2 November 2017
By Elaine Murphy
Network Cork, the Cork branch of Network Ireland, will host an exciting event with astronaut-in-training Dr Niamh Shaw on Thursday 9 November in Griffith College Cork.
Dr Niamh Shaw, engineer, scientist and performer, is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity, merging performance & theatre with communication, engineering, science, art and technology. She is interested in pushing boundaries in telling the human story behind science, creating science events for family and arts audiences. Since she was 8 years old, Niamh has wanted to go to Space. But she did very little about it for a very long time. In 2011, she decided to make her life an art experiment in exploring the pursuit of lifelong dreams, presenting her work in theatrical, and in other publicly engaged platforms. As part of this, Niamh plans to be a future space colonist, to contribute to human space exploration as artist and communicator.
Speaking ahead of the event, Network Cork President Ciara Wilson stated:
“We are delighted to have Niamh Shaw as our guest speaker at this event. She is an excellent example of a hardworking and inspirational woman who has shown that it’s possible to reinvent yourself at any time and follow your dream.”
Dr Shaw is an advocate of ‘Women in STEM’, and was recently voted one of Ireland’s top 10 science communicators by Silicon Republic, acknowledging her work in STEAM & contributions on national TV, radio, press & public speaking events incl. Inspire Fest 2017, TEDxUCD and the World Science Festival 2016. She participated in a simulated Mars mission in January 2017 and is the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. She said, ‘I believe that we can be many things at the same time. I am curious always and embrace failure every day.’
This event, which starts at 6pm with networking, is free for Network Cork members, €25 (including booking fee) for non-members. Advance booking is essential. To book please visit https://networkcorkastronaut.eventbrite.ie or, for further information, please see www.networkcork.com.
About Network Cork:
Network Ireland Cork Branch provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. It liaises with national and international organisations and creates links with Government and State bodies. Network Cork is one of 13 branches of Network Ireland, a national organisation.
Network Cork holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.
Network Cork is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City. The Local Enterprise Office is the first stop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. For further information please visit www.localenterprise.ie.
AIB is a partner of Network Ireland and supports the organisation at both a national and regional level.