This event is aimed at the general public and is designed to capitalise on the recent Mars landing. Introduced and moderated by Dr Niamh Shaw with a panel of experts. Niamh is an engineer, scientist actor, comedian and writer. She has drawn on her technical and artistic experiences to become Ireland’s leading space communicator. The panel comprises:
Kevin Nolan is a lecturer in Physics at Technological University Dublin at Tallaght Campus. Kevin is an expert on Mars and author of the popular science book “Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone” (Springer);
Dr Mary Bourke TCD is an Earth and Planetary Geomorphologist with expertise in extreme environments on Earth and Mars. She has worked in Oxford and the Planetary Science Institute, Arizona before moving to Trinity and has worked on many NASA funded projects on Mars;
John O Donoghue a Wexford native, set up Enbio as a biomedical company in 2006. He developed a process for coating metals that has found applications in the space industry, which led to the establishment of Enbio Space Technologies Centre in Clonmel. The company has developed the heat resistant coating for the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter Mission.