Inspired by Space: Diary of a Martian Beekeeper

Engineer: Scientist: Artist

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Dr Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist and performer. She is passionate about igniting peoples curiosity and particularly interested in doing this by combining creativity with science topics. She presents the human story of science, creating theatre shows, public events and contributions to media with this focus. She has set herself a life’s mission to get to space, as artist and explorer. She hopes that by sharing the human story behind such a venture, it will help us better understand our place in the story of space, and the beauty of our planet Earth.

Recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), her contribution to science and its application to Irish life was acknowledged by Uachtaráin na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins at his annual St Patricks Day reception in 2017 in Áras an Uachtaráin.

She is artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Humanities co-chair at 2018 Space Studies Programme, and the Dublin point of contact for Ireland’s national Space week.


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Martin Delahunty

Managing Director, InspiringSTEM Network

Founder & Managing Director, InspiringSTEM. Formerly, Global Director at Springer Nature. Highly experienced scientific technical and medical publisher. Extensive experience of working with international science research organisations, universities and academic researchers working on journals, digital communities and conferences. Proud UK Stem Ambassador. Experienced speaker and presenter. European Irish.

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Dr Niamh Shaw about 1 year ago

Thanks for this piece, Martin. The show went really well and we got a great review in the main national paper 'The Irish Times'. We are in the process of planning our UK tour as part of Culture Ireland's GB18 showcase programme, which is fully funded. So we're on the lookout for UK theatre venues to bring the show to this year, given that we have funding to tour the UK.


https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/are-bees-the-key-to-colonising-mars-1.3429755