Midlands Science is pleased to announce events that will be taking place with Dr Niamh Shaw during Science Week 2020 and the annual Midlands Science Festival. Niamh is a performer, writer & communicator with 2 degrees in engineering & a PhD in science. Passionate about igniting peoples’ curiosity she explores crossovers in STEM, art & communication to share the human story of science. Niamh was the proud recipient of an award from Science Foundation Ireland for her work in communicating STEM, in recognition for all the events and talks and writing that she does about space and science.
‘I’m delighted to be a part of Midlands Science festival this year. My events will all be space-themed and shared with stories and videos about my own space adventures. While there are lots of facts in my events, they aren’t science shows and I’ve made them especially for people who feel that science isn’t really their cup of tea. So lots of videos, pictures and stories about space and designed for people of all ages and all interests.’
When asked about her main mission in life and about what people can expect and at Niamh’s events which will be delivered to schools in Laois and Offaly during Science Week, Niamh said,
‘I have devoted the rest of my life to get to space. I haven’t it all fully figured out just yet but that’s the best part! I do know that in achieving this, that I get to share stories about the adventure with all of you! I want to be the ‘normalnaut’ storyteller! And so far, I’ve shared a few of my adventures- like being on a simulated Mars mission in the middle of the desert in America, then I went to Star City in Moscow and took a zero-gravity flight to feel what microgravity (or weightlessness) feels like in the body (very strange, in short!). And other adventures too which I’ll share with you all at the festival in November.’
Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said,
‘We have been working with Niamh since the schools returned after the first closures and have had excellent feedback on her virtual workshops into schools which the pupils have loved and teachers have said it has been a most welcome and exciting distraction for the children during these challenging times. Niamh’s book ‘Dream Big’ from Mercier Press (a memoir of sorts of the story so far in getting to space) came out in bookstores about 2 days before the first COVID restrictions hit the country. She is also planning the next future space adventure and she should have been working with the International Space University during the summer on their graduate programme in Space Humanities activities but is really looking forward to meeting lots of students during this year’s Midlands Science Festival!’