ESERO Ireland-Space Careers Roadshow at Waterford Institute of Technology Arena

For Engineers Week 2020 Waterford Institute of Technology will host an ESERO Ireland Space Careers Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation 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, 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.

We are thrilled to announce that this roadshow will feature John O Donoghue, whose company provided a heat resistant coating for the upcoming Solar Orbiter Mission from the European Space Agency.

Date – March 5th 2020

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 – Via Booking Form below

Speaker Profiles:

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 former Artist in Residence for CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Shane Sutton

Shane Sutton is an award winning street artist whose work earned him an art residency with the European Space Agency in 2019. Shane’s art regularly features space as a theme, and he has recently joined the team at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory as their artist in residence.On March 2st (2019) he became the first street artist to sign work in weightlessness on a zero Gravity flight after winning the 2018 ‘Graffiti Without Gravity’ Street art competition with the The Hague Street Art and the European Space Agency Holland. Shane engages in a number of outreach inititatives, including his work with the Scoop Foundation. He has been working on the ground in the IDP camps with Kurdish people in Iraq on the Turkey/Syrian border.

Dr Niall Smith

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.

Mary Doyle Kent


Mary Doyle-Kent is a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is a Charted Engineer and is the current Chair of Engineers Ireland South East Region.

Prior to joining WIT, Mary had ten year’s industrial including working in the automobile industry in France as a Design Engineer, working  for a group in Maynooth University that did space R&D , a New Products Engineer in a toy company in Waterford and New Products Manager in a sunglass company in Waterford.

Mary is currently studying for a Technical Doctorate in the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. She holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Engineering from DCU and one in Mathematics from TCD as well an honours Degree and a Diploma in Production Engineering from TUD.

John O’ Donoghue

John is the CEO of Enbio. John’s story is an inspiring one, showing that a career in the space industry is possible from a wide array of backgrounds. While John’s primary focus is biomedical, the products his company produces have surprising applications in the space industry. The most impressive example is that Enbio have developed a heat resistant coating that will be used to protect the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter from the Sun’s intense heat. The Solar Orbiter is due to launch from Cape Canaveral in mid February.

Stephanie O’ Neill

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.




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  • Dates: Thursday 5th March, 2020
  • Time 10:00 - 13:30
  • Venue: WIT Arena West Campus Carriganore Co. Waterford

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