Dr Niamh Shaw, a performer, scientist and engineer, is passionate about awakening people's curiosity. Formerly a full-time academic and published author in peer-reviewed journals she embarked on a career which merges science, art, technology and humanity and is currently the 2014 Artist in Residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. Niamh regularly contributes popular science/tech related topics on national media, as well as speaking publicly at events including TEDxUCD (2014), Trailblazery Rites of Passage Series (Dublin Fringe 2013), Space Expo (Trinity College), Festival of Curiosity (My Place in Space, ToSpace - a Work in Progress 2014; Curious Tales with Dara O’Briain, 2013). 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 Irelands involvement in Space, premiered last month at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival at Science Gallery, Dublin. Other science art work includes 'Speaking with Plants' (Botanic Gardens 2014), 'My Place in Space' (Festival of Curiosity 2014), 'That’s About The Size Of It’ (Show in a Bag, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011, TATSOI), and 'In Sight Of Eureka’ (Festival of Curiosity 2013, TATSOI).
With over 12 years' experience in improvisation, she 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 & The Gaiety School of Acting. She is curious, always.
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