Niamh Shaw_

Niamh Shaw_

Performer, writer and STEM communicator (Guest Chair)

A recent graduate of practical science communication at Cambridge University, Niamh Shaw is a passionate advocate of sustainability, equality and geographical diversity. Inspired by the ‘Earthrise’ picture taken on Christmas Eve 1968 by the Apollo 8 astronauts orbiting the moon, Niamh wants to use the perspective of space to consider smarter and more sustainable alternatives for all Earth citizens.  

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she recently launched a new podcast series, ‘Humans of Space’ on Spotify and Apple Podcast. She presents space and Earth-themed content for younger viewers on RTÉ’s ‘Home School Hub’ and ‘After School Hub’ programmes, to support parents’ home-schooling requirements during the pandemic. 

Niamh was awarded ‘Outstanding Contributions to STEM Communications’ by Science Foundation Ireland in 2018 and has spoken at a number of prominent events about the relevance of space in society, including Áras an Uachtaráin, WIRED Live UK, TEDxUCD and New Scientist in the UK.  

Her first book, ‘Dream Big: An Irishwoman’s Space Odyssey’ from Mercier Press was published in March 2020 and launches virtually during Space Week 2020. She also writes regularly for BBC’s Sky at Night magazine and contributes to science segments on national radio.