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Dr Niamh Shaw

Engineer, Scientist and Performer

Dr Niamh Shaw is an energetic, witty and lively speaker. Communicator, Scientist/Engineer and Creative, Niamh is a motivational speaker with a deep social conscience.  A role model for STEM careers and the empowerment of women in business, she is passionate about igniting people’s curiosity and sharing her message to embrace failure. Niamh recently won the Science Foundation Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication.

In 2011, she remembered her passion for space and that moment changed the course of her life forever.  She began to realise her dream and started her journey in becoming a Space Explorer. She shares innovative approaches to problem solving, collaboration and the personal steps she has learned that allowed her to dream big, develop a bigger social responsibility and fulfil her life’s ambitions.

Niamh's story will inspire us to embrace change and not to be afraid of looking for opportunities to achieve a full and valuable life.

She is Co-Chair of Humanities at the International Space University’s 2018 annual Space Studies Programme, and was Core Lectures Associate Chair of this programme in 2017.

Recently voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), she regularly contributes popular science topics on national radio and TV and at public science and arts festivals. She has interviewed/moderated and hosted a variety of science-themed events in Ireland and abroad. She collaborates with research and science institutions, arts and media centres, private corporations and NGO’s to attract new audiences of all ages to science and space. Niamh provides specialised communication workshops in the private sector and academic/research institutes and is a keynote speaker on thought leadership and creative mindset in the workplace.

Niamh believes that we can be many things at the same time. She is curious, always and embraces failure every day. Recently hired by A&L Goodbody, HP, ESB, Johnson & Johnson, and Inspire Fest 2017, she is a competent and experienced keynote, interviewer and moderator for your event. You can also listen to her recent speech at Áras an Uachtaráin for International Women's Day here.

1. Inspirational

  • Betting on yourself- Embracing failure, to allow us to achieve a full and happy life.
  • Walking slowly towards Space- 7 lessons learned that are getting me to Mars.
2. Motivational
  • A glass ceiling made of stars- Define yourself on your own terms. 7 lessons to change the world around you and how people see you.
3. Communication
  • Innovating across disciplines- a hands-on practical workshop on creativity and play for better communication, collaboration, and team dynamics in a diverse workplace.
  •  At the end of this workshop participants will understand better the benefits of embracing failure, work & communciate better together across teams, and access their innate creativity for better innovation, design and problem solving.

"Niamh Shaw is inspiring, a skilled story teller and an engaging speaker/performer. Her commitment to her passion for space is amazing but it is how she combines engineering and art that makes me think. I like her permission to fail, it's what all #WomeninSTEM need." Marion Palmer, Experienced Academic and Higher Education Manager

"I first saw Niamh on stage at InspireFest 2017 and was so impressed by her that I invited her to speak to HubSpot employees during our International Women's Day celebrations this March. Niamh not only inspired those who attended her session, but she left them thinking that absolutely anything is possible. Niamh delivered an entertaining, uplifting and motivational talk at HubSpot. which was enjoyed by all. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Niamh to deliver a talk your employees won't forget."
Kate Moran, EMEA Culture Program Manager at Hubspot

"Niamh is a very engaging and powerful communicator, ready to help people achieve more than they set out to. A brilliantly creative person with strong background knowledge and experience in living through her ideas. I have only worked with her briefly, but it was enough to involve her as an expert advisor in other projects. I look forward to future collaborations. Niamh is an inspirational person to merely hang out with, but brings that to teamwork and performance and problem solving and public engagement and research too." Ed Chester, Chartered Engineer; Innovation and Project Manager; Technical Consultant

"Niamh is an invaluable member of my network of speakers for our PhD development Programme in UCD. Not only is her style so appropriate for postgraduate researchers, her background as a food scientist, a PhD student and post doc make her uniquely placed to understand the challenges that this group have in describing their research to the wider audience than the scientific community. By teaching them to find a hook for their story, instilling enthusiasm and letting go of perfectionism, in one day she can work wonders with a group in bringing their research to life.
Her sessions are great fun and so energetic, but more importantly they have a lasting impact. She is enthusiastic, reliable and authentic and it is a pleasure to recommend Niamh for any training work in developing public speaking skills." Julie Dowsett UCD Manager Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme

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