For this entertaining and award-winning speaker, space highlights the power of our own agency as humans, inviting us to see the world more holistically. Shared with characteristic wit and warmth, her story inspires us to embrace change and not to be afraid of seeking opportunities to achieve a full and valuable life.
Through her work with STEM, STEAM and mainstream audiences, Niamh has witnessed firsthand how understanding space better can awaken us to our interconnectedness and to the shared human endeavor at the heart of science: making life on this planet better, as a collective. When we understand our agency in the world, we gain hope and confidence that we can make a difference to the crisis on the planet. Recently consolidated by a qualification in Practical Science Communicating from Cambridge University, Niamh’s work firmly places the legacy of David Attenborough into ordinary people’s hands, inspiring them to take ownership of their part of the world and seek to change it for the better.
Niamh’s mission to get to space officially began In 2011, but her belief in the power of knowledge to help us feel connected is rooted in her youth. For Niamh, learning was her anchor, and space is where she found connection. As a hugely popular speaker 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 has served as Co-Chair of Humanities at the International Space University’s 2018 annual Space Studies Programme, and Core Lectures Associate Chair of this programme in 2017. She has interviewed/moderated and hosted a variety of science-themed events in Ireland and abroad. In late 2020 she was awarded a space on the prestigious Homeward Bound project, which is about climate change and women). They select 100 women every year, culminating in a trip to Antarctica (pandemic allowing).
She has also returned to Irish national broadcaster RTE’s Home School Hub, and when travel restrictions ease she will head to Hawaii on an exciting Lunar analogue mission called Hi-SEAS.