For the beginning of Space Week 2019, the University of Limerick will host a Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO Ireland and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. These roadshows will provide students with an excellent opportunity to engage with space industry professionals, and third level institutions, so that they can get a taste of the exciting opportunities that a STEM career in Space has to offer.
In addition to excellent speakers, flash talks, and project demos, students will have the opportunity to mingle with space industry groups, interactive artists, and more during an interactive lunchtime exhibition. Participants will have the opportunity to win a telescope and a souvenir mission patch signed by NASA Astronaut Dan Tani.
See below for this years confirmed speakers:
Audience – Transition Year, 5th and 6th year students. Second level teachers
Admission – Free
(It is a condition of registration, that all applicants complete pre-event and post-event evaluations).
Registration – Book here.
Dr Niamh Shaw – MC
Niamh is a performer, writer & communicator with 2 degrees in engineering & a PhD in science. Passionate about igniting peoples curiosity, she explores crossovers in STEM, art & communication to share the human story of science.
Niamh has set herself a mission to get to space as an artist and citizen. She has created 3 theatre shows, 3 multimedia installations, hit a zero gravity flight, witnessed live launches & landings of astronaut crews, completed over 20 EVA hrs as analogue astronaut at simulated Mars missions, studied & lectured at ISU’s Space Studies Programme, created her first RTÉ radio series ‘Curious Humans’. She has spoken at events including WIRED Live UK, Space Rocks (ESA), NASA Johnson Space Centre, Inspirefest, New Scientist (UK), at academic & space-related conferences, schools, career events & is a regular contributor to BBC’s Sky at Night magazine since 2016. Niamh is also the current Artist in Residence for CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.
Dr Niall Smith – Head of CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Niall is a founding member of Blackrock Castle Observatory and was appointed as CIT’s first Head of Research in 2006. Dr. Smith is a member of the International Astronomical Union, a member of several National Committees and an associate staff member at University College Cork. Niall’s research interests include developing instruments for high precision photometry from the ground, optical searches for extrasolar planets and robotic telescope arrays. The BCO team use this expertise to install robotic telescopes in California and India, part-funded under the SFI Discover programme, with the aim to bring real world technology into the classroom to aid with the teaching of STEM. Niall leads the Local Organising Committee that won the bid to bring the International Space University’s 30th Space Studies Programme to Ireland from June-August 2017.
Eoin Tuohy – Masters Student at International Space University
Eóin grew up in Kilmacanogue in Co. Wicklow. He went to school in St. Brendan’s College, Bray before starting his studies in UCD doing a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Following that, he did a two year Masters in Mechanical Engineering with business. Eóin then spent some time travelling and working in Australia. During this time, he decided to pursue a career in the space sector. He is currently completing a Masters of Space Studies in the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. As part of these studies, he undertook a 6-month internship in the European Astronaut Centre with the Spaceship EAC team. He is currently working on In-Situ Resource Utilization (IRSU) with Lunar regolith simulant as well as working on Lunar dust mitigation techniques.
Orla Punch – Space Architect
Orla is an architecture graduate from the University of Limerick, 2015. Her final year thesis – exploring the possibility of building on Mars – was awarded the President’s Gold Medal and a European Architectural Medal Honorary Mention for Innovation. She carried out a Master of Science with the International Space University, focused on optimising Human Performance in Space Exploration through design. She has worked as a Space Architect with the European Astronaut Centre’s Spaceship EAC team on a Lunar Analogue Facility, as part of ESA’s Moon Village concept. She is currently based in San Francisco with Foster + Partners architecture studio.
This Space Week event is supported by Communicating Europe, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative.
Registration: Entrance is free, but booking is required.