Dr Niamh Shaw, an Irish performer, scientist and engineer, is passionate about awakening people's curiosity. With 2 degrees in Engineering & a PhD in Science, she is a keen advocate of promoting STEAM to inspire future generations to consider careers in STEM.
Her science art performance,’To Space’, funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork and European Space Agency, about her dream to get to the International Space Station has been touring since 2014 & will be presented in Australia in 2016, fully funded by CultureIreland. Other science art work includes 'My Place in Space’ (2014-2016), 'That’s About The Size Of It’ (2011-2013), Memory of Place (2015) & 'In Sight Of Eureka’ (2013).
An alumnus of ISU's intensive Space Studies Programme 2015, she made ‘DREAM BIG’ a short documentary about inspiring the next generation to dream big. She co-founded STEAMakers a global initiative with her fellow SSP15 alumni, to create a global community who want to inspire the next generation to consider careers in STEM. She has presented scientific papers on the collaborative nature of her work between technology, science & art at European Geosciences Assembly, European Planetary Sciences Congress. She has written for national press including The Irish Times, & is a regular blogger for Headstuff.
Niamh's work in Science Art has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, CultureIreland, Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO Ireland, European Space Agency, Arts@CERN.
She regularly speaks at STEM careers events to promote ‘Women in STEM’ & science communicating conferences. Niamh contributes popular science/tech related topics on Irish TV and radio, as well as speaking publicly at events including TEDxUCD (2014). With over 12 years' experience in improvisation, she provides communications workshops for scientists and academics to challenge new forms of presentation & public engagement of research.
Previous artist residencies include: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork (2014-2016), Festival of Curiosity, Dublin (2013), Robert Wilson Watermill Centre International Spring Residency, New York (2010). She is curious, always and continues to bring her work outside Ireland, to a more global audience.