Niamh Shaw – Learning to live Sustainably from a simulated Mars mission

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Date: November 15th - 6pm

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Award-winning science communicator Niamh Shaw participated in a simulated Mars mission in 2017 and after just 15 days in isolation with limited water, food and energy supplies her whole perception of living on Earth changed forever. She will share her experiences on that mission and demonstrate simpler ways of living that have emerged from living in the extremes. This talk is the third in the ‘Space in Society’ series, curated by Shaw exclusively for Wexford Science Festival.

Award-winning science communicator, writer, performer, engineer and scientist, Dr. Niamh Shaw is a passionate advocate of sustainability and women in science. As communicator, Niamh has spoken at prominent events including the Irish President’s residence (Áras an Uachtaráin) on International Women’s Day 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs Dublin on St Brigids Day 2020, WIRED Live UK, TEDxUCD and New Scientist (UK) and has appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ on Irish television. She presents space and Earth-themed content for younger viewers on RTÉ televisions ‘Home School Hub’. In her own work, she is inspired by the overview effect experienced by astronauts upon seeing Earth for the first time, and wants to use the perspective of space to consider smarter and more sustainable alternatives for all Earth citizens. She writes for BBC’s Sky at Night magazine and recently launched her first book ‘Dream Big’ from Mercier Press.

Niamh Shaw’s Podcast ‘Humans of Space’ can be accessed here


This event is no longer available to watch but you can find out more about Dr. Niamh Shaw on her website.

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