For Tech Week 2021, ESERO Ireland and MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory, will bring you an online Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, and space industry partners. This Space Careers event 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 the space sector has to offer.
Our roadshows showcase the incredible diversity of careers that are available in the space industry. Astronauts, scientists, engineers, artists, and countless other professionals will show you what their dream job entails, and the path you can take to follow in their footsteps.
When: April 20th 2021
Audience – Transition Year, 5th and 6th year students. Second level teachers
Admission – Free. The keynote speeches will be available to stream directly from YouTube. Join* in digital breakout rooms where teachers/students can interact directly with speakers in Q&A sessions! *Digital breakout room positions are offered subject to availability.
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 a former Artist in Residence for CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.
Claire Fitzgerald – Senior Consultant at Arup
Claire works with Arup as a Senior Consultant in the Advanced Digital Engineering team. Claire has worked on a number of large international projects with societal and environmental benefits – from conservation work with the United Nations Environment Programme to disaster response coordination with the International Charter Space and Major Disasters.
Conor Cahalane – Satellite Earth Observation
Conor works with Satellite Earth Observation, Laser Scanning, and Drone Surveying at Maynooth University’s Dept of Geography. Conor’s interest lies in the range of applications of satellites, drones, and laser scanners. He has helped people in forestry, military, search and rescue and much more. For a full breakdown of Conor’s career you can check out his profile at ESERO Ireland’s Space Careers Webapge.
Fatima Pinto – Education Office at ESA
Fatima Pinto is a Science Didactics Expert at the European Space Agency’s Education Office. She graduated in Chemistry with a specialisation in teaching and also obtained a masters degree in Analytical Chemistry. She is coordinating the development of Earth Observation related classroom activities and school projects that focus in the use of real satellite data from different ESA Earth Observation missions.
Stephanie O’ Neill – ESERO Ireland
Stephanie has worked in STEM education and public engagement for 19 years. She has worked on many projects in that time including Science Week and has also developed national education projects at primary and secondary level such as Discover Primary Science and Maths and Discover Sensors . Since 2013 Stephanie has managed the European Space Education Resource Office ESERO Ireland which is a contract between SFI and ESA European Space Agency. Stephanie currently manages the SFI Discover Funding Call for education & public engagement projects including Science Week festivals.