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Dare to Dream Big

On: 27 Sep 2018 06.00 PM To: 27 Sep 2018 08.30 PM

Dare to Dream Big

Dr Niamh Shaw is Encouraging Women in Business to Dream Big

This event is kindly supported by LEO Limerick. 

On Thursday 27th September, Network Ireland Limerick will host an exciting event with Space Explorer, Dr Niamh Shaw, 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.

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


About Dr Niamh Shaw 

Dr Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist, performer and explorer of all things Space. She 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 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. 

Every Saturday, she keeps bees with her father in their family garden.

About Network Ireland Limerick

Network Ireland Limerick is a forum for women in business, the professions and the arts. Our September event is kindly supported by LEO Limerick and is open to both members and non-members.


Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm  Registration: 6.00pm with open networking. Tea/coffee and canapés will be served on arrival.

Kick-off: 6.30pm sharp with facilitated networking

Venue: The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

Fee: This event is FREE for Network Ireland Limerick Members & €25 for Non-Members including employees, entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals, not for profit and public sector. This event is open to both women and men.

Booking: https://bit.ly/2x6xWlO

Remember to bring plenty of Business Cards for Networking!