Dr. Niamh Shaw

Dr. Niamh Shaw an Irish award-winning communicator, writer and explorer of space activities. Her work focuses on sharing the ‘bigger perspective’ of space to envisage a healthier, fairer and more equal, sustainable planet.


She is adjunct faculty and a proud alumnus of SSP15. She provided communications workshops, was a mentor and coach at ISP20, has lectured in Space Humanities at MSS20 and MSS21, co-chaired Space Humanities department at SSP18, was associate chair of Core Lectures at SSP17, and contributed to the space Humanities department activities at SSP16.

In her own work, Niamh wants to use the perspective of space to consider smarter and more sustainable alternatives for all Earth citizens.

A polymath with 2 degrees in engineering, a PhD in science and almost 20 years of performance & writing experience, she has been providing events for the general public in Europe since 2014.

A recent graduate of practical science communication at Cambridge University, Niamh was awarded ‘Outstanding contributions to STEM Communications’ by Science Foundation Ireland in 2018. In response to the COVID pandemic, she is providing a weekly series of ‘Space Hub’ TV segments for RTE’s ‘After School Hub’ educational series, and recently launched a new podcast series ‘Humans of Space’ and an online family video series ‘Galaxy Squad’.

As communicator of space, she has spoken at prominent events including Áras an Uachtaráin on International Women’s Day 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs Dublin on St Brigids Day 2020, WIRED Live UK, Cross Industry Innovation Summit at NASA Johnson Space Centre (2018), TEDxUCD and New Scientist (UK) and has appeared on Ireland’s top TV chat shows ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’.

Her first book ‘Dream Big- an Irishwoman’s Space Odyssey’ from Mercier Press was published in March 2020 and launched virtually during Space week after a 6-month delay due to the pandemic. She writes regularly for BBC’s Sky at Night magazine.

Niamh continues to work on her personal art/outreach project ‘Walking Slowly to Space’, a global walking project to meet & chat with diverse communities, & share & exchange ideas about science, space and the wider message of a safer, healthier & fairer planet for all.

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