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Talk: ‘Walking (slowly) towards space’

In 2014 Niamh Shaw announced to the world that she wanted to go to space; and then she made a show about it. ’To Space’ explored her impossible dream and the current state of the space industry. She went on a simulated Mars mission and spent time at the European Space Agency’s Astronaut Centre as artist and engineer. And made another show about the sacrifice of a dream and the massive group collective required to put one human into space. It’s been nearly 5 years now and where is she on her lifelong dream and how has it evolved.

Her unique viewpoint strikes a chord with people, and she travels the world sharing her story.‘Walking slowly Towards Space’ will see acclaimed communicator Niamh sharing her journey, illuminating the relevance of space in our society, her progress, her struggles and challenges, the importance of sharing the story of space to the wider population, and explaining why she has devoted the remainder of her life to fulfilling a 40 year old dream.

Dr Niamh Shaw:

Niamh Shaw is an Irish actress, scientist and science communicator. Since 2014 she is the artist in residence for the CIT BlackRock Castle Observatory.

Dr Shaw graduated from UCD with a BE in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Biosystems Engineering, She has a Masters in Biosystems Engineering and a PhD in Food Science.

Dr Shaw was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Food Science and Technology in UCD.In 2015, Shaw participated in the International Space University in Space Studies Programme.