Connect with us
Dr Niamh Shaw Dr Niamh Shaw

Event News

Future Space Colonist Dr Niamh Shaw to Address Network Ireland Limerick

Network Limerick Ireland are hosting Dr Niamh Shaw who will be there guest speaker at the Network Ireland Limerick event on the 27th of Sept at Savoy Hotel, also pictured is, Tracey Hackett, LEO and Valerie Murphy, Network Limerick Ireland President and Valerie’s Breast Care

Future Space Colonist Dr Niamh Shaw to Address Network Ireland Limerick

Network Limerick, the Limerick branch of Network Ireland, will host an exciting event with astronaut-in-training Dr Niamh Shaw this September. Organised in association with LEO Limerick, the event will take place on Thursday 27 September in the Savoy Hotel, Limerick.

Dr Niamh Shaw, engineer, scientist and performer, is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity, merging performance and theatre with communication, engineering, science, art and technology. She is interested in pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science, creating science events for family and arts audiences.



Since she was 8 years old, Niamh has wanted to go to Space. But she did very little about it for a very long time. In 2011, she decided to make her life an art experiment in exploring the pursuit of lifelong dreams, presenting her work in theatrical and other publicly engaged platforms. As part of this, Niamh plans to be a future space colonist, to contribute to human space exploration as an artist and communicator.

Dr Shaw talks about science & space on radio & TV and makes public events and theatre shows to ignite people’s curiosity- especially those people who think that science isn’t for them.  She is actively pursuing her dream to get to space and has been sharing her global space adventures and expeditions since 2014. In this regard, she participated in a zero-gravity flight at Star City in Moscow and regularly visits Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan for human launches (most recently for the launch of European Space Agency Astronaut, Alexander Gerst). She is an experienced analogue astronaut with over 20 EVA hrs from Mars simulated missions in the Utah desert USA and the Negev desert in the Middle East. She continues to seek out further extreme environments and opportunities in human space exploration.

Voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), her contribution to science & its application to Irish life was acknowledged by Uachtaráin na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins in 2017. She champions Women in STEM in all her projects and works with the Lottie Doll Company to promote young girls and boys in STEM, bringing ‘Stargazer Lottie’ on all her space adventures.

She is the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, the Humanities co-chair at 2018 International Space Studies Programme & the Dublin point of contact for Ireland’s national Space week 2018. Her newest theatre piece ‘Diary of a Martian Beekeeper’ funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2017 Discover programme (working closely with ESA’s Astronaut Centre in Cologne), will tour internationally in 2019/2020.

She writes for BBC’s monthly Sky at Night astronomy magazine and has spoken at TEDx, Inspirefest, New Scientist Live, Cheltenham Science Festival, World Science Festival, contributing on radio and TV regularly.  Her new radio show ‘Curious Humans’ will be aired on RTE Radio 1 extra later this year.

Valerie Murphy, President of Network Limerick, said “We are delighted to have Niamh Shaw as our guest speaker at this event. She is an excellent example of a hardworking and inspirational woman who has shown that it’s possible to reinvent yourself at any time and follow your dream.”

This event is FREE for Network Ireland Limerick Members and €25 for non-members. Tickets available on or

For more information on Network Ireland go here.

For more stories on Network Ireland go here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.