creative technologies and will speak at the United Nations OSI Geneva Forum in December 2016 to propose an all encompassing multidisciplinary approach to education.

As the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, her latest STEAM lecture/performance piece, ‘To Space’, toured internationally in 2016 to Australia and the UK supported by Culture Ireland, the European Space Agency and the Arts Council of Ireland. She is the Dublin point of contact for Science Foundation Ireland’s inaugural national Space week 2016 and was recently appointed Space Ambassador to Northern Ireland for the European Space Agency’s education and resource office .
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 is a member of Engineers Ireland, the Institute of Physics, Women Mean Business, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the UK Association of Science Educators. Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time. She is curious, always and embraces failure every day.