Niamh Shaw to host EPSC2020 Daily Briefings and Interviews
September 17, 2020

Niamh Shaw to host EPSC2020 Daily Briefings and Interviews

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Niamh Shaw will be hosting the Daily Briefings and Interviews for EPSC2020.

Dr Niamh Shaw. Credit: Steve Humphreys

Niamh is a member of the Europlanet Outreach committee for Ireland & UK. A polymath with 2 degrees in engineering, a PhD in science and almost 20 years of performance & writing experience, she has been providing events for the general public since 2014. A recent graduate of practical science communication at Cambridge University, Niamh was awarded ‘Outstanding contributions to STEM Communications’ by Science Foundation Ireland in 2018.

As keynote speaker she has spoken at prominent events including Áras an Uachtaráin on International Women’s Day 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs Dublin on St Brigids Day 2020, WIRED Live UK, NASA Johnson Space Centre (USA), TEDxUCD and New Scientist (UK).

Her first book ‘Dream Big- an Irishwoman’s Space Odyssey’ from Mercier Press was published in March 2020 and she writes regularly for BBC’s Sky at Night magazine. Her new weekly podcast ‘Humans of Space’ on Spotify and Apple Podcasts is an in-depth chat targetted at the general public to highlight the interdisciplinary and international expertise in the space sector.

Whenever the pandemic is pushed back, Niamh plans to resume work on her project ‘Walking Slowly to Space’, a global walking project to meet & chat with diverse communities, & share & exchange ideas about science & space. 

Twitter: @dr_niamh_shaw

Instagram: @dr_niamh_shaw

Daily interviews at EPSC2020:

IV1 Monday 21 September – EPSC 2020 and looking ahead

What’s coming up at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020? Find out about the role of the meeting for the planetary community and look ahead to EPSC 2021 in Helsinki and 2022 in Granada.

Guests: Nigel Mason (President, Europlanet Society), Harri Haukka (Chair EPSC 2021 LOC, Helsinki), Luisa Lara (Chair, EPSC 2022 LOC, Granada)

IV2 – Tuesday 22 September: Supporting the planetary community

Find out about services provided for the planetary community by the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project, a 10 million Euro project funded by EU under H2020. Launched in February, Europlanet 2024 RI provides free access to the world’s largest collection of planetary simulation and analysis facilities, data services and tools, a ground-based observational network and programme of community support activities.

Guests: Gareth Davies (Transnational Access Facilities), Angelo Pio Rossi (Virtual Access Services), Manuel Scherf – Europlanet Telescope Network Coordinator)

IV3 – Wednesday 23 September: BepiColombo flyby of Venus

Find out about the upcoming BepiColombo flyby of Venus on 15 October and the observational campaign in support of the encounter. 

Guests: Johannes Benkhoff (PI, BepiColombo mission), Javier Peralta – (Coordinator of BepiColombo/Solar Parker Probe/Venus campaign), Ricardo Hueso (Coordinator of BepiColombo/Solar Parker Probe/Venus campaign)

IV4 – Thursday 24 September: Science in a changing world

How is the scientific community adapting to the pandemic and a rapidly changing world. How has publishing been affected by Covid-19? What are the longer-term implications? Will the move towards virtual meetings lead to a more environmentally sustainable conference programme in the future?

Guests: May Chiao (Chief Editor, Nature Astronomy), Ken Hiltner (Nearly Carbon Neutral Conference/ University of California at Santa Barbara)

IV5 – Friday 25 September: Planetary science in the field and lab

Find out about planetary science in the field and the lab, including the search for and characterisation of meteorids, the anaologue opportunities of the Makgadikgadi salt pans, as well as art and music inspired by a visit to the analogue field site at the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia.

Guests: Giovanni Pratesi (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Fulvio Franchi (Botswana International University of Science and Technology).

IV6 – Monday 28 September: Voyage 2050

An update on ESA’s Voyage 2050 planning cycle, both from the perspective of those overseeing the process and those submitting White Papers.

Guests: Chris Arridge (Co-Chair, Voyage 2050 Senior Committee), Patricio Becerra (Voyage 2050 White Paper Co-lead)

IV7 – Tuesday 29 September: Industry and planetary science

What are the benefits for both sides of academia – industry collaborations?

Guests: Giovanna Tinetti (PI of the Ariel mission), Jeronimo Bernard-Salas – (ACRI-ST), Anna Szkulmowska (AM2M)

IV8 – Wednesday 30 September: Accessibility, Inclusion and Diversity

How can the planetary community address inclusion, accessibility and diversity?

Guests: Solmaz Adeli (DLR, Europlanet Diversity Committee member, EPEC-EPSC Working Group Chair), Stefano Biagini (University of Kent), Melinda Dosa (Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Europlanet Widening Participation Officer)

IV9 – Thursday 1 October: Mars Exploration

The latest news on Mars exploration, in the context of the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars, and looking ahead to ExoMars, MMX and sample return missions.

Guests: JA Manfredi (CAB-INTA), Elliot Sefton-Nash – ESA 

IV10 – Friday 2 October: Lunar Exploration and upcoming DPS meeting

Find out about plans for the upcoming DPS meeting from 26-30 October 2020 and look ahead to ESA’s plans for lunar exploration.

Guests: Amanda Hendrix DPS (video) – Chair, DPS, James Carpenter – ESA Exploration Strategy Officer

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