A former full-time academic, Niamh promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) careers and women in STEM in her public speaking activities and her contributions on national TV, radio, and press. She recently spoke at InspireFest
about her dream to contribute to human space exploration as an artist and communicator (see video below). Other speaking events include TEDxUCD
and & World Science Festival
, Brisbane and Scintillating Science
with Dara O’Briain during Science week
She is Co-Chair of Humanities at the International Space University’s 2018 annual Space Studies Programme in The Netherlands, was Core Lectures Associate Chair in 2017, is an 2015 alumnus of this same programme and has lectured on Space Communications and Arts on this programme.
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. She recently co-founded Connect2Communicate with UCD Researchand Tyndall Institute, a communications academy for researchers and academics using improvisation and theatre, working with the Alda Centre for Communications in New York in developing the curriculum.
Niamh hosts and creates STEM-related events for corporate clients, the general public and families including Art in Mind with the British Council, Bake in Space withAndrew Smyth BBC’s Great British Bakeoff Finallist, ‘My Place in Space’, Shakespeare Lives in Science: Can Shakespeare make you fall in Love? and many more.
She has presented at festivals included Cheltenham Science Festival (2017, 2016) Northern Ireland Science Festival (2017), Science week (2017, 2016, 2015), Space week (2017, 2016), Festival of Curiosity (2016, 2015, 2014).
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.